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 Proclamation of the Word:
This Sunday, the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church Choir, under the direction of Dr. James Bingham, presents Wondrous Cross: A meditation based on the traditional "Seven Last Words" of Jesus Christ, by Allan Bullard.
There was a time when the Fifth Sunday in Lent was called Passion Sunday. That changed in 1959 when the Roman Catholic Church adopted a new liturgical calendar related to the broad changes introduced by the Second Vatican Council. Passion Sunday was combined with Palm Sunday, and in Protestant circles fairly much lost to the priority of the story of the celebratory procession when Jesus entered the holy city a week before his death.
When was the last time you heard the Passion (the story of the death of Jesus) read in Sunday morning worship? Through the dedicated ministry of our choir, this Sunday gives us all an opportunity to hear the story of Jesus' suffering and death on the cross.
I welcome you to come and listen to the beauty and depth of this rendering of the seven last words of Christ. In the words of the hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, my hope for all of us that we will contemplate the "love so amazing, so divine;" that "demands my soul, my life, my all."-->
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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