TPPC has one service on Sunday. For most of the year, services start at 11 AM. During the summer months (usually starting at the first Sunday after Memorial Day), services start at 10 AM. We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month and occasionally at special services such as Easter Sunday.

The boiler has been replaced and heating has been restored, so worship returns to the sanctuary this Sunday, December 10.

This Sunday's Worship (December 10, Advent II, Choral Sunday)

Service Preview (Rev. Jim Reisner):

This Sunday the TPPC choir will join with special guests from Washington Adventist University to perform Magnificat by Mark Hayes and conducted by Dr. James Bingham.

The Magnificat is the most radical political statement in all of scripture. Mary sings: "God has shown strength with Godís arm; God has scattered the proud in the imaginations of their hearts. God has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; God has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty."

Can you imagine what the response would have been if Mary had shared that on Twitter? The trolls would have come out in force.

Love is always subversive to power, and the powerful understand this. But do common folk understand it? If you are unhappy with the way that the world looks these days from the top down, then your best recourse for change is to love as Jesus loved. Love friends, but also love enemies. Love those with whom you agree; love also those whose views are different than yours. Love your neighbor, but also love the foreigner in your midst, the sojourner, and those in far away, distant lands.

Worship at TPPC

We usually have at least one special service each month. Many of these services incorporate elements of music, dance or drama to enhance the worship experience. Special services we have held in the past included:

The annual World Communion Sunday in October, in which all are invited to pray in their native tongue and dress in their country's traditional clothing, is particularly well attended.

In our worship, we seek to use inclusive language in hymns, prayers and Scripture lessons. Our policy on inclusive language (PDF) in worship can be accessed from this website. This file requires the Adobe Reader to access the URL, which is available free from Adobe.

Recently, the Worship committee has developed guidelines for guest preachers and lay participation in worship at TPPC; these guidelines (PDF) are available on this website.

Instructions for liturgists have been added to this website, and included the most commonly used calls to confession, assurances of pardon and prayers for illumination used in our worship services.

TPPC also has acquired a labyrinth, and sponsors regular events utilizing the labyrinth. More information on TPPC's labyrinth is available on this website.

For more information, contact the Worship Committee at worship@takomaparkpc.org.

Families are Welcome at Worship

TPPC welcomes families with infants and children to our worship services. A nursery is available for toddlers in the Teddy Bear Room on the first level of the Education Building. Older preschoolers are cared for upstairs in a separate room.

Children are invited to come forward for the "time with children." Afterwards, pre-school and elementary age children are invited upstairs in the education building for Bible story movies followed by free play time. Your infant or small child is welcome to stay with you in worship. If the child becomes uncomfortable and needs care during the service, feel free to leave the sanctuary. There is a changing table and rocking chair in the room next to the rest room just outside the sanctuary. Books to share with your children are in your pew. Please do not leave your child unsupervised at the back of the sanctuary.

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