WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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

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

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

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.

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John's Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.
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Upcoming Music

St. John’s Church Choir Anthems October 7, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Parish Choir (9:00 am) St. John’s Choir (11:00 am)
October 7 October 7
Wesley, The Lord Hath been Mindful Wesley, The Lord Hath been Mindful
Ponniah, God be in my head Ponniah, God be in my head
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October 14 October 14
Larson, Lloyd, I want Jesus to walk with me Larson, Lloyd, I want Jesus to walk with me
Bruckner, Locus iste Mealor, Locus iste
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October 21 October 21
Tipton, Be thou my vision Whitacre, hope, faith, love, life
Roberts, Bill, O taste and see Roberts, Bill, O taste and see
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October 28 October 28
Rutter, For the beauty of the earth + flute Rutter, For the beauty of the earth + flute
Finzi, My spirit sang all day Finzi, My spirit sang all day
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November 4 (All Saint’s Sunday) November 4 (All Saint’s Sunday)
Locklair, Remembrance + trumpet Locklair, Remembrance + trumpet
Bairstow, Let all mortal flesh keep silence Bairstow, Let all mortal flesh keep silence
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November 11 November 11
Harris, Holy is the true light Aston, So they gave their bodies
Daley, In Remembrance Harris, Holy is the true light
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November 18 – Bishop’s Visit November 18 – Bishop’s Visit
Bach, Motet: Lobet den Herrn + cello  Bach, Motet: Lobet den Herrn + cello 
Calvin Hampton, We plow the fields Calvin Hampton, We plow the fields
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November 22 – Thanksgiving Service
Single 10am service w/Octet from the St. John’s Choir
Stanford, Jubilate in B-flat
Strutt, In our day of Thanksgiving
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November 25 – Full St. John’s Choir at both services November 25 – Full St. John’s Choir at both services
Piccolo, O come and let us sing unto the Lord Piccolo, O come and let us sing unto the Lord
Ešenvalds, This is my father’s world Ešenvalds, This is my father’s world
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December 2 – Advent I; Year ‘C’ begins December 2 – Advent I; Year ‘C’ begins
Prelude:  Handel, Every Valley Prelude:  Handel, Every Valley
Manz, E’en so Lord Jesus Quickly Come
Bell, Before the worldbegan (A700) Bell, Before the world began (A700)
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December 9 – Advent II December 9 – Advent II
Prelude:  Handel, Thus Saith the Lord Prelude:  Handel, Thus Saith the Lord
Davidson, All earth is waiting (SJMP) + flute Davidson, All earth is waiting (SJMP) + flute
Mendelssohn, How lovely are themessengers Mendelssohn, How lovely are themessengers
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December 16 – Advent III December 16 – Advent III
Handel, O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings Cooman, Carson, Adam lay ybounden
Belafonte, Turn the World Around +percussion Shadle, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Goudimel, Comfort, comfort ye my people Antin, The Annunciation
Cleobury, Joys Seven
Parry, Three Angels
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December 23 – Advent IV December 23 – Advent IV
Prelude:  Mozart, Et incarnatus est Prelude:  Mozart, Et incarnatus est
Rachmaninoff,Bogorodītse Dēvo Rachmaninoff, Bogorodītse Dēvo
Parsons, Ave Maria Parsons, Ave Maria
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December 24 – Christmas Eve – 4 PM Pageant December 24 – Christmas Eve – 7 PM and 11 PM
Viejo, Ríu, Ríu, Chíu (Prelude) Viejo, Ríu, Ríu, Chíu (Prelude)
Three Composers, Lo how a rose (Prelude) Three Composers, Lo how a rose (Prelude)
Darke, In the bleak midwinter (Prelude) Charpentier, Messe de Minuit Pour Noël
Sweelinck, Hodie Christus natus est (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei)
Rutter, Candlelight Carol Sweelinck, Hodie Christus natus est
Rutter, Candlelight Carol
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December 30 – Full St. John’s Choir at both services December 30 – Full St. John’s Choir at both services
Britten, New Year’s Carol(prelude) Britten, New Year’s Carol(prelude)
Willcocks, Unto us is born a Son Willcocks, Unto us is born a Son
Willcocks, Infant holy, infant lowly Willcocks, Infant holy, infant lowly
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January 6 (Epiphany Observed) January 6 (Epiphany Observed)
Cornelius, The Three Kings Cornelius, The Three Kings
Virgil Thomson, The Morning Star Three Kings Procession
Virgil Thomson, The Morning Star
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January 13 (Epiphany I) January 13 (Epiphany I)
Gardner, Tomorrow shall be my dancing day Rütti, Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Lauridson, O nata lux Lauridson, O nata lux
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January 20 (Epiphany II) January 20 (Epiphany II)
Hogan, Witness Hogan, Witness
Hogan, Let the Heaven Light Shine on Me Hogan, Let the Heaven Light Shine on Me
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January 27 (Epiphany III) January 27 (Epiphany III)
Purcell, Thy word is a lantern +ATB solos    Purcell, Thy word is a lantern +ATB solos   
Byrd, Ave verum Byrd, Ave verum
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February 3 (Epiphany IV – Annual Meeting) February 3 (Epiphany IV – Annual Meeting)
Thompson, Alleluia Wood, Hail, gladdening light
Archer, Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester Thompson, Alleluia
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February 10 (Epiphany V) February 10 (Epiphany V)
Candlyn, Christ, whose glory fills the skies Candlyn, Christ, whose glory fills the skies
Todd, Will, Lead me Lord Todd, Will, Lead me Lord
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February 17 (Epiphany VI) February 17 (Epiphany VI)
Handel, Since by man came death Muhly, The Beatitudes
Stanford, Beati quorum via Stanford, Beati quorum via
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February 24 (Epiphany VII) February 24 (Epiphany VII)
Stopford, O All Ye Works Rorem, Arise, Shine
Marshall, Jane, Eternal Light Stopford, O All Ye Works
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March 3 (Full St. John’s Choir only) March 3 Jazz Music Festival (w/both choirs + Dan Duffold Jazz Ensemble)
Rorem, Arise, Shine McAllister, Judith, Hallelujah, You’re Worthy
Rose, Here, O my Lord Roberts/Haywood, Jazz Psalm
Selections from André Thomas’ Mass: A Celebration of Love & Joy, and
Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass – Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus
Gjeilo, Evening Prayer
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March 6 – Ash Wed noon service w/Octet from the St. John’s Choir
Berger, Create in Me a Clean Heart
William Bradley Roberts, Where your Treasure Is
Strutt, In our day of Thanksgiving
Psalm 51, Plainsong

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