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, September 23, 11 AM)

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Sermon Title: "And Then What?" by Rev. James Reisner

I often wonder what happened to some of the people who Jesus met along the way. We know that some of them followed him, and others didn't. What about the people he healed of illness, of blindness, of seizures, of paralysis? What happened to them? Yes, they had their greatest wishes fulfilled. And yes, they were blessed by being in the presence of the Jesus, the Great Physician. They must have felt ecstatic joy in that moment. But then what? What happened next?

What about the blind beggars that Jesus healed on his way? What happened the next morning when they woke up and wondered how they were going to get their daily bread? Some of them had no employable skill. All they knew was begging, and they couldn't do that anymore. They couldn't go out on the street and plead, "Used to be blind! Used to be blind! Have compassion on me! I once was blind but now I see!" That wasn't going to work. Jesus had given them sight, but he also took away their means to an income.

"And Then What?" seems an appropriate title for an anniversary Sunday. God has blessed Takoma Park Presbyterian Church for 125 years. We can remember and give thanks for the saints who have served God in this place up until today. And then what? What do we now do with this legacy we have been given? What happens next?

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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