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, September 15, 10 AM)

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Sermon Title: "Look Again" by Rev. Jim Reisner

Our Gospel text this Sunday tells a most unusual healing story. Jesus heals a blind man that's hardly unique. This time, however, it takes Jesus a second time to complete the healing. When at first Jesus puts saliva on the mans eyes and lays his hands on him, the man can see in part. He says, "I can see people, but they look like trees, walking." So Jesus lays his hands on the mans eyes again, and this time the man can see everything clearly.

Now wait just a second. When does Jesus ever need a second chance to complete a task? Doesn't Jesus get it right first time, every time? So, what's going on here? Why would Mark tell a story about a blind man who needed a second time to see everything clearly?

Maybe Mark wants his readers to take a second look. The plot line of Mark's Gospel is about to take a turn. Jesus and the disciples will begin to head for Jerusalem and for the cross that awaits Jesus there. Mark wants us to take another look at Jesus so that we might see him more clearly, follow him more nearly, love him more dearly, day by day.

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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