Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Beatitudes Week 3

Tonight we pick up where we left off with the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, beginning with verse 5. Come join us at 8 p.m. Say hi when you arrive. All are welcome

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sunday Worship, October 25, 2020


Join us Sunday morning at 11 a.m. for the live streamed worship of Lansdowne Baptist Church. You will find us at

www.facebook.com/LansdowneBaptistChurch
The sermon will explore Deuteronomy 34:1-12, the death of Moses and what that Bible story has to teach us. Sing favorite hymns along with Sherry. Share your joys and prayer concerns in the comments at the start of the hour so we can pray for you during our prayer time together.
If you appreciate the ministries of Lansdowne Baptist Church, you can share an offering with us to support our work in the community and around the world. A check may be made out to Lansdowne Baptist Church and sent to Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 E. LaCrosse Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050
Wishing you a blessed week. Hope to see you on Sunday morning. Please say hello in the comments to let us know you are with us. All are welcome.
If you enjoy the service, please consider sharing it on your page once it is complete so others may be introduced to LBC and our service as well.
Peace,
Pastor Jeff

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Sunday Worship, October 18, 2020


Come worship with us on Sunday morning, October 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. Join us on our LBC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LansdowneBaptistChurch 

This Sunday's live stream will come from the sanctuary to ensure all our equipment works properly in that location. Please join us online as we aren't ready for the congregation to join us just yet. However, if you'd like to join us out on the lawn after the service for a time of socially-distanced, mask wearing fellowship in the open air, we'll see you there around 12:30 when we have our equipment taken down.

This Sunday's sermon will be based on Exodus 33:12-23 where we see how Moses rebuilds a shattered covenant with God and what that means for us. Sing favorite hymns with Sherry. Add to the comments your joys and concerns as you arrive or just say hello so we know who's here.

There are two ways now to send in your offerings to support the ministries of Lansdowne Baptist Church. You can use the PayPal Donate button located on the right at the top of the panel where new material appears. Or you can make out a check to Lansdowne Baptist Church and send it to Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 E. LaCrosse Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050. We could not continue to provide online worship or help to our community and the world without you. God bless you all.

See you Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Have a blessed week. ~Pastor Jeff

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Come to the Party



This is the sermon for Sunday, October 11, 2020, based on Matthew 22:1-14. It is a complicated story of an invitation to a wedding feast, refusal, and repercussions. It calls us to live a certain way, strongly. Come and see. All are welcome.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Beatitudes Week 1



We began a Bible study of the Beatitudes in Matthew, chapter 5, verses 1-12, part of the Sermon on the Mount on Tuesday evening, October 13, 2020, at 8 p.m. We are exploring what each of Jesus' proclamations mean and how they apply to our daily lives. There is a great deal there. Come and watch. Everyone is invited.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Invitation to Worship: October 11, 2020

 

Join Lansdowne Baptist Church (LBC) for worship this morning at 11 a.m. on the LBC Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/LansdowneBaptistChurch
Everyone is welcome!

Our sermon today is based on Matthew 22:1-14 and explores the reasons why we should accept the invitation to join the party God is throwing ... and what doing so requires of us. Sing favorite hymns along with Sherry. If you have joys and concerns to share today, place them in the comments at the beginning of the service and we will pray for them during our prayer time.

If you wish to send an offering to support the ministries of LBC, you can make out a check to Lansdowne Baptist Church and send it to Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 E. LaCrosse Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050. Or you can take advantage of the PayPal Donate button located near the top of the page to the right, the first item in the column of new information. This is a secure method of sending an offering quickly and can be set up to send in regular donatiions.

We look forward to worshiping with you soon. God bless you all.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Ownership



This is the sermon from October 4, 2020, based on Matthew 21:33-46. This is Jesus' parable about the landowner who builds a vineyard and the troublesome tenants who will not give the owner the part of the harvest that is due to him. It has a lot to say about us, about our relationship with God, and what God expects from us. Come and watch. All are invited

How to Vote in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania


The non-partisan group, Lansdowne Votes, has put out useful guidelines for voting either by mail or in person. The rules this year are in flux and a little extra information could be the difference from having your voice heard or having your ballot discarded. Follow this link and review the rules. A little extra knowledge goes a long way. As Proverbs 16:16 says: "How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver." Follow this link to solid voting information:  lansdownevotes.com.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Morning Has Broken

 


Just wanted to take a moment and share the glories of the morning when God was painting in broad brush strokes. Have a blessed day! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hard Questions



Sunday morning sermon for September 27, 2020, dealing with hard questions challenging Jesus' authority presented by the Temple leaders in Jerusalem, Jesus' hard question in return, and the parable that broke the impasse. This parable challenged the leadership's perceptions and challenges ours today. Come and watch.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Electronic Tithes and Offerings Possible Here


If you would like to support the ministries of Lansdowne Baptist Church there is now a "fully operational" PayPal Donate button on this blog site. It is located at the top of the left hand column, just below the church's picture. You can click the Donate button, follow a few simple instructions, and make your offering. We at Lansdowne Baptist appreciate all who choose to return a portion of God's blessings to them to LBC for our use in the church and community. We depend upon God to continue our work but also need the offerings of all who participate. In this way we keep our missions alive at home and abroad and continue to provide weekly services via live stream. Thank you and God bless.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Countering Hate



Where does hate come from and how can we counter it? Let's explore together.

Please excuse the ringing phone that started right in the middle of this. Such is the nature of the live streamed message.

Friday, September 18, 2020

ABCUSA Together



Words of encouragement from our denomination. We will get through the current crises together. Have a blessed day!


Masks for Sale


One of our many talented congregants, Gwen, has provided Lansdowne Baptist Church with a number of masks to protect people against the COVID-19 virus in public. These masks are well made and stylish. We thank Gwen for her efforts on the church's behalf. You can buy them for $7 each (a real deal). Just contact the pastor or the church office. These masks are only being sold locally at this time. 

Importance of Voting


Useful, down right vital information on voting in 2020. As a pastor, I will never tell you WHO to vote for, but I will encourage you to get out there and vote safely. Make sure your voice is heard and you participate in performing a civic duty many gave their lives for. It is up to each and every one of us. 

Be a Living Memorial to the Life of Congressman John Lewis

Ways to honor the memory and legacy of Congressman John Lewis in 2020:

         Simply put, everyone vote!

         • Contact your elected officials and urge them to vote for the John Lewis Act (Voting Rights Renewal Act).

         • Register to Vote in 2020 (deadline October 19, 2020 - PA).

         • Vote by mail, asap, deadlines for the November 3 General Election: 5pm October 27 - Applications must be Received by your county election office. 8pm November 3 - VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by your county election office - postmarks are not enough.

         • Go to the polls with a friend and vote (being mindful of your safety - COVID-19).

         • Host intergenerational conversations among your relatives about the right to vote (include children).

         • Help Seniors to vote by mail, know the process, know the deadlines, and help them navigate the process.

         • Send out information on social media platforms encouraging the younger generations to vote. • Complete the 2020 Census.

         • Encourage peaceful non-violent protest in open spaces (Not Federal Government Property) and be mindful of COVID-19.

         • Encourage the News Media to cover non-violent protests and not escalate existing tensions.

         • Speak with the younger generations and tell them of the life and passion of John Lewis.

         • Talk to one another about the civil rights struggles of the past and the current civil rights struggle. Discuss the similarities and the differences.

         • Host a family virtual gathering the day of the election and pray for the nation.

“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.” John Lewis

Please read and/or listen to a few of the last words of John Lewis: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewiscivil-rights-america.html

 

Compiled for circulation by the Philadelphia Baptist Association


Thursday, September 17, 2020

No Grudges Sermon 9 13 2020



This is the sermon from September 13, 2020, based on Genesis 45:3-11, 15. It is the story of Joseph as the second most powerful official in Egypt encountering his brothers, who had sold him into slavery as a child, who had come to him hat in hand seeking food for their families during a famine. They don't know who Joseph is but Joseph recognizes them. Will Joseph hold a grudge? Will he seek revenge? What does that matter to us? Come, watch, and find out. All are welcome.



Friday, September 11, 2020

Sunday Worship Service at 11 a.m.

Just a quick reminder that this Sunday, September 13, 2020, our worship service returns to our fall schedule. The live-stream worship will begin at 11 a.m. instead of our summer 10 a.m. start time. We look forward to seeing you all at www.facebook.com/LansdowneBaptistChurch this Sunday at 11 a.m. See you there! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wake from Sleep 09 06 2020



Paul is speaking to a divided people when writing to the church in Rome. Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians are divided for many reasons. Paul advises them how best to bridge that divide, and his recommendations still work for us today. Paul also warns the time to act is now. Procrastination will not help. Come and watch. All are welcome.

Strategies to Help Children Feel Safe During the Pandemic 2020



Some useful information on helping children deal with the stress and uncertainty associated with the current pandemic sweeping the nation. These techniques will work with anxious adults as well. This information came from the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/humanitarian-disaster-institute/

Sunday, August 30, 2020

What Do We Do Now Sermon 08 30 2020

The sermon for Sunday, August 30, 2020, is based on Romans 12:9-21. Learn to love, rejoice, and overcome in an age of division. Paul lets us all in on the secret. Let that secret change your life. Come and watch. All are welcome.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Helpful Source for Guidance During COVID-19

 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, many church pastors and congregants find themselves in need of guidance in thorny matters like church reopening, maintaining health during a pandemic, and helping others during these difficult times. Here's one source we can turn to from Wheaton College, the Humanitarian Disaster Institute. They have a wide range of resources ready to help. You may reach out to the Institute through this link: https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/humanitarian-disaster-institute/

Lift Up Your Eyes

 


Wishing you all an uplifting day. Psalm 121:1-2

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Wings Like Eagles, Sermon 08 23 2020

In the last of the sermons in the Superheroes Sermon Series, we explore where we get our strength and stamina from and how we may soar with wings like eagles. We'll look to Isaiah 40:27-31 and Hawkman for our inspiration. Come and see. Come and soar!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

New Live Stream Equipment, Meet the Mic


 I hope you are all having a blessed week. When we started 2020, my wife and I had no idea we'd be learning the ins and outs of producing and delivering a live-stream worship service. The faithful old computer we were working with couldn't handle the strain (it wasn't designed for the job) and we had to pick up a new model that could. Then we received an external camera to improve the visuals. Now we have a new external mic to improve our clarity, especially for those with hearing issues. Who knows where the rest of 2020 will take us. We fervently hope this will help make your worship experience more meaningful. Peace, Pastor Jeff

Sunday, August 16, 2020

People Set Apart and Busy Sermon 08 16 2020

Sermon based on John 15:18-25 and the X-Men, exploring what it means to be a people set apart, a peculiar people, and how powerful we can be. Come and see. All are invited.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Love Sermon 8 2 2020



Sermon from August 2, 2020, based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. We will explore love and our need for it from Paul's perspective and, as this is part of our summer superhero sermon series, from the perspective of the Star Sapphires. There's plenty worth learning here. Come and watch. All are invited.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Seniors Seeking Internet Access

Lansdowne Baptist has been live streaming our worship services and more on Facebook Live and YouTube, increasingly so during this time of pandemic. There are many seniors who cannot take advantage of this service as they do not have access to the Internet. Linked here are two articles that discuss options for seniors to gain access to the Internet at low prices. If you know and love someone who could take advantage of any of these programs, please follow these links and bring this information to their attention. We have several seniors who had not been able to attend church services who have rejoined worship through live streaming. Lansdowne Baptist will continue to offer live streamed worship services moving forward for all who need it.

Here are links to the articles. I pray they will be helpful.

https://www.seniorliving.org/internet/best/
https://dailycaring.com/7-sources-of-low-cost-internet-for-seniors/

~Pastor Jeff 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Sites Locally

If you need to find a testing site for COVID-19, the links here will take you to the testing sites nearest to you. Please stay safe and get tested if you suspect you may be ill.


Philadelphia COVID-19 Testing Sites:

https://www.phila.gov/covid-testing-sites/#/

Delaware County COVID-19 Testing Sites:

https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/covid19/testingupdate_may12.html

Chester County COVID-19 Testing Sites:

www.chesco.org/4460/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Testing-Information

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Sunday Worship July 12 2020

Worship service for Sunday, July 12, 2020, in which we examined the lives of two fueding brothers Esau and Jacob from Genesis 25:22-34. We see how God takes an active role in human history, encouraging us to move toward a fuller, richer life walking more closely with God while never removing from us our freedom to choose. It is a complicated story with complicated applications to life in this world today. We sang favorite hymns and shared our joys and concerns. 

If you with to support our ministries through an offering we will gladly accept it and put it to good use. Please make your check out to Lansdowne Baptist Church and send it by mail to Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 E. LaCrosse Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050. 

All are welcome and invited to join our Sunday services. This week we had to record the entire service as our live streaming computer wore out. Hopefully it will be replaced in time for next Sunday's service. 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Reusable Cloth Masks for Sale

One of our talented members, Gwen, has made 6 reusable cloth masks that she has generously donated to the church for sale. Each mask is $7 a piece. Contact the office via email or phone to place an order for a mask. At this point, we are only handling local orders. 

Thank you Gwen for your generosity and your God-given talent.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Malachi Week 2





We nearly finished the last of our three minor prophets tonight, the
prophet Malachi. He lived when the Temple in Jerusalem was rebuilt.
During the rebuilding phase, all sorts of ideas developed about how
wonderful life would be once the Temple was back in operation and how
much humans would change as well. It didn't happen that way and Malachi
helps his people deal with that, change their expectations, and calls
them to work for the change they want. Looks like we'll have one more
week and then we'll take a summer vacation and return in the fall. Join
us. Or enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Haggai Week 2


We were well on our way to finishing with the minor prophet Haggai when
this live stream began. We picked up with Chapter 2, verses 10-19 of
this two chapter book. From there we moved on to Malachi and how that prophet dealt with people's disappointment when the rebuilding of the Temple does not live up to expectations. Join us. Or enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Haggai Week 1

Finishing Micah last week, we are now moving on to the minor prophet Haggai, writing at the time the Temple is being rebuilt. Haggai reflects on what this means and what the people of Israel hope for the future. It's similar to our hopes for the future as we are coming through a time of potentially great change given both the pandemic and the civil rights issues joined today. Join us. Or enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Micah Week 4


We completed the prophet's book, Micah, Tuesday night, June 9, 2020. We picked up where we left off last week with the beginning of Chapter 5. Chapter 6 has a powerful message for us all. While I'm not making any guarantees, we could finish the book of Micah this week. Join us. Or
enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

What Does It Mean for Delaware County to Move into the Yellow Phase


If you are concerned about what the transition to the Yellow Phase means for Delaware County, PA, plesase follow this link for information from the county. Stay safe everyone: https://www.delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases/2020/yellowphase.html

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Justice & Nonviolence



 

A short message concerning what we can do together to assist our African

American brothers and sisters to push back against the sin of racism so

deeply baked into our society. It's a message of encouragement for

everyone and a call to action.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Micah Week 3







This week we picked up with Chapter 2. There will be lots of material about human downfall and what we must do to walk with God instead of stumbling along in the dark being miserable. We ended with Chapter 4. It was a wild ride. You are all invited.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Anit-Racism Resources

If you are looking for resources that will allow you to fight racism that is so badly harming our communities across the nation and around the world, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/preview?fbclid=IwAR28P0Fj1Q45vWf7bcIBZDYnyK27Q3Wm0Sz2ZWoD-k30aWnUhibuOXNsPjA&pru=AAABcncwwWM%2Ag_ZhqwgXau1saPP5XcsvoA

ABC USA Letter Refuting Racial Injustice

What follows is a letter from American Baptist Churches USA dealing with the chaos that has occurred as a response to racism following the violent death of George Floyd: 


Dear American Baptists,

The death of George Floyd has caused widespread pain, rage, protests, and violence in Minneapolis and across the United States. I appreciate the input received from officers of the Regional Executive Ministers Council, members of the National Executive Council, and others in constructing a response to this event. While American Baptists have never advocated violence, we grieve with those feeling the pent-up pain from years of racial discrimination and injustice. The horrifying video captured at the corner of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street in Minneapolis has released years of frustration that can never be fully understood by those who have not consistently lived with injustice historically and presently.

Acts of current racial injustice as well as the effects of historic racial injustices have been brought into the light in recent weeks as we recognize that African-Americans have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control found that 45% of individuals for whom race or ethnicity data was available were white, compared to 55% of individuals in the surrounding community and that 33% of hospitalized patients were black compared to 18% in the community. Unequal access to healthcare, jobs, education, and training have all been influenced by the racialized society in which we continue to live.

Unfortunately, acts of violence have been cast upon many ethnically distinct groups within our congregations and among our international partners. Many Chinese as well as Asian-Americans are being targeted, harassed, and even physically attacked because of comments made about COVID-19. In Malaysia, we are hearing reports of the government using information collected from the treatment of persons affected by COVID-19 for deportation despite earlier statements that no one who sought medical services for the coronavirus would be arrested based on their immigration status.

Racism and Xenophobia have deep roots in American history and culture and wrongs cannot be righted overnight. While expeditious action is critical to the pursuit of justice for George Floyd, dialogue, conversation, systemic change, and continued acts of justice to curb the sources of prejudice and discrimination are needed.

In these tense times of ache and agony and stinging memories of bias and wrongdoing, we are called again to combat racism and resist violence. American Baptists have historically advocated against both violence as well as racial injustice. “Our denominational history is rich with resistance against violence. From Roger Williams speaking in defense of First Nations People, to the Abolitionists, down to Walter Rauschenbusch, and Martin Luther King, American Baptists in particular have been on the forefront for the cessation of violence and the coming of Shalom.” (American Baptist Case Statement on Violence from the 2015 Mission Table). I am calling on people of faith to find the resources of the Spirit to calm their anger. “Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3, NASV)

Our denominational history is also rich in working toward justice in general and racial justice in particular. “Racial justice,” as defined in our 1989 ABCUSA policy statement, “is recognizing our oneness in Christ, confessing that we have not become what God wants us to be, and committing ourselves to pressing on to that mark of high calling by which we can become a liberating symbol to our nation and world of what it means to be the people of God. In so doing, we can challenge our nation to live up to its high purposes.”

“Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16, NASV) I charge our American Baptist family to continue to search, advocate, and live where the good way lies.

Dr. C. Jeff Woods
Interim General Secretary
American Baptist Churches USA