Worship

TPPC has one service on Sunday. We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month and occasionally at special services such as Easter Sunday.

Summer worship will continue to meet on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. online until further notice.

Sunday worship will be held online indefinitely.
Video of Worship, May 24

We will gather by ZOOM (feed available starting about 10:45 AM). At the moment, Pastor Reisner and a few others broadcast from the church sanctuary while worshippers will be invited to sign on ZOOM.

Directions on how to connect and participate in virtual worship will be sent via a group.io e-mail. If you are unfamiliar with ZOOM we recommend you read up a little before the service. We will set an informal and experimental mood, ask forgiveness as we stumble along our way in a new medium. It will be fun.

We will set an informal and experimental mood, ask forgiveness as we stumble along our way in a new medium. It will be fun.

An archive of online services, with links to both video and audio files, can be accessed from this website.

For more information on TPPC's coronavirus response, access the TPCC Coronavirus Update page.

This Sunday's Worship (Sunday, May 31 at 11 am, Pentecost Sunday, live-streamed on Zoom)

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Service Preview (Online):

Sermon Title: "Wind, Breath, Spirit" by Rev. Jim Reisner

"I can't breathe." - George Floyd

"I can't breathe." - Eric Garner

Thus says the Lord God: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." - Ezekiel 37:9

Pentecost is usually a big celebration of the birthday of the church with red balloons, red banners, and a cake with raspberry frosting and red candles -- not this year, not with 100,000 dead of COVID-19 and not with the deaths Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.

Our Pentecost observance can instead be a prayer that we might receive the gifts of the Spirit and a pledge to apply the Spirit's gifts to the healing of the world.

A Pentecost prayer

Spirit of truth:
guide us into all the truth;
consume the lies
that shroud the world in hate;
pray in us
with sighs too deep for words;
and let the victim's voice ring out
with hope for a new world;
through Jesus Christ, who goes to the right hand of God.
Amen.

From Steven Shakespeare, Prayers for an Inclusive Church

An Online Exhibit: Presbyterian Worship in Unlikely Places

Explore Sacred Spaces, a new online exhibit from the Presbyterian Historical Society, about novel approaches to 20th century worship (lumberjacks, cowboys, mobile missionaries and more).

We often associate worship spaces with gothic cathedrals, steeples, bell towers and stained glass windows. But throughout history, the need for traditional worship spaces has been challenged - both out of necessity and in an effort to seek a more intimate connection with God. Many church communities began in temporary, makeshift dwellings, private homes, or in the open air, as did TPPC which originally met in a tent in 1888, with someone bringing an organ by wheelbarrow.

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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