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, February 17, Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Scout Sunday, 11 AM)

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Sermon Title: The Danger of Playing it Safe

"Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it." ( )

One of my favorite phrases from the whole of the Book of Confessions comes from the Confession of 1967: “Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task to be pursued with courage.” The Bible rewards the risk-takers. Those who are cautious in their commitment to God pay dearly for it.

No great mission ever started by first wondering whether it's affordable or worrying what the neighbors might think. Transformational mission begins with the question, "What is God calling us to do?" It begins with an awareness that God doesn't think small.

William Carey, an English cobbler who became a major force in international missions said it this way: "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God."

And from William Sloane Coffin, "I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings."

Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Ruth, Mary Magdalene, the disciples who left behind their means of making a living, and Jesus himself: they were all risk-takers. They all lost their lives, and found a far more abundant life that only God can give.

NOTE: Pastor Reisner will host a chat and chew following worship. The chat is about the morning's sermon. The chew is an invitation to bring your own lunch and is optional.

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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