Friday, April 20, 2018

Easter Bouquets and Earth Day

While looking at the beautiful flowers adorning the sanctuary for Easter, it was easy to remember who created everything and gifted us as stewards of that loving creativity. May you find this Earth Day and every day an opportunity to help the rest of God's creation flourish. Plant trees and flowers, pick up trash, recycle all you can, walk lightly on the face of the earth. God gave us the minds and talents to do just that.

Further, take some time to get out and admire the natural world up close. Marvel in all that God has done. Also, remember that God deems all of creation, including all of us, to be very good indeed.

Join us Sunday, April 22, 2018, for our Earth Day reflection during the Sunday service. You will be most welcome.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

On the Road



Sermon based on Luke 24:13-21, in which two disciples of Jesus walk away from Jerusalem, knocking the dust of the town off their heels following Jesus' crucifixion, and heading out for the town of Emmaus. The meet a stranger on the road and life changes forever. Come and see. It's a powerful story. It also has much to say on how we ought to share our stories. Intrigued yet?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Live Stream Bible Study Coming Soon

We are called by God to try new things, to follow where God (our great and glorious change agent) leads us. I am heading in one such direction where God is leading.

At this point, I have all the technology and programming to offer up an evening live stream Bible study, filled with applications for modern life, with Bible verses read in the biblical storytelling fashion. Lansdowne Baptist Church members, friends, and all seekers anywhere interested in participating will be invited to join in.

There are a couple of experiments needed to work out the finer details and then we will jump in with both feet. At that point, we will announce when the first meeting will take place (day and time), along with the YouTube channel through which you will be able to join in. If it is set up as I envision, chatting will be possible. There will be a few Bible-based rules for those conversations, but that will come later.

As one very astute individual who is jumping in early remarked, "We won't go for perfection at first, but we will walk toward it over time." Too true. Join us early and watch the changes happen.

Through it all we'll learn together what our loving God through the Bible, that amazing library of 66 books, has to tell us about living modern life well. We will equip ourselves with that knowledge. Then we will encourage each other to act on what we've learned to help others and grow in our faith.

Watch this blog for more news soon.

Until then, walk with God.

~Reverend Jeff Snyder

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Film Screening: Because of the War

On April 15, 2018, at 4 p.m., Lansdowne's First Presbyterian Church (140 N. Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA) is showing the Philadelphia Folklore Project film, Because of the War. It shares the story of four brilliant singers--mothers, refugees, immigrants, survivors of Liberia's civil wars--who use their music to address violence and injustice at home and in exile.

Suggested donation per person: $10 each. Reception following film. This is an open invitation from the Ministerium of Eastern Delaware County, whose member churches which agreed to contribute toward this film's screening.


PBA Clergy's 1st Annual Missiological Conversation: April 19, 2018


What is the Christian message today
…in a climate in which the lens of our moral compass
may be clouded by the constant rhetoric of intolerance, supremacy, misogyny, and jockeying for the crumbs that fall from the tables of America’s wealthy top 2%? You are invited to the PBA Clergy’s 1st Annual Missiological Conversation.


Our Missiological Conversation begins at 9:00am. Join us at the tables for a time of sharing and fellowship. Church leaders are invited to talk to one another about what we do, why we do it, and how it’s done, in the name of Jesus Christ (mission). Please see the reverse side of this flyer for the program format.

We will have two speakers to help us investigate our concern for the Christian moral compass across the Nation and in Metro-Philadelphia. They will reflect on the theme Her Faith, Her Lens!!
(Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:27-28)

              
Speakers: 

The Rev. Leslie D. Callahan, Ph.D. (PBA Speaker) 

Pastor, Saint Paul’s Baptist Church,


Philadelphia; Served on the faculty of 

University of Pennsylvania and
New York Theological Seminary

The Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D. (National Speaker)

 President, Director of the Doctor of

 Ministry Program & Professor of

 African American Religious Studies

 Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School                                         

 

Date: April 19, 2018 9:00AM - 2:30PM
Sponsors: The PBA Board of Directors &
The PBA Ministers Council
Location: St. Paul’s Baptist Church
1 Hagerty Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19382

Lunch is included in the registration fee of $45.00. Contact the PBA office at 215-482-8222, ext. 10 or register on our website at  www.philadelphiabaptist.org by April 11th.

Agenda
The Annual Conversation Forum Format


·        Coffee, registration…                                                                  

·        Welcome & Introductions                     
Host Pastor – The Rev. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., Ph.D.
The Rev. Robert L. Solomon, Jr., President, PBA Ministers Council
The Rev. Julia Bruton-Sheppard – Invocation

·        Introduction of Speakers – The Rev. Dr. James E. McJunkin, Jr., Executive Minister
         
·        PBA Speaker/The Rev. Dr. Callahan  Leslie Callahan

·        Q&A with Callahan           

·        Break (silence or minimal conversation requested)                                        

·        National Speaker/The Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle                      

·        Q&A with McMickle                            

·        Lunch and Fellowship Hour                           

·        Round One Clergy Guided Conversation       
Prayer & Missiological Question: What are the challenges of a clouded moral compass regarding issues of intolerance today and what is the role of the church in the USA in addressing them?

Table Groups Shift                               

·        Round Two Clergy Guided Conversation      
Prayer & Missiological Question: How might biblical teaching/preaching help to open our eyes to clouded judgement and/or inertia and inspire action?

·        Closure Benediction                                                                              

Steering Committee Members

The Rev. Dr. Darrell R. Bradsbery, Pastor, Second Baptist- Frankford; The Rev. Dr. Derick Brennan, Pastor, Canaan Baptist; The Rev. Dr. James H. Buck, Jr., Pastor, Grace Baptist-Germantown; The Rev. Scott Dorsey, Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist-Holmesburg; The Rev. Dr. Clifford I. Johnson, Pastor, Shiloh Baptist-Wilmington; The Rev. Harold R. Jolley, Pastor, Second Macedonia Baptist; The Rev. Abdel Lastre-Nunez, Pastor, Second Spanish Baptist; The Rev. William B. Moore, Pastor, Tenth Memorial Baptist; The Rev. Angel Pagan, Jr., Pastor, Lower Merion Baptist-Bryn Mawr; The Rev. Bruce W. Petty, Sr., Pastor, First Baptist-Huntingdon Valley; The Rev. Dr. James A. Pollard, Sr., Pastor, Zion Baptist-Ardmore; The Rev. Charles W. Quann, Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist-Spring House; The Rev. Dr. Rodney Ragwan, Pastor, Mayfair Conwell Memorial Baptist; The Rev. Jeffrey Snyder, Pastor, Lansdowne Baptist; The Rev. Robert L. Solomon, Jr., President, PBA Ministers Council; The Rev. Dr. James E. McJunkin, Jr., Executive Minister.

A Justice That Heals - 2000



Here is a powerful story of reconciliation and forgiveness that heals. This is key to creating healing communities and church stations of hope: working together to help families of those who have been incarcerated and those in prison themselves. It is well worth watching and wrestling with by all who seek to help or who have someone in the prison system.

God bless you all.

For more on the organization Healing Communities that works to create church Stations of Hope across the country, see: www.healingcommunitiesusa.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Late to the Party



Sermon for April 8, 2018, the week after Easter, based on John 20:19-29, the story of Thomas, who arrives late to the party, so to speak, after Jesus has visited the disciples after his resurrection. Thomas has a lot of trouble believing what his friends are trying to tell him and expresses his feelings strongly. Watch and see what this means for all of us today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I Have Seen the Lord



This Easter morning sermon for April 1, 2018, is based on John 20:1-18. This sermon focuses on the powerful experience Mary Magdalene has first thing in the morning, heading out to the tomb to honor Jesus at his grave. The stone sealing the tomb has been removed and human history will never be the same.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tenebrae Service Maundy Thursday


On March 29, 2018, Lansdowne Baptist Church will celebrate our Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service of hymns, Scripture readings, and candle light. The service covers Jesus' passion, the events leading up to and including his crucifixion. The service begins at 7 p.m. with a simple soup and bread meal preceding it at 6:30 p.m. Eight candles are lit, eight Scriptures are read. With the reading of each passage, a candle is extinguished, until with the final reading is done and the room submerged into darkness.

It is a moving time of reflection, taking us up to the moment of Jesus' death and leaving us there until Easter morning, when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and all that means.

Please join us. 

Come Celebrate the Joy of Easter with Us at LBC


Lansdowne Baptist Church celebrates our Easter service at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary. Come join in our joy as we worship the risen Savior, Jesus, the Messiah. All are welcome. Wonderful hymns will be sung and the sermon will be based on Mary's discover of the empty tomb and her belief that Jesus is the gardener when she first sees him. Beautiful moment for a beautiful day.