Worship at TCC is:
- Christ Centered – proclaiming and exalting the name of Jesus.
- Gospel Based – pointing towards God’s redemptive work in our lives.
- Historic and modern – drawing from the vast repertoire of hymnody as well as contemporary praise and worship musical styles.
Our Sunday morning worship services employ a variety of forms to empower the Church’s expressions of praise, forms which both reflect and engage a diverse and multi-generational congregation. In both services congregational singing is accompanied by our 1929 Hook and Hastings organ, and by our praise teams of guitars, vocalists, drums, and piano. In addition, our sanctuary choir enriches our worship services once per month, and our youth and children’s choir sings during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Worship at TCC involves:
- Congregational singing led by the band, organ, and choir
- Corporate and individual prayer
- An opportunity to worship through giving an offering
- Reading(s) from the Bible (we use the ESV translation, but many translations are available online)
- Thought provoking, Gospel-centered preaching
- Updates from our domestic or global mission partners, or spotlights on our various local ministries
- Occasional musical offerings by the sanctuary choir, children’s choir, or various musical soloists or ensembles
- We gather together on First Sundays Together
- Communion is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month
No matter where you are in your journey of faith you are welcome here.
Is our worship service for families and children?
The whole staff believes strongly that the best place for children to grow in their faith at TCC is our Live the Adventure program on Sundays at 9:30am, and to follow that up throughout the week with the ParentCue app and embrace the orange philosophy. (If you don’t know what orange means, ask a LTA leader!) If you are looking for a place where families worship together, our 11am worship service, summer services, and special seasonal services like Evensong, Holy Week, Christmas, Easter, and other times of the year are wonderful moments of celebration for our entire church family to worship together. We believe this is the best of both worlds, with children learning and growing in age-appropriate ways most of the year, and coming together seasonally for big celebrations.
Is this a traditional service? Is this a contemporary service?
We like to say that the style of our worship is congregational. The days of traditional/contemporary worship dichotomies are over. What we embrace at every service of worship at TCC is a healthy balance of old and new. Every service is traditional because it is based on the faith of our forebearers. Every service is contemporary because it is made here and now by the contemporary church. These days we are blessed to be in a beautiful era of congregational music – contemporary and traditional are more alike than ever before, and we want to use the best of the many genres of congregational song for the glory of God and the building up of the church.
Is the communion meal somber or celebratory?
There are many postures we can and should bring to the communion meal, and the words we use indicate our primary posture. For those that call the meal “The Lord’s Supper”, we emphasize the seriousness and sobriety of the final meal Jesus had with his disciples, and focus on remembrance and memory of that event. Referring to the meal as “Communion”, the focus lies in our unity in Christ, and that through this meal all Christians around the world and across the ages are united in Christian brother/sisterhood. Finally, the word “eucharist” emphasizes the thanksgiving and celebration of the meal (Eucharist comes from the greek word meaning “Thank You”).
We do use the organ entirely for a quiet contemplative communion several times a year, as well as several more Sundays in which we use the organ first and the band second, finally, there are a few Sundays each year where communion music is entirely band led.
Why do we say the same things again and again? Doesn’t God get tired of our “vain repetitions” and don’t they become meaningless?
We currently have a few repetitions in our Sunday services. The doxology (‘praise God from whom all blessings flow…’) and quite often the Lord’s Prayer. Rev. Allan Baldwin, our visitation minister, recounted to me how powerful the Lord’s Prayer is on the lips of the homebound and infirmed. After prayers for comfort and healing have been said, it is often the Lord’s Prayer that will remind an elderly congregant of the hope they have because of their Heavenly Father. Indeed our littlest disciples in the pre-K classrooms are learning to recite the Lord’s prayer as young as 4 years old. How marvelous that we have these words that our youngest and oldest members find meaning in.
Furthermore, we acknowledge the power of practice in every other area of our lives. Why not apply this to our faith? We know where there is repetition, there is formation. We practice our golf swing, tell our kids to say please and thank you (even when they don’t mean it!), and play scales on the piano to improve our ability to make beautiful music. We know full well that repetition builds not only muscle memory for physical tasks, but enables us to accomplish a greater task like playing a perfect round of golf or a beautiful sonata on the piano. Let’s leverage the spiritual power of habit and see how God uses this to transform our hearts desires.
How does TCC’s worship relate to Catholic, Orthodox, or other Protestant churches?
Though our heritage is firmly in the New England Protestant tradition of renewal and revival, our TCC community is comprised of folks who come from many traditions. We embrace ‘little-c’ catholicism, in the sense that often our prayers and readings unite us with the ‘catholic’ (universal or worldwide) church. We celebrate the Communion on the 1st Sunday of the month. Catholicity (which you can also read as “Christian unity”) is something that our particular tradition is in desperate need of. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We strive to unite the good words, hymns, and prayers from historic traditions with modern worship styles.