Oba­mas visit his­toric church near White House

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Pres­i­dent Obama at­tended ser­vice at a his­toric church that is steps away from the White House and of­ten fre­quented by sit­ting pres­i­dents.

Mr. Obama was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Michelle, and daugh­ter, Sasha, on the cloudy, brisk morn­ing as they walked through Lafayette Square to St. John’s Epis­co­pal Church.

The ser­vice in­cluded scrip­ture read­ings from Num­bers 21, Eph­e­sians 2, John 3 and the singing of “Amaz­ing Grace.”

The vis­it­ing pas­tor, the Rev. Thomas Reid Ward Jr., re­flected on the words of the pop­u­lar hymn writ­ten by John New­ton and told the con­gre­ga­tion that God’s grace in­stills faith and courage. “All we have to do is be­lieve,” he said. The Oba­mas par­tic­i­pated in the au­di­ence wel­come of greet­ing pew neigh­bors and in holy Com­mu­nion be­fore walk­ing back to the ex­ec­u­tive man­sion.

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