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 (Sunday, February 23, 11 AM, Transfiguration Sunday)

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Sermon Title: "A Lamp unto Our Feet" by Rev. Jim Reisner

When Peter makes his profession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, Jesus immediately turns on his heels and sets his face towards Jerusalem. He tells his disciples that he is going to Jerusalem to die. Before the journey begins in earnest, one more thing needs to happen. Jesus takes his closest disciples (Peter, James and John) and climbs a mountain. There he is transfigured into his glory.

What lies below is none other than the valley of the shadow of death. Jesus is giving his closest disciples a mountaintop experience that they can hang on to during the difficult path ahead.

Each of us has experienced a mountaintop experience of some kind. These are moments of clarity and wholeness that inform all the other moments of our lives when the path for us is unclear and the way daunting.

The mountaintop experience helps us find the way. It is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. In the Second Letter of Peter, the author refers back to the Transfiguration, and says of it: "You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."

The solemn season of Lent is a valley between the two peak experiences of the Transfiguration and Easter. The Transfiguration is the lamp shining in a dark place that provides enough light for us to walk in the shadows with confidence until the morning comes when the morning star will rise in our hearts and once again we will proclaim, "Alleluia!"

Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday

The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. Our evening worship will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel. Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance, sorrow and sacrifice. As we enter into the Lenten journey that leads to the cross, we first confess our own failings and how we have fallen short of the glory of God. We also acknowledge our own mortality (We are dust, and to dust we shall return) and our utter reliance on God's grace. As part of our Ash Wednesday worship, we will in a simple manner observe the sacrament of Communion.

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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