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. 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. It is my hope that our Evensong prayers might someday cultivate this kind of faith.
Furthermore, we acknowledge the power of practice in every other area of our lives. Why not apply this to our faith? 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
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?
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.