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 (May 20, The Festival of Pentecost)

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Service Preview: Something There Is that Doesn't Love a Wall

We call the fifth book of the New Testament the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, but it really should be called the Book of the Acts of the Holy Spirit. Everything that the apostles do, they do under the direction of the Spirit, and there is nothing they can do without the Spirit.

And what does the Spirit do in the Book of Acts? The Spirit knocks down all the boundaries that humanity has set up to divide people between Jew and Greek, male and female, slave and free, powerful and powerless, the few and the many. "Something there is that doesn’t love a wall," wrote Robert Frost. In the Bible, that something is the Holy Spirit. The rush of the mighty wind of Pentecost is powerful enough to knock down every barrier keeping humanity from being one.

This Sunday in worship we will publicly receive into membership eight members of our confirmation class. Our new members will be reading their faith statements in worship. Come and celebrate Pentecost as we listen to our young dream dreams, and see visions.

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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