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, May 26, Easter 6, Worship on the Steps, 10 AM)

Scripture:

Sermon Title: When Your Ambitions are Frustrated

Last Sunday's Worship (Sunday, May 19, Easter 5, Jashemski Scholarships, 11 AM)

Scripture: ;

Sermon Title: The First Mission Study

The young church as described in the Book of Acts is growing so fast that the apostles can't keep up. Ardor has eclipsed order, and some remarkable, even miraculous, things have happened.

The most surprising and alarming event for church elders is that the Holy Spirit has jumped the fence, and fallen upon some Gentiles. Furthermore, Peter has baptized these Gentiles who among many things are not circumcised and are not following traditional Jewish dietary laws.

What is happening? Where is the church going? So, an assembly is called and Christians come together in Jerusalem to reconcile their differing opinions, discover a common vision for the direction that lies ahead, and to choose leaders to carry out this new direction.

In other words, the 15th chapter of Acts is the first Christian mission study.

The assembly has to resolve a major dispute: must followers of Jesus be Jewish and follow traditional Jewish practices, or can there be followers of Jesus who are not Jewish at all? What are the requirements for being a Christian and a member of the church?

What comes out of the assembly is the approval of the mission to the Gentiles with Paul heading up the effort. The rest of the Book of Acts, and much of the history of Christianity, follows Paul as he leaves the council in Jerusalem and heads off to urban centers of Asia Minor, Europe, and beyond.

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 Wednesdays, and with evening prayer services planned for the second and fourth Wednesdays.

For more information, contact worship@takomaparkpc.org. A flyer for this series (PDF) can be accessed from this website.

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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