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WASHINGTON--For the sixth time since becoming president, President Obama attended church in Washington.

The First Family walked through Lafayette Square from the White House--no motorcade, it's just a block--to St. John's Episcopal Church. The family left at 8:49 a.m. for the 9 a.m. service. Obama was wearing a suit; First Lady Michelle, Sasha, and Malia in dresses.

The gospel is Luke 16:1-13, which ends 'You cannot serve God and wealth."

From the pool report: "The sermon was on the Luke passage mentioned in first pool report, the parable of the dishonest steward.

"St. John's rector the Revd. Dr Luis Leon, preaching, said the parable was a complicated one but that he understood it as an instruction to "act shrewdly on behalf of God" and that Luke is advising that listeners make choices about God and that "the time to act is now."

"The Obamas sat a few rows back from the altar, among around 40 worshippers. The first family all went up for communion, led by the president.

"The first family left the church by the side door at 10.03am and walked slowly through the park back to the White House.

Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue in front of White House were closed to the public.

The Obama family never joined a church in Washington. President Obama said it was too disruptive to the congregation to have them attend. The last time the Obama family was at a Sunday service in Washington was April 4. Obama also attends services when he is at Camp David, the presidential retreat.

In August, two polls came out with findings that a chunk of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim: A Pew Research survey put the number at 18 percent; a Time magazine poll found 24 percent said he was a Muslim.

FOOTNOTE: Obama brought a staffer with him to worship with his family: Sitting with the first family was Joshua Dubois, head of the White House faith and neighborhood partnerships office, according to the pool report.

Below, my post about Obama's April church visit...

For fifth time, Obama attends church in Washington; Easter Sunday at AME church

WASHINGTON--President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Malia, Sasha and First Gram, Marian Robinson, attended Easter Sunday services (April 4) at Allen Chapel AME.

The church is in a part of the city a few miles from a recent shooting spree that left four dead. This is the fifth time Obama has attended church in Washington since becoming president. ..

My post on the fourth visit the Obama family to a Washington church is here.

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