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 (July 22, 10 AM)

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Sermon Title: "God in a Box" by Rev. James Reisner

Service Preview:

Have you ever thought about how dangerous it might be to worship God, to call on the name of the Almighty One and ask for God to be present with us?

The poet, Marianne Moore (a good Presbyterian, by the way) wrote a poem entitled The Steeple Jack. The poem describes a bucolic seaside resort community in Maine. From a distance, a young student observes the roof tops of the town, including, writes Moore, "the church spire ... from which a man in scarlet lets down a rope as a spider spins a thread; ... on the sidewalk a sign says C.J. Poole, Steeple Jack, in black and white; and one in red and white says Danger." Moore muses, "It could not be dangerous to be living in a town like this, of simple people, who have a steeple-jack placing danger signs by the church while he is gilding the solid-pointed star, which on a steeple stands for hope."

Whereas Moore’s subtlety leaves it for her readers to ponder the meaning of a danger sign in front of a church, the author Annie Dillard, states the threat plainly. Dillard, who as a know-it-all teenager sat in the balcony of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, and in every way looked down on the congregation gathered there; nonetheless, had it right. Approach God at the greatest of risk. She writes, "Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? ... We should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return."

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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