Worship

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.

This Sunday's Worship (Sunday, March 24, Third Sunday of Lent, 11 AM)

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Sermon Title: Urgency

The prophet Isaiah asks, "Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?" That's a question that is at least as relevant now as it was to Isaiah's original 6th century B.C.E. audience.

We chase after that which does not satisfy. Our souls wither amidst our toys and technologies. We exhaust ourselves in our urgent pursuit of what is bigger, and faster, and more.

Jesus asks his disciples to turn in another direction, from self-aggrandizement to a selfless life. It is an urgent message, for time is slipping away. An old Jewish prayer on the sabbath says it well: "Years pass, days vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles."

Jesus promises an abundant life, but not of possessions. The abundant life Jesus promises is filled with the fruits of forgiveness, mercy, healing, compassion, generosity, hospitality and justice.

Easter Lilies

Easter Lily Donations Accepted In celebration of the Risen Christ, let's adorn the sanctuary with lilies on Easter Sunday, April 21. You may give a lily in memory of someone, or in honor of someone. Names will be printed in the bulletin, and the flowers can be taken home after the Easter worship service.

The price is $15per Lily Pot. Checks should be made payable to TPPC. The last day to order is April 14. Please contact worship@takomaparkpc.org to place an order.

Thank you.

Contemplative Evening Worship for the Month of May

Contemplative Evening Worship on Wednesdays in May The TPPC Worship Ministry announces a series of Wednesday evening worship services during the month of May. These services will be held in the Sanctuary starting at 7:30 PM.

The present schedule has a Taize worship series planned for the first, third, and fifth Sundays, and with evening prayer services planned for the second and fourth Wednesdays.

For more information, contact worship@takomaparkpc.org.

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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