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.

Note: Worship at TPPC will be adventuresome for the next few weeks. As we replace the boiler for the sanctuary building, we will relocate to the library for our worship service.

It will still be church in every way: we'll pray and preach as we always do. The choir will be there singing away. There will be room for everyone who visits. We welcome you to come and be a part of the adventure.

The library is the large room on the first floor of the Education Building, next to the Church Parlor.

This Sunday's Worship (November 19, Stewardship Sunday)

Scripture:

Sermon Preview (Rev. Jim Reisner):

Time, Talents, All

The parable of the talents is all about risk. Jesus wants his disciples to put it all on the line. The lesson of the story is we are to apply what God gives us and increase the gift, and not bury our treasure. Or as William Barclay succinctly puts it: "there can be no religion without adventure."

William Sloane Coffin once suggested that greatest problem for the church is paralyzing fear. Every institution is concerned with self-preservation. But the church, in following the way of Jesus, should resist the urge to save itself instead of pursuing its mission.

While love seeks truth, fear seeks safety. And fear distorts the truth not by exaggerating the ills of the world, but by underestimating our ability to deal with them. It's the protective strategy of deliberate failure ... You can't lose any money if you don't place any bets; you can't fall out of bed if you sleep on the floor. (William Sloane Coffin, Courage to Love, p. 13)

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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