Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bearing Our Burdens




Sermon for Sunday, July 7, 2019, based on Galatians 6:1-6. Paul tells the Galatians and us how we can responsibly bear one another's burdens ... and our own. In doing so, we create a closer, more loving, and much better community serving each other in our journey through life. Come, watch, and discover what is in this message for you!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Walking Prayer: July 7 After Church

 Providing the weather cooperates, anyone interested in learning/practicing the spiritual discipline of the walking prayer is invited to join us at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. We will gather in the Lansdowne Baptist parking lot at 12:30 p.m. and then head on over to the refuge. There is no admission or parking fee involved at the wildlife refuge, so all you need is an hour of time and an open mind.


The walking prayer is an opportunity to open oneself to God through God's creation, using every sense to observe the natural world and allow God to speak to us through God's handiwork. A word of warning: prayer done well can be a transformative experience. Walk with us and with God on Sunday afternoon, and you may leave a changed person. 

Come and see. 

See You at the 2019 4th of July Parade


Lansdowne Baptist Church will be on the march again this year. We will be participating in the Lansdowne, PA , 4th of July parade, beginning at 9 a.m. Members and friends who want to march with us will meet in the church parking lot at 8 a.m. Please bring your Lansdowne Baptist t-shirts if you have them! 

Have a blessed 4th of July everyone! See you soon. 

For more details about the parade, see: http://unionaa.org/fourth-of-july-events/

Enjoy the Weekend: Join Us Sunday

This Sunday, we'll be exploring Jesus' answer to his disciples' question concerning how to pray. Jesus tells them, and there's more to the answer than first meets the eye. Prayer done properly will change us in surprising ways. Come see how. 

You are invited. All are welcome!

Enjoy the weekend! 

Why Families Leave Central America & a Call for Unity

There has been a lot of misleading information concerning people from Central America heading for the United States. Here from Bread for the World are some facts concerning conditions in Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras. Follow the link and read the article. See: https://bread.org/sites/default/files/downloads/fact-sheet-migration-push-factors-november-2018.pdf

When you finish there, return here and link to the Unity Declaration of 100 US churches concerning the link between racism and poverty. It opens: "As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are sharing a common “Unity Statement” on racism and poverty. As Christians, we are grounded in God’s love for all people, and we feel called to ask our churches and political leaders of both parties to work together to overcome racism and poverty which are theological, biblical, and gospel issues for us, not merely political or partisan ones." 
For the rest of the letter, seehttps://www.bread.org/library/unity-declaration-racism-and-poverty


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Internment Camps: Then and Now, a Reflection

American Baptist Home Mission Societies states: Yosh Nakagawa briefly notes the relevance of his internment in camps during World War II to today's situation during an interview with EthicsDaily.com recorded at the American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach, Va., June 21-23, 2019.

A short video remembrance. Please watch: https://vimeo.com/344565286


ABCUSA — Life Is About Choices



Become a Creation Justice Congregation. Watch this moving short video, and act.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 8



Tuesday evening, June 25, 2019,. we once again move on in Judges, this time into extremely hard territory with Jephthah in his inadvisable vow (after a week of glitching and one of meetings). The author of Judges will be holding up a mirror to us soon and asking some hard questions. Drop by. It will be enlightening! It will also be our last live stream until September. ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Faith Came



Sermon based on Galatians 3:23-29, from June 23, 2019. See how Jesus erases the dividing lines between people, and shows legalists and antinomianists another, better way. Come and watch.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Friday: See You Sunday!

Wishing you all a wondrous Friday, blessed Saturday and a worshipful Sunday morning with us here at Lansdowne Baptist Church! All are welcome! 

Worship for Sunday, June 23, 2019, begins at 10 a.m. (we are on summer hours) in our sanctuary. 

The sermon, based on Galatians 3:23-29, "Faith Came," explores life in faith, free of both legalism and antinomianism, free of fear and human-made divisions. Come and see what that's all about. 

Our sanctuary

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

God's Double Portion



The sermon for Sunday, June 16, 2019, Father's Day, was based on 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14. This is the story of Elijah and Elisha, two faithful prophets of God in the 9th century BC. Elijah will pass the mantle of authority on to Elisha, to continue God's work in the world. We are called to work faithfully as well in God's service. Doing so, we receive from God a double portion of spiritual blessings to enable us to continue our work as faithfully as Elijah and Elisha. Come, watch, and see.

Friday, June 14, 2019

God Grants a Double Portion: Sunday Sermon 6-14-19


Enjoy your weekend. 

Join us Sunday morning when we celebrate God's generosity in the sermon, God Grants a Double Portion ... and Father's Day too. Come worship with us and discover what that double portion business means for us today. 

All are welcome here! This Sunday, worship begins at 10 a.m. as we switch to summer hours! 

Here's the sermon: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/gods-double-portion.html

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Worship Service at 10 a.m. on Father's Day

Sunday, June 16, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist Church will move to our summer worship hours. Sunday school will be going on summer vacation and the worship service in the sanctuary will begin at 10 a.,m. Looking forward to seeing you at the earlier hour and worshiping before the day gets too warm. 

See you soon. Consider yourself invited! 

Happy Father's Day too.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cleaning Up Our Acts



Sermon from June 9, 2019, on Children's Sunday, based on Isaiah 1:15-20. We involve Dr. Seuss's less-than-reliable character of the Cat in the Hat to help illustrate how we can clean up our acts when we create big messes in our lives if we trust in God. Come and see how that all works out together. Join us on Sunday morning for worship if you are in our area!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 7



Tuesday night, June 4, 2019, at 8 p.m., we continued the story of Gideon's triumph over the Midianites by most unusual means. Soon we will move on into extremely hard territory with Jephthah and an inadvisable vow. The author of Judges will be holding up a mirror to us and asking some hard questions. Drop by. It will be enlightening!

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Please note that after next week, June 11, 2019, Beyond Loaves and Fishes will be taking a summer vacation and will return again in the fall, when the pastor is rested and has had a chance to consider some additional ideas for the live stream! Fear not, though, as this gives you chances to catch up on our previous live streams on the books of Matthew, Ruth, Judges, and our Lenten live stream series for 2019. September will be here before you know it. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Be One



Sermon for Sunday, June 2, 2019, based on John 17:20-26. Jesus prays his disciples will be unified in their ministry. This unity is reached by loving one another and serving each other despite their many differences. That prayer continues on into the present and the future, calling us to be unified in our love for each other and our loving service to others. It's a powerful prayer and a labor that leads to joy. Come and watch and give it a try!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Walking Prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge on May 26, 2019


Red-wing blackbird poses
for two photographers
We had a beautiful walk in the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge after church. Red-winged blackbirds were present in abundance, along with swallows (both barn and tree) putting on aerial aerobatics chasing bugs. A lot of aquatic birds were not present or were drowsing in among the water plants when we were there in the afternoon heat.

We shared the natural beauty of the reserve with a great many fisherfolk, who were called in for one month to fish in both the creek and the wetlands area (where fishing is not usually allowed). The reason for this was an uptick of the invasive snakehead fish. 

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2019 a Success

We had a wonderful team prepare for the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast this year. We had cooks, greeters, servers, and those who set up and those who tore down after the event. We got off to a slow start while people enjoyed to parade Lansdowne hosted, including military veterans, the fire department, reenactors, and the high school marching band. We had great seats to watch everyone participating in the parade assemble and begin to march. Once the parade ended, people came by to enjoy our breakfast and donate to the Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund so we will once again be able to offer scholarship money to two deserving graduating high school seniors. We received enough donations to offer one full scholarship, so it was a day of service well spent. We had one gentleman who dropped off a donation, thanking us for all we do, without staying to eat and one graduating college senior who came back to repay a portion of his scholarship money to help support another upcoming student. 

The pastor was a little too busy helping out once our diners showed up to take pictures of them. 




God gave a beautful weather and wonderful neighbors who stopped by and broke bread (well, pancakes and sausage) with us. We look forward to doing it all over again next year. We hope you'll drop by if you're in the neighborhood. 












Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith

Rev. Lee Spitzer, the General Secretary of our denomination (American Baptist Churches USA) has some thoughts about what all Christians may do to help thwart the rise of hatred around the world and right here at home. 

He begins: we “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). As American Baptists, we stand in sincere sympathy with all people who suffer violence, injury and harm, regardless of religion, race, gender, culture or ethnicity. We oppose terrorism, violence and hateful ideologies. The Gospel of love surely shall triumph over evil.

He goes on to say, he wishes to do more and has suggestions on what that "more" should be. Give it a read: https://www.abc-usa.org/2019/05/a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-lee-b-spitzer/

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 6



Tuseday night, May 28, 2019, at 8 p.m. we moved forward into Chapter 6 of the book of Judges and a new judge.There were new complications, new examples of Israel straying from God's ways, and a judge struggling with his own doubts as well as trying heroically to bring them back. Drop by and watch.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Stand Up



Sunday, May 26, 2019, sermon based on John 5:10-9, dealing with issues of healing. Seeing how Jesus heals a man 38 years frustrated in his own attempts to receiving healing at a pool near the Temple in Jerusalem. What Jesus' actions meant for the man and for us were discussed. Come and watch

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We Are a Diverse Congregation: Come and See


We at Lansdowne Baptist Church are very proud of our congregation. The way we relate to one another and function as one people comes almost second nature, because that's who we are. We recognize our differences but are always willing to learn more from each other. Only then can we get a closer understanding and appreciation. Our diversity lends credibility to what we stand for as it closely follows the teachings of Jesus. Our arms are open as we welcome all into his house.


Revelation 7:9-10: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”


~Will Thompson


Walking Prayer, Sunday, May 26, 2019

At 1 p.m., we will gather in the Lansdowne Baptist Church parking lot. At 1:30 p.m., we will take the 15 minute trip to the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge to practice the spiritual discipline of the walking prayer, opening our senses up to God's creation in a beautiful location. Join us for a one hour walk through the refuge, taking a closer walk with God.

The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153.

Of course, this trip will be dependant on the weather. If it rains, we will reschedule.

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 5





Tuesday night, May 21, 2019, at 8 p.m. we picked up with the cliff hanger from last week. We discover how an enemy general gets the point from a neutral party in Chapter 4, and hear the poetic version in Chapter 5. We invite you to watch and to join us on Tuesday evenings. ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2019

From 9 a.m. to noon, Lansdowne Baptist Church will be holding our annual pancake breakfast in the Education Wing (nearest Lansdowne Avenue). This breakfast is a fund raiser supporting our annual scholarship for deserving high school graduates. The breakfast is $7 per person, $5 for children (12 & younger), or $20 for immediate family members of five or less! It's a great deal offered by great cooks! We would love to have your company on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019.  See you there!  

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Why Did You Go?



This sermon for Sunday, May 19, 2019, is based on Acts 11:1-12. It deals with the power of God's Holy Spirit and where it will lead us. The disciples Peter is called to account by the Christian leadership in Jerusalem for dining with Gentiles (strictly prohibited by tradition). Peter has an extraordinary explanation, one that changed the perspective of Christian leadership in Jerusalem from that point forward. The Holy Spirit calls us to tear down walls of tradition from time to time,  heading into new directions among new peoples. It is an exciting opportunity. Come and watch.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

What Tabitha Made: Sermon for Mother's Day 2019



The sermon for Mother's Day, May 12, 2019, was based on Acts 9:36-43. We reflected on the work of Tabitha, a Jewish Christian serving the Gentile poor of the port city of Joppa. Such a pillar of her community was she, that the disciple Peter was called from the capital of the region, Lyyda, to bear witness to Tabitha's service. We discussed how Tabitha filled the original idea for Mother's Day as proposed by Anna Jarvis: a day to remember the peacemakers and those advocating social good, as Anna's own mother had done. Watch and see where all this goes.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt 2019!

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist Church held a community Easter Egg Hunt. It was a small affair this year that we hope will grow over time. 180 eggs were hidden, most containing small religious items ... and some with candy of course, and our entrepid crew of egg hunters found every last one of them. 

It was wonderful to introduce our family from Cameroon to the ways of the egg hunt and have the parents help prepare and hide the eggs and their children to find them. Our youngest hunter, a toddler, wasn't so sure what was going on but was delighted to discover the eggs made a satisfying rattle when shaken. 


It was a blessed day, a wonderful time of fellowship, and a terrific reminder we need to rejoice all that Jesus did for us out of love. We can and should share that love in as many ways as we can imagine. And, yes, that includes the venerable Easter Egg Hunt. Join us next year. We'll have plenty of eggs and a whole new way to hunt for them. 

The community is invited to share our joy with us. All are welcome. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Beach Breakfast with Jesus



Sermon for Sunday, May 5, 2019, based on John 21:1-19. Following Jesus' resurrection, he appears at dawn on the beach to rescue Peter from the burdens associated with his denial of Jesus during the night of the trial. The rescue will be painful but liberating. Jesus is looking to do the same for each of us. Come and watch. Learn how. It is good news!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Enjoy Friday, Join Us Sunday


Have a beautiful, blessed Friday. Join us at Lansdowne Baptist Church on Sunday morning for hymns, prayer, and the sermon "Breakfast on the Beach," John 21:1-19. See you then! 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Stewardship with Dirt Under Our Nails



Sunday sermon following Earth Day, based on Genesis 2:15 & Leviticus 19:9-10. We look at the creation story to see what is intended in our relationship between God and humanity. Leviticus helps us with our relations between each other. The menorah was lit in solidarity with the synagogue congregants in San Diego who were attacked, and with all who have suffered violence in their sacred spaces. Watch and see what is to be discovered through this riveting tale.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 3



Tuesday night, April 23, 2019, we went deeper into the stories of Judges. We encountered stories designed to startle listeners, stories shocking in gory detail, designed to help people living through hard times cope with those challenges. How does this strategy and others issues raised help us deal with the complications and challenges of modern life? Come and watch!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter's First Evangelists



The Easter Sunday sermon for April 21, 2019, based on Luke 24:1-12. We explore the meaning of Jesus' resurrection for the disciples and for us today. We explore who were chosen to be Jesus' very first evangelists to the resurrection and how everything about that day flew in the face of expectations. Come and watch to discover what that means for each and every one of us.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Join Us Today: Easter Morning

Lansdowne Baptist Church will be celebrating Jesus resurrection today at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Come and join this joyous celebration, this reminder of all Jesus has done for us and for the whole world. You are invited and will be most welcome. We hope to see you soon.

~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Friday, April 19, 2019

Have a Blessed Good Friday; Join Us Easter Sunday


Wishing everyone a blessed Good Friday. Inviting everyone to join us Easter Sunday morning to celebrate Jesus' resurrection and discover what that means for each and every one of us. The sermon is based on Luke 24:1-12, the sermon titled Easter's First Evangelists.

Favorite Easter hymns to be sung, Easter flowers to enjoy, and wonderful Easter fellowship to participate in and be uplifted by!

You are invited. See you then!


Celebrated Annual Feast 2019 with Our Community

Volunteer instructions...
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist celebrated our annual community feast, inviting our neighbors in to break bread and enjoy fellowship with us.

Greetings!
Volunteer Prep
We had lots of volunteers. As happens each year, we fretted in the backs of our minds over whether we'd have enough food and our volunteers and community businesses steped up and ensured that we had more than enough. God's generosity was clearly shown in action. We had terrific volunteers who set up the room, greeted our guests, prepared and served the food, and cleaned up the room afterwards. As always, we had a wonderful turnout from the community (we couldn't do it without you all) and everyone had a great time.
More than enough food, much to choose from.

It was wonderful to see this small community come together and fellowship in harmony in such a divided society. It was inspiring and makes me hopeful that we can all come together around worthy projects, setting aside our differences to work on something that benefits everyone.

So much food to share!
It was a blessed day. I'm writing this on Good Friday, 2019, and I hope this is a blessed day for each and every one of you out there.

Serving others

Feasting
Come and join us for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary as we remember all that Jesus did for us through his death and resurrection. Come, join us, be a part of our community, and remember along with us all that we have to be grateful for. You are invited. You will be welcome!