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 (March 25, Palm Sunday)


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He Never Said a Mumblin' Word

Pontius Pilate chooses expediency over justice. He has plenty of company through history.

Pilate suspects that the charges against Jesus are fabricated. He gives Jesus a chance to give his side of the story, but Jesus remains silent. Pilate is left in amazement.

Pilate is stuck in the middle. He devises a method to let Jesus go, by appealing to a Passover tradition where one prisoner was pardoned and set free. But the crowd chooses to set Barabbas free, and then they call for Jesus to be crucified.

Jesus' silence acts as a mirror that magnifies the actions and words of all the players in the drama of his crucifixion. Jesus gives Pilate no relief, no way out from his dilemma. Pilate may be sitting on the judgment seat, but clearly he is the one being judged. His cowardice is on full display.

"For Pilate, it was not so much the terrible thing he had done as the wonderful thing he had proved incapable of doing," writes Frederick Buechner (Peculiar Treasures, pp. 137138).

In Dante's Inferno, Dante places a vestibule right at the entrance to hell. The vestibule is the place not for history's monstrous sinners, but for the opportunists, those who would not commit but tried to remain neutral. The people in the vestibule run about eternally, never getting anywhere, never making a decision or a commitment, and that is where Dante places Pontius Pilate.


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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