Rector's Reflection
St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
March 7, 2021
Good morning St. John's Community,

This past week hundreds of Episcopalians across the country attended (virtually) a conference that welcomed Darren Walker, head of of the Ford Foundation, as the opening keynote speaker. His thought-provoking talk dealt with the trap that institutions fall into when their highest goal becomes preservation, when instead it could be innovation.

No surprise, church culture can be especially guilty of this attitude.

In these pandemic times, strangely enough, innovation has become necessary for preservation! While Covid is a tragedy, this shift in mindset is a blessing. During the three-day conference, we heard numerous accounts of how people in the church across the Anglican Communion have been innovating new ways for us to do what God calls us to do. It was impossible not to be inspired. We have done our share of this innovative living here at St. John's as well.

While I look forward to when we get to leave this time in the wilderness, I pray we do not leave what we've learned here.

Today's service will be live-streamed and available to watch with others when it "premiers" at 9am on Facebook, or at any time after that on our website or our YouTube page. *Note: an issue with our livestream has affected some of our recent services, but we are making every effort to correct it going forward.

Happily, we are carefully scaling upward for in-person attendance. We have increased the number of open seats in worship to 25. In order to attend, you will need to sign up by Thursday at noon, which you can do by either clicking here or by calling the church office at 202-347-8766. If seating is no longer available, we will put you at the top of the list for the next service. If and when you are able, we look forward to having you join us!

God's peace,


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St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
1525 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
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