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, October 13, 11 AM)

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Sermon Title: "Exilic Christians" by Rev. Jim Reisner

One of my elderly parishioners in Elizabeth, New Jersey, once told me that the whole neighborhood around him had changed through the years. He was the only person on his block who spoke English. He was living in the house where he had been born, but he felt as though he was living in a different land.

In a world full of change there are times when we experience exile. Fortunately, within the Judeo-Christian scriptures there are a multitude of texts that address the experience of exile. The prophet, Jeremiah, in the 6th century BCE, spoke to a people living in exile in Babylon. He encouraged them to make their home in exile, to build homes and plant gardens, and to make families to continue to practice their faith and remember that they were Jews, even as they lived and died in Babylon.

Paul speaks to the early church in Philippi as though it was a community of expatriates. "Our citizenship is in heaven," he writes.

The question is written in the psalms, but it comes fresh to each generation: "How can we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?"

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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