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Sunday Mornings at TCPC

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About Our Worship

The high point of our week is Sunday morning.  We believe every local church, above all else, has been entrusted with the noble calling of gathering God’s people together for public worship.  This time is central to the life of our congregation.

So, what should you expect from a Sunday morning at TCPC?  Here there is a tension – at least this is our aim.  The complexities of God make the worship of God equally complex.  In one sense God is a holy God who is unapproachable in His glory.  Therefore, worship of this holy God should be filled with reverence, awe, even dread.

But, at the same time the incarnation of Jesus has decisively identified our God as a gracious God, who has drawn near to us in love.  So the holy God is also filled with welcome toward sinners like us.  Therefore worship of this loving God should be filled with warmth, mercy, and promise.

So our aim each week is to embody this tension, or as our first value states, “A Corporate Worship that reflects the transcendence and immanence of God.”

Admittedly this is not easy, but it is our goal.  So practically, how do these complexities take shape in our worship?  One example would be the liturgy of our service.  We make use of the grand and reverent liturgical traditions of the past, but at the same time we try to enact our liturgy in a warm and welcoming way.  Take our music as another example.  At times we sing ancient, lyrically complex, hymns of old, and at times we make use of the familiarity of the excellent hymns being written in our day.  Or consider our preaching, which aims to exalt the glory of God, and yet recognizes that God’s glory is decisively marked by His gospel of grace.

So what is a Sunday morning like at at our church?  Some would call it reverent and traditional.  Still others would call it warm and friendly.

All that to say, it’s not easy to describe a Sunday at TCPC, so we invite you to come see for yourself!

FAQs

Answers to common questions about Tates Creek.

What time is the worship service?

We have two Sunday morning worship services, one at 9:00 am and one at 11:15 am. Both services are the same.

What is the worship service like?

Our worship seeks to embody and proclaim the Gospel each week.  This is done through preaching, liturgy, song, and sacraments.  The musical styles used in our worship come from a variety of periods, with an emphasis on traditional hymns and works.  For a more detailed explanation of the flow of our service and meaning behind each element of our worship, this post will be helpful.

Where do I park?

We have plenty of parking in front of the church, with special spaces near the entrance that are reserved for seniors and visitors. We have additional parking in the extended lot next to the soccer field, and parking behind the gym.

What about my children?

Nursery for ages newborn to three years old is available during both worship services and during Sunday School.

Sunday school for age 2 through 6th grade is offered during the Sunday school hour, and is divided according to age and school grade. Sunday School Assembly meets from 9:45 am – 10 am. Children's Sunday school classes begin afterward. Your children are supervised as they transition from Assembly to their Sunday school classroom. Learn more about Children’s Ministry.

Is there Sunday School?

Sunday School classes are from 10:20 am – 11:05 am. See here for list of Adult Sunday School classes, and here for Children’s Sunday School classes.

How should I dress?

Some people wear suits, some people wear jeans, and we have a lot of in-between.

What if I need to step out of the service?

You can step into the Narthex (foyer area) and listen the service over the speakers. Nursing mothers may use the parlor room, located to the right of the restrooms.

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