Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Class 1



Tonight we begin our study of the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. Tonight we also begin the entire Beyond Loaves and Fishes series of live stream Bible studies. This is learning experience for us all. Polish will come later, with experience. The material to be covered in this first half hour will be background material setting up our study of Esther. There are certain things that must be clear before we get into the details. Thanks to the early adventurers who signed on for this first night. There was a little excitement at the beginning as the power went off briefly as a storm was passing through. The internet connection was reestablished about 30 seconds before I went live. Thanks for coming. Hope to see you all again soon.

If you are seeing this here on the blog for the first time and would like to participate live, follow this link and subscribe at the J.S. Brooks YouTube platform: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Victory that Conquers the World



Sermon based on 1 John 5:1-6, in which the author is trying to quell the very real fears of Christians living through difficult times, where friends are hard to find, and truth seems uncertain, even fluid. Threats appeared everywhere and churches were starting to unravel. Sound familiar? The author takes a very simple, calming approach on how we might all respond ... and where to find the victory that conquers the world. It's uplifting and more than a little surprising. You are invited to watch.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Beyond Loaves & Fishes Livestream Bible Study Begins



Livestream Bible study: begins Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 8 p.m. Each class will last one half hour. Enjoy this Bible study from your homes. Broadcast on YouTube at the J.S. Brooks page (pastor’s page). Esther will be our first book studied together. The emphasis will be on life application of biblical wisdom and a biblical storyteller’s approach to reading the text. 


If interested, several simple steps must be taken:

1. Go to YouTube and establish a free account.

2. Search for J.S. Brooks from your new YouTube home page.

3. On the site with a cartoon drawing of my face: 
click the Subscribe button and bell icon to the right. 

4. You will receive notification on your YouTube page of all upcoming Beyond Loaves and Fishes classes.

5. To join the class session, look on the left side of your home page, find Subscriptions (third item from top), click on that.

6. The upcoming livestream will be the first item listed. Click on that and you’ll be taken to the livestream class itself.

7. For additional details, including photos, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/04/live-stream-bible-study-starts-soon.html

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2018

Lansdowne Baptist Church is holding its much-loved pancake breakfast in Lansdowne, PA, on Memorial Day. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.

The cost for the pancake breakfast is $7.00 per person for adults; $5.00 for children (12 & younger); and $20.00 for families of 5 or less (immediate family only). The food is fantastic and the funds raised go to a good cause.

The funds raised support our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund, which provides two graduating high school students from the William Penn School District (and/or members of Lansdowne Baptist Church) who are heading off to college with scholarship money from LBC. This is one of the many ways we support are community.

Lansdowne Baptist Church is located at 17 East LaCrosse Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050.

Come hungry and enjoy the breakfast our terrific cooks create and help our local students.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Easy to Scatter



The sermon for Sunday, April 29, 2018, based on John 10:11-18, explores what it means that Jesus is our good shepherd. We see who we are as the flock and what we are intended to do in that capacity. Finally, we find out who the biblical writers considered "wolves" intent on preying upon and scattering the flock. We sheep are easy to scatter, but we don't have to! Come listen in. It's good news.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes Coming Soon


Beyond Loaves
& Fishes
Bible Study
Live Stream
Coming Soon


John 6: 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

Here's where the live stream will take place: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder/featured



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Live Stream Bible Study Starts Soon, Part 2

Rev. Jeff Snyder's experiments in live streaming have worked. All of the equipment performed properly and three people were able to watch, and two out of the three were able to comment (we'll figure that one out as we go). Everyone is invited to join us. The Bible studies will be at 8 p.m. and will last for a half hour each. One excellent feature of these studies is that once the live stream is finished, YouTube saves the session and it can be shared for later viewing by those who could not attend the class.

If you are interested, here's what must be done. None of it is particularly difficult, but if it is new to you, it might seem a little strange. If you don't have one, you'll need to establish a YouTube account. They are free. Just go to the YouTube site and follow the set up instructions. Once you have your account, you'll open up in your YouTube home page. It will look about like this:


At the top of the Home page you'll see the YouTube search box (not the address box at the very top but the one labeled search below that). Type J.S. Brooks in the search box and go. Several J.S. Brooks sites will show up. You want the one with the cartoon drawing of my face, done a few years back. It looks like:
 

To the right of the picture and name, you'll see a red Subscribe rectangle and a bell. Click on both of those. At that point, you'll be subscribed to my page, where all the Bible study live streams will originate.

I will prepare for the live stream, create some information about what to expect that night, and set a reminder that will share the day and time with you since you have clicked on the bell icon. You'll receive notification on the bell symbol near the top right of your home page and will know when to show up for class on your computer, remaining in the comfort of your own home, sipping tea or coffee and wearing slippers if you please.

To get to the live stream, look on the left side of your home page. There you will see subscriptions listed as the third item from the top. Click on that, and you'll see something very similar to this.

Close up
The live stream is that first listing, above the last sermon I processed for release. The one you see listed here is the second and final test of the equipment. Click on that. You will be taken to this screen. This is where the live stream will happen. You'll see Rev. Snyder in place of the flowers. You will be able to comment off to the right during the class session, which is how you'll be able to interact with me and with each other.


The experiments were fun, especially when there were several of us all interacting. I expect the classes to be lively as well. I hope to see you there. After I work out the mechanics, set up my background, and see how many folks subscribe, we'll set a day and begin. 

Spring Arrives in Lansdowne

We are celebrating the warming days, the beautiful flowers, the budding and flowering trees, the awakening grass ... 

It reminds us of the Song of Solomon 2:11-12: 

For now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 

Well, since this is a different climate, we'll say hopefully the snow is over and gone. Rain: that's another matter here in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Of course, we are right across the street from the Dollar Tree, so some unusual items sometimes end up in our yard. We don't mind nifty ones like these whirligigs. Whimsy and surprise are welcome. And if some child wants them, and it will brighten that child's day, by all means take those little whirligigs! 



Wishing you all a blessed day.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dominion





Sermon for Earth Day 2018 based on Genesis 1:27-31. An exploration is made into what it means for humanity to have been given dominion in creation. Explore our place in creation while listening and discover what microclimates we may care for in daily life.

Below is the first Earth Rise as seen by Apollo 8 while orbiting the moon, courtesy of NASA.
Earthrise

Moon crosses the face of the Earth, courtesy of NASA/NOAA
moon's far side overlapping the Earth

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.

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.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Feasting with Friends 2018: Basic Information Provided


At this year’s Feasting with Friends community dinner, I decided it was time to get down to brass tacks—as my grandparents used to say. With a great deal of misinformation swirling around about who we are as American Baptists, why we serve the community we serve, and who we human beings are, I felt it necessary to get back to basics. The information was well received, which warmed my heart. The meal was also fantastic as always, well received, and well staffed by dedicated volunteers from our church family and friends. 

Who Are We?
       We’re at Lansdowne Baptist are part of the American Baptist denomination. As American Baptists, we believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and that the Bible is divinely inspired. That Bible is our reliable guide to Christian life and faith. We believe all Christians are called to approach God directly, free of any human go-between, and that as Christians we all have free will.
       All of us have been given special gifts by God, gifts that are intended to strengthen and improve our community as we share our unique gifts with each other. God does not intend for us to hoard these gifts, keep them “mint in the box,” or set them aside and play with that box.
       American Baptists believe in religious freedom for everyone. It was Baptists pushed out of Massachusetts who created the Rhode Island colony and declared everyone was welcome there.
       We American Baptists also believe in sharing the good news with others, both locally and internationally. We do this both in the words we speak and the actions we take. To share the good news well, we acknowledge that it is the duty of all believers to equip ourselves with knowledge and train with each other on Sunday morning, so we can live out our faith all week long.
       We American Baptists also agree that we are called to cooperate with other churches. We at Lansdowne Baptist work with Lansdowne’s First Presbyterian Church with the Interfaith Food Cupboard. As the pastor, I have also helped with their Sonrise Service early Easter morning and we at LBC have fed our Presbyterian friends breakfast afterwards.
       American Baptists also very strongly believe we are called to be Christian witnesses for justice and wholeness in a broken society, following Jesus’ excellent example. Since the movement to abolish slavery prior to the Civil War, American Baptists have been involved in every justice movement in the United States. Among them have been supporting women’s rights, including the right to vote, adopting women ministers roughly 100 years ago, supporting the civil rights movement, care of our planet and much more.
       We American Baptists also celebrate the fact that we are the most culturally and theologically diverse of all the US denominations. We embrace people from all around the globe.

Why Do We Serve?
       Why do we at Lansdowne Baptist go to all the effort to support Feasting with Friends and the other programs we are involved with to help our community and the world, people we know and those we will never meet? What is in it for us, people might well ask. Let’s turn to our reliable guide, the Bible, for some answers.
       We are called to serve by Mark 10:43-45: “whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
        We are instructed to love everyone in Luke 10:27: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” The parable of the good Samaritan, which follows this verse, illustrates our neighbor is everyone and we do whatever we can for neighbors in need.
        We are informed by Jesus that we will be held to account for our service to others, or our lack thereof, in Matthew 25:33-40: [Jesus] will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
       Finally, 1 Peter 4:10 calls us all to serve others out of the gifts God has given us: 10Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. It is amazing what the use of our gifts can draw out in others. During Feasting with Friends, our efforts draw out gifts from our own church community and from local businesses to make for a wonderful, meaningful day. We are grateful for all the blessings and mercies and free gifts from God and that gratitude makes us generous. We want to share. To quote from A.A. Milne’s character Piglet in Winne-the-Pooh: “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” Or, as Psalm 23:5 puts it: My cup overflows.

Who Are We All?
       Finally, there are many folks who are ready and willing, eager even, to define us negatively. The world, or society if you like, defines us by our jobs, our credit scores, social status, skin color, gender, age, diseases, or addictions. I could go on. Needless to say, today’s world judges humanity harshly.
       But the good news is that is not who we are. We American Baptists, we Christians, work hard to see humanity as God sees us, as Jesus taught us, as the Holy Spirit guides us.
       We see everyone as a beloved child of God, one so loved God sent Jesus to tell and show all just how much they are loved. Jesus came to rescue us all from terrible, harmful ways of living that are against God’s plan and intention for humanity. God’s plan is the way of love and hope, a way filled with generosity, service, and devoid of fear. The ways in which we stray from God’s plan are referred to as sin.
       We are taught that humanity is made in God’s image and has God’s characteristics. Sadly we stray.
       However, from the very beginning God loved us and called us good. We are not the labels society applies to us. We are the beloved children of the Creator of the universe. Please remind one of your neighbors of this fact sometime today. That will be a wonderful way to love God and neighbor alike.
      
Open Invitation
**If this sounds good to you, you don't have a church of your own, and you would like to come by and worship with Lansdowne Baptist Church to see what it is like, you will be most welcome. Consider this an open invitation. God bless you on your journey. 

Enjoying God's Creation: Rejoicing in the Creator


Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Office Closed Today: March 21, 2018, Due to Weather

Given the snow expected today, the Lansdowne Baptist Church office will be closed. The pastor will be working from home and may be reached there.

Stay safe and warm everyone. The snow is expected to be heavy today, "heart attack snow." Shovel slowly. Give yourself plenty of time. There is no prize for getting done first.

Check on friends and neighbors, particularly the elderly.

Pray the power remains on and all those work crews out there clearing roadways stay safe.

Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lifted Up and Drawing



Sermon based on John 12:20-33, in which Greeks and "the world" come to visit Jesus. His success, the attention his mission is drawing, is see as dangerous to some in power, a threat that will bring down death and destruction for many from Rome. They propose a solution, "lifting Jesus up." Little do they know what this will accomplish. Listen, watch, and see for yourself. Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rich in Mercy



Sermon based on Ephesians 2:1-10, delivered during the season of Lent, 2018. If you want to know what a Buick Skylark and a Ford Pinto have to do with Paul's letter to the Ephesians, you'll have to watch. Good news provided about love, grace, and mercy. Room for reflection on how to react to that as well.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spring Ahead Saturday Night, March 10, 2018

Don't be caught arriving late to church this Sunday, March 11, 2018! Remember to set your clock ahead Saturday night at bedtime (okay, if you want to be precise, stay up until 2 a.m. Sunday morning and move the clock ahead an hour). We look forward to seeing you in worship after we've all sprung ahead.

Peace!  

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Church Office Closed Today, March 7, 2018

Please take note that, due to inclement weather, the church office is closed today. The pastor will be working out of his home today and may be reached by phone or email. Tonight's Lenten Prayer Service is also canceled. We will gather together again next Wednesday night and get the prayer services back on track.

Please take care today. Stay safe and warm. Shovel this heavy, wet snow in small increments, taking plenty of breaks. No heart attacks today please. Check on your friends and neighbors, particularly the elderly. Let's all follow the two greatest commandments today, loving God and loving neighbors, pitching in wherever we can.

God bless us all, today and always.

Peace,

Pastor Jeff Snyder

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 7, 2018, Lenten Prayer Service Canceled

Given the weather forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, we are going to cancel the Lenten Prayer Service at 7 p.m. in the Cooper Room. So, tomorrow night, hold a private worship time in your own home, reflecting on what Jesus has done for us and how we may transform our lives to more closely conform ourselves to the ways of Jesus.

We will resume, weather permitting, next Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there. Everyone is invited.

Tomorrow night we pray everyone stays safe and warm. We thank the road crews and the power company repair crews out in the weather and the aftermath of last Friday's powerful snowstorm and winds. We appreciate all you do. Stay safe as well.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

You Are Invited

Following Friday's violent storm, with its snow and high wind, Lansdowne Baptist Church is intact (praise God). We have water, power, and light. We are warm and welcoming in our faith. All we need this morning is you. Come and share our joy in the good news of Jesus Christ. We'll hold a spot in the pews for you!

This open invitation applies each and every Sunday and every special service we mention.

We are praying for everyone up and down the eastern and western seaboards, who were not as luck as we were on Friday. We pray for you, stand by you, and pray for all those good workers who are sorting out the mess and making your communities whole. We extend that prayer to our brothers and sister in Puerto Rico, who continue to struggle as well. You are not forgotten.

God bless you all.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Lenten Prayer Services Underway


Consider yourself invited to the next three Lenten prayer services, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. on March 7, 14, and 28. We will be focused on the topic of diversity this season, using author Douglas Avilesbernal's excellent book: Welcoming Community: Diversity That Works. On March 7, we will focus on Responding to Change. On March 14, we will explore Letting Go. Finally, on March 28, we will consider Following Jesus through all the changes embracing diversity entails. It will be an exciting series. We hope to see you there. Services will be held in the Cooper Room and are informal. All are welcome. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Setting Our Minds



The sermon for February 25, 2018, based on Mark 8:31-38, sets our minds on divine things rather than human. Jesus redefines Messiah for his disciples and discipleship as well, for his original disciples and all disciples who have followed since. These definitions are based on divine understanding rather than human. Jesus gives us a significant challenge to reset our minds this Lenten season and always.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Through the Roof



Sermon for the first Sunday of Lent 2018, based on Mark 2:1-12. How to have the hospitality of Jesus and the determination of the paralytics four friends who were willing to go through the roof to get their suffering friend to Jesus, especially in these challenging times. Listen in and decide if you are up to the challenge, during Lent and all year long.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Join Us This First Sunday of Lent 2018


The weather outside may have been frightful last night, but our worship service will be delightful. Join us for this first Sunday of Lent, 2018, and see for yourself. Drive carefully. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Black History Month: Coretta Scott King on Hate


Hate is too great a burden to bear. 

It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. 

~Coretta Scott King

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Whole City Gathered



Sermon from February 4, 2018, based on Mark 1:29-39. In it we review Jesus' healing of Simon/Andrew's mother-in-law and Jesus' desire to leave the safe and known town of Capernaum and its friendly crowd. Jesus calls us to leave the cozy equivalent of Capernaum and head out to be about Jesus' mission. Listen and discover the details. Have a blessed and adventurous day!

Feasting with Friends 2018


Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 East Lacrosse Ave., Lansdowne, PA, is preparing to hold its annual Feasting with Friends event.  It will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the church.  This annual event has always been a success and we are hoping and praying that it will be even better this year. We ask that you come and join us as we feast with friends. You may contact the church at 610-626-0637 and let us know who you are and how many people are coming in your group. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing God's blessings with you, with the meal and an inspirational message. Join us, friend. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Higher Way: American Baptists and Our Neighbors

Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer, the American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary, has authored a powerful letter of American Baptist belief in the face of our divisive times. 

Here's one paragraph from the heart of the letter: "In brief, our culture suffers from a form of spiritual amnesia. Having forgotten or ignored the Baptist and biblical core conviction of the infinite worth of every human being because we are all made in God’s image, many movements and individuals no longer act as if loving one’s neighbor is a fundamental and necessary manifestation of a just and healthy society. We are so quick to judge, denigrate, criticize, attack, and assume to be superior to those with whom we differ. There is precious little grace, courtesy and mutual respect remaining in American discourse and life. We must recapture these virtues which can resupply society with much needed social capital. This failing applies to both the President and Congress, to political and social conservatives and liberals alike, to Republicans and to Democrats, as well as to those of us who are part of religious communities."

To read his letter, please see: http://www.abc-usa.org/2018/02/01/a-higher-way-american-baptists-and-our-neighbors/

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

God Provides



Sermon for January 28, 2018, based on Deuteronomy 18:15-20. The sermon explores God's provision of prophets for his people. It takes a hard, honest look at how one tells the difference between a true and false prophet. You might be surprised how useful this information is today.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Plain Talk



This sermon from January 21, 2018, covers Jonah 3:1-5, 10, technically. In actuality, the sermon covers the entire book of Jonah, one of the most readable books of the Bible. Yes, it is done in roughly 20 minutes. You may be surprised who the plain talker actually is in this book full of surprises. This is an uplifting message for anyone.