Monday, June 29, 2015

Go In Peace

Based on Mark 5:21-43 in which Jesus responds well to a day of interruptions ... and what we can take from that. Hint: it has a lot to do with faith and love.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

End of School Year Bash

"Joyful Noise," our resident clown-in-chief, will return!
This Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the grounds of Lansdowne Baptist Church, we will be throwing an end of the school year celebration. There will be a clown and games for the kids and fellowship for everyone.

One of our own exceptional chefs will provide a special lemonade stand ($1 donations per cup, please, thank you) to help quench your thirst. Come and join the party at Lansdowne Baptist Church. If it does not rain, we'll be out on the lawn in front of the education wing. If it's rainy, we'll be inside, upstairs, in the education wing's Westphal Hall.

You will be most welcome to join us for the fun.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Why Are You Afraid

Based on Jesus calming the wind and waves at night for the disciples as found in Mark 4:35-41. Asks each of us to decide how we will live in this life: in faith or in fear. Included is a discussion of the events at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, in light of this passage. 

We stand with our brothers and sisters who mourn but bravely forgive and continue to keep their church open after this horrendous attack. The hate, the racism, the violence need to end. We must all play our part.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Inspiration for the Journey

Recently, there have been those to whom we bid a fond but reluctant farewell. In my readings, I discovered this passage by Kristine Malins found in the Medical Missionary Magazine. She sums the feelings we have brilliantly. 
Our is the pain of constantly pitching our tent and folding it up again, of befriending strangers and bidding them goodbye, of loving the world but never truly being satisfied with it, of pouring our heart and soul into a project others have begun and still others will finish. If we would not be torn in two by the tensions of this truth, we must learn to live provisionally--to measure the road well. We need to make the most of the occasions when we gather by the roadside to break bread together and compare directions. Joy must be discovered in the going as we never really arrive, not even in a lifetime.
Wishing you many happy occasions to gather along the roadside, break bread, and compare directions and much joy in the going. 

God bless you all.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Prayerfully Standing with Our Mourning Brothers and Sisters in South Carolina

"You, O God, have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God." Psalm 90:1-2

We stand in sympathy and pray for our mourning brothers and sisters in Charleston, South Carolina, who lost loved ones and peace during the murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church at the hands of a gunman during their evening prayer meeting. We have no words for this horror and depend on the Holy Spirit to convey our grief. We call on God to bring comfort and strength to all who lost loved ones and must go on.

May this young gunman, twisted and maddened by hate, be caught before he can kill again.

May Isaiah 41:10 give all who mourn strength: "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious hands."

May we take hope for the fallen from John 11:25-26: "Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."

Finally, may we look to the promise of Revelation 21:3-4, "The home of God is among mortals. God will dwell with them and they will be God's peoples. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."

Again, we of Lansdowne Baptist Church stand with you in this terrible time and pray for you.

For prayers from the Minister's Council of American Baptist Churches, USA, see:

For a sermon dealing with these awful events and challenging us to decide what kind of world we will live in together, see:

Faithful, One Hundred Percent

For our Children's Sunday service, we explored faith, using the tale of a faithful elephant written back in 1940 as our springboard. The tale is Horton Hatches the Egg. How does this story apply, in the light of 1 Peter 1:3-7? Listen and find out.

The system we are using to film these sermons is simple. The editing possibilities, almost non-existent. At times we have small glitches. At the end of this sermon, we encountered one such error. So, here are the last three paragraphs of the sermon so you don't miss anything: 

"I thank God that we are given a family to struggle through life’s challenges with together, otherwise the faith journey could be remarkably lonely. I also am grateful that the God of mercy shows up unexpectedly when we are in crisis, in ways that lift our spirits. This last Thursday, the Stratford Court apartments caught fire. Rescue teams of fire fighters, police men and women, and Red Cross workers all saw that the residents were safe and the fire contained. I was there and witnessed them work. The next day, caring members of our LBC family kept tabs on the progress, determined to help if help could be offered. Then Friday afternoon I received a call from Sherry. On her way back from work here in the office her front tire shredded. I went to help, asking several members to keep track of that progress while I could not. That was reassuring. When I got to our crippled van, the spare would not come down from its position beneath the van. A postal worker stopped and tried to help. Then we had help from roadside assistance and a tow truck when we needed it. In both instances, we could see God looked after people in crisis and it was tremendously reassuring and bolstering to our faith.

Remain faithful like Horton, even in adversity, even in the trials by fire. God will never leave us and the joy to be found through that faith both in this life and eternal life are worth the effort. At the end of Horton Hatches the Egg, the lazy bird Mayzie sees Horton in the circus as it swings through Palm Beach. She demands the egg back, now that Horton has been sitting on it for 51 weeks. Before Horton can relinquish it, his faith is rewarded. The egg hatches and out from it springs an elephant bird.

Keep the faith in all our trials. Rewards are coming if we remain faithful, one hundred percent."

I decided as I began this experiment in recording sermons that I'd rather have the message out there for anyone who might be interested, even if it is not a polished product, ... even if it has to feature me. Just so you all know.

Blessings to you all.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prayers and Thanks Following the Fire of June 11, 2015

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

On Thursday, June 11, rescuers from the local fire departments of several towns, police officers, and members of the Red Cross converged on the fire at the Stratford Court apartments in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, around 7 p.m. When the pastors of the Baptist and Presbyterian churches arrived on the scene, everything was under control. The fire was out, the area was secured, and the residents of the apartment complex had been removed to shelter for the night. It was all handled in a professional manner and everyone this pastor encountered was courteous and professional. 

In the days that followed, the Red Cross made sure all of the residents of the apartment complex, working in cooperation with the apartment complex managers, had a safe place to shelter in the weeks to come while the apartment complex is being restored. 

God bless the dedicated men and women who worked so hard to contain the fire and provide shelter for the residents. Thanks to all of them for their air of calm professionalism, which helped keep everyone safe. 

We pray for all those displaced residents. May you all have peace in the midst of what was a dangerous situation. May God restore calm to your lives. We stand by you in this difficult time. 

Fourth of July Parade

We are invited to march as a church in the 4th of July parade here in Lansdowne. The pastor is currently seeking marchers ready and able to join him on this short parade, carrying a small banner, wearing LBC tee shirts, and handing out flyers to people we pass along the route. If you feel called to join, see the pastor and join the fun. Participants gather on East Greenwood Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Signs show where everybody is supposed to congregate. 

To see how we did in the parade, go to:

Summer Hours at LBC

From Father's Day until Labor Day, Lansdowne Baptist Church will be worshiping on our summer hours. Our Sunday school classes will be suspended until the week after Labor Day and our worship service will begin at 10:00 A.M.

We look forward to seeing you in worship.

You are always welcome. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Currently Seeking Part-time Organist

Church Organist Job Announcement

Lansdowne Baptist Church, of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a part-time church organist for Sunday worship. This organist would play on the first and last Sundays of the month and would need to be familiar with church hymns. The worship service lasts one hour, from 11 a.m. to noon in the spring, fall, and winter months, and from 10 to 11 a.m. from Father’s Day to Labor Day over the summer. The organist will accompany the hymns, provide prelude, offertory, and postlude music, and will receive the hymn selection for Sundays during the week prior for preparation.

The organ itself is an Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ built in the 1960s. The compensation is $110 per Sunday service.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter including contact information to the following email address:

Currently Seeking an Office Administrator

Lansdowne Baptist Church, of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a part time office administrator (church secretary). The administrator will be in the church office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The salary will be commensurate with the individual’s level of experience.

The position requires the applicant to have solid computer skills, familiarity with both Microsoft Office and Power Church Plus, and knowledge of copiers and their features, including the scanner, plus electronic mail. Strong organizational skills, phone presence, and interpersonal skills are required. Additionally, the office administrator needs to be able to handle personal and confidential material with the utmost discretion.

If this sounds like the job for you, please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter including contact information to the following email address:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Abba Father

Based on Romans 8:12-17, this sermon explores how God's abundant love for us frees us from the shackles of societal expectation and intimidation. We are free to be the people God intended, a joyful people. Watch and see.