Obamas attend service at historic church near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama attended services Sunday at a historic church that is steps away from the White House and often frequented by sitting presidents.

Mr. Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Sasha walked through Lafayette Square to St. John’s Episcopal Church on a cloudy, brisk morning.

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

The visiting preacher, 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 congregation welcome of greeting pew neighbors and in Holy Communion before walking back to the executive mansion.

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