Welcome to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square—a vibrant historic Episcopal church located across from the White House. We invite you to join with us for worship, Christian fellowship and outreach.


From our organization as a parish in 1815 to today, St. John's Church has provided a powerful symbol of faith in the heart of our nation's capital.


At St. John's, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. In worship, education, parish life, and social action, we seek to expand our horizons by serving God by loving one another.

Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Directions & Parking

Located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in Northwest Washington, St. John's is near the McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Limited street parking is available; free valet parking is offered for certain hours.
Pathways Through Lent

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent 2020

Many of us have heard sermons on how the Potter can take a blob of clay, a life, and turn it into a vessel of usefulness and beauty. Today’s reading, Jeremiah 18:1-11, struck me in that the Potter was actually shaping an evil vessel. Our Father God was deliberately planning evil against Judah if they chose not to listen to Him and turn from their evil ways.  A chance for the clay to choose to be useful and beautiful…A choice we have before us regularly.

The Potter takes the clay, shapes, spins, toils, then finds a less than desirable result. Unsatisfied, the Potter sweeps the clay off the wheel, and begins again, only to make something as seemed good to Him. Something useful. Something beautiful.

The New Testament reading says Jesus desires the usefulness and beauty of servanthood rather than arrogance and tyranny. Choose to submit to the hand of the Potter:

Have mercy on me…

My times are in Your Hand…

Make your face to shine upon your servant,

And in Your lovingkindness save me.

Annette Anfinrud

Links to the appointed readings for today:

Jeremiah 18:1–11,18–20

Psalm 31:9–16

Matthew 20:17–28