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.
Come to worship this Sunday to hear Saint-Saeës' Christmas Oratorio. Our Minister of Music, Dr. James Bingham, will lead this wonderful presentation.
In 1858, Camille Saint-Saeës, aged twenty-three, was happy to accept the high-profile post of organist at La Madeleine, Paris, France, the "official" church of the Empire. On one occasion, Franz Liszt heard him playing this church’s famous organ and declared him to be "the greatest organist in the world!"
Late in 1858, the Church of the Madeleine commissioned him to write an oratorio for the upcoming Christmas celebrations. He set to work on December 4, and by December 15 had finished a ten-movement work telling the Christmas story, with additional Biblical commentaries upon that event. His Christmas Oratorio is an intimate work that requires five solo singers, a chorus, and small instrumental forces — an organ, a harp, and strings.
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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