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.
In the text today from the Gospel of Mark, we are told of Jesus' baptism, and by his temptation by Satan in the wilderness. With characteristic brevity, Mark tells the temptation story in but a few words: And the Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
We do have some effect and direction in our lives, but we do not hold the steering wheel. We are driven. Driven ... by forces beyond our control –forces within us, and without. We are driven by ambition, compulsion, addiction, and a host of unconscious motives and instincts. We are driven by guilt, lust, and greed, and by love and honor, too. We are driven by cultural and societal forces, historic events, accidents, opportunities, and disappointments.
Some of you know far better than you wish what it is to be driven into the wilderness. Some of you are there right now. What scripture teaches us about wilderness is that it is a place where we have greater access to God. Wilderness is the place where the prophet Isaiah calls us to go to prepare the way of the Lord. Wilderness is the place where Jesus went early and late in the day to recover and repair from the crowds that constantly followed him in Galilee. Wilderness is also a place where we may be surprised by the resources God has to provide for us, just as God provided Manna in the wilderness to the people Israel. And wilderness is the place where, as angels came and ministered to Jesus, God may also send angels to minister to God's beloved children.
TPPC will receive new members in our worship service on Sunday, February 25th. If you would like to join, please speak to Pastor Reisner at 301-270-5550 to arrange a time to discuss further.
Also, Rev. John Ahn, Youth Director, will be our guest preacher.-->
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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