US PRESIDENT Barack Obama kept with tradition by attending Easter services at an Episcopal church near the White House where past presidents frequently worshipped.
The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha (11) and Malia (14) took the short walk across Lafayette Park to St John's Church yesterday morning.
Mr Obama was greeted with handshakes and smiles as church members returned to their seats from Communion, which the first family also joined.
The sermon by Rev Dr Luis Leon was based on the Gospel of John. Rev Dr Leon said the "Easter vision" was the ability of people to recognise the presence of Christ in their life, which would allow them to see the world in a new way without pain, loneliness, injustice, war, hate and despair.
The Obamas have previously worshipped at St John's, including Easter services in 2009 and 2012.
A pew nine rows back from the altar at St John's carries a small brass plaque designating it as 'The President's Pew'. Church history claims that every president since James Madison has visited.