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.

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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

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent 2020

When I received the readings for today’s Pathways, I was told that I could write whatever was in my heart. I opened my Bible and read the assigned words and they did not touch me, so I decided to sit quietly to see what was in my heart. It was the first time I had done so since the pandemic struck our nation in such a terrible way. My work requires that I pay attention to current events and has been keeping me inordinately busy documenting the horror of what is happening. Grief over the recent death of my sister has kept me distracted.


When I quieted myself, I realized that what was in my heart was awful fear, confusion, and sadness. I wept for awhile, and then my eyes fell on a passage close to the assigned reading for the day. It made my heart relax because it reminded me of what I know is true. “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” (John 10:27-30.)


He brings me peace in the midst of the storm. I just need to remember to take time out and seek Him.


Sherill Mason


Appointed readings for today:

Ezekiel 37:21–28

Psalm 85:1–7

John 11:45–53