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Starting June 21, we will resume holding one 10am Worship Service at the Rosarian Academy each Sunday. We will only allow 85 people to attend each Sunday, and you must reserve your spot online. A list of our social distancing operating procedures is outlined below:

Re-Opening Procedures for Live-Services with Live-Streaming

Safety: The safety and well-being of our members is paramount. During the reestablishment of worship services, the social distancing requirements of the CDC, state and local authorities will be followed.

Signup: Seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements. Eighty-five congregants will be able to sign up online to attend. The signup will include electronically signing a waiver as required by the Rosarian Academy, our host. Those not signed up may not enter the building on Sunday.

  • At-Risk Individuals: TPC is asking at-risk individuals to continue to restrict themselves from community worship in compliance with the stated policies of the local, state, and federal government. Guidelines for understanding who is at risk can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at-higher-risk.html.
  • Children: Families are asked to realistically evaluate their child(ren)’s ability to conform to social-distancing requirements, and to understand normal child-care offerings are not possible with current social-distancing regulations. There will be no nursery or children’s ministry classes at this time.

Building Use: Only the theater lobby, theater lobby bathrooms, and theater will be used. There is to be no congregating in the lobby. The main building lobby will be sealed off and not used.

  • Entry and Exit: Entry and exit to the theater will through the main theater entrance doors only. Entrance will start at 9:30am and doors will be closed at 10am. Masks are required.
  • Seating: Every other row of seats in the theater will be roped off. There are to be 3 open seats between family or friend groups.  Upon entering, attendees will be guided to their seats by ushers, filling the front rows first. At the end of the service, rows will be dismissed one at a time from the back first.

Not Available/ Not Provided: Nursery and Sunday school classes will not be provided. There are no changing tables in the bathrooms. Drinking fountains will be turned off. Coffee will not be provided. Communion will not be served. Communion will not be served.

Patience And Love: We understand we cannot meet everyone’s hopes, needs, and expectations. A limited return to services can cause division between members, or between the church and the community. The TPC family needs to be ready to embrace imperfect decisions in an imperfect situation. Some will think that the church is being too stringent and others that it is not stringent enough. Please be patient and loving.

TPC Blog

Finding Christ and Assurance at the Lord’s Table

Posted by Chandler Moore on

Life can be distracting and so can the various elements at church. For instance, what do you think about when it’s time to take communion? Maybe you have an internal conflict between taking the wine or the juice? Or maybe you have a silent hope that the cracker will be larger than last time? After all, it is getting close to lunch. Maybe you look at communion as simply memorializing Jesus’ death. Didn’t Paul say, “as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (I Cor. 11:25-26). Yet, didn’t we hear about his death already in the sermon? Why do we need the meal as well?

Far too often in modern Protestantism, out of a fear of being misunderstood, we have failed to talk about the nourishing presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of Communion. We often forget that earlier in 1 Corinthians Paul said, “Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing (communion or participation) in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing (communion or participation) in the body of Christ?” (I Cor. 10:16, italics mine). Or what about the Westminster Confession that reminds us that in the meal, we truly “receive and feed upon Christ crucified.” (WCF 29.7) Upon Scriptural and historical reflection, we find, quite frankly, that the Lord’s Supper is more than a memory. The Reformed distinction, in contrast to the Roman Catholic tradition, is that this reality exists in a spiritual sense, not physical. Yet, it is a real sense!

This spiritual reality is important to me because I don’t consider my faith to be of the strong variety. I need help, and that’s what the Supper gives to me—it gives me Jesus. Jesus says, “the one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37). Every Sunday I get to physically come to Him. Every Sunday I get to partake of my Savior in a mysterious way, but in a real way. No matter the doubt. No matter the struggle. No matter the size of the cracker or if it’s wine or juice. As I come to the table, my faith—though it is small—is well feed. I remember. I proclaim. I feast and have fellowship with Christ and his people. As Chad Van Dixhoorn says, “The Lord’s Supper is like a good sermon: it is intended as food for the soul.” Won’t you come to Christ with me?

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