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 (June 17, first Sunday at 10 AM)

Scripture: and

Service Preview: The Winnower

Ruth can be found in the Gospel of Luke's genealogy of Jesus. She is the mother of Obed, who is the father of Jesse, whose seventh son is David, as in King David. The Book of Ruth is located in the Bible along with Joshua and Judges, in the days of the tribes of Israel prior to the advent of the kingdom. But it is really in conversation with the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the post-exilic period when Judaism was rediscovering itself and its past documents and history. The prophets Ezra and Nehemiah ordered a strict obedience to the Torah. They set up Hebrew school for their children an institution that still exists today. They re-established the keeping of the Sabbath. They also banned interracial marriage. Jews could only marry Jews, and racial purity was a goal in order to preserve the nation and its faithfulness.

This is where the power of the simple love story of Ruth makes its mark. It is a subversive attack on the cause of racial purity. If Ruth, a Moabite woman, is the great grandmother of David, then David, the greatest of Jewish kings, is only 7/8s Jewish by blood. David, the epitome of Jewish stature before God and position in society, fails to meet the measure of purity put forth by the reforming prophets. In the dispute on purity, Ruth aligns with the prophet Isaiah through whom God proclaims that "my house shall be a house of prayer for all people."

Note: During worship Sunday TPPC will recognize this year's Jashemski scholars.

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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