Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Fair Success 2016

Taking a moment to thank everyone who was involved in creating another successful Christmas Fair. It takes months of planning, preparation, and hard work to make it happen. We also wish to thank the entire community who showed up to take part in Grandma's Attic, the Craft Fair, our Silent Auction, the Bake Sale, and the Christmas Cafe. Our talented cooks kept people well fed. The bake sale tempted people with a wide range of seasonal treats and soups. The silent auction had a wide range of material up for bidding, including five refurbished computers that sold well and were a real deal.

Everyone had a lot of fun and Lansdowne Baptist Church received funds we can now turn into future community service for the community.

We also were able to promote all of the upcoming events in this busy month, including Sunday December 18th's children's pageant during the 11 a.m. worship hour in which the children of the church and friends who come along will participate in a clever retelling of the Christmas story and the 7:00 p.m. annual Candlelight Service in which we have a full service of nine lessons and carols followed by a truly unique lighting of candles, bringing light back to a darkened sanctuary followed by the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Also, we have the Sunday, December 25, Christmas morning service in which we celebrate once again Jesus' arrival in song and word.

Consider yourself invited to each and every one of these events.

Once again, a heartfelt thanks to all who made this year's Christmas Fair a tremendous success and a joy to attend.

God bless you all in this Christmas season.

For more about the 2016 Candlelight Service, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/12/lbc-candlelight-service-2016.html

Friday, December 9, 2016

Prepare the Way: Second Sunday of Advent 2016



Sermon based on Matthew 3:1-12, in which John the Baptist points us in the right direction to get ourselves properly prepared for Christmas. This is an important message to approach humbly, with an open mind, and our defenses down. Being in right relationship with God and humanity is the challenge of a lifetime.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

LBC Candlelight Service 2016

On Sunday, December 18th, 2016, at 7:00 in the evening, you are invited to Lansdowne Baptist Church's annual Christmas Candlelight Service.  This inspiring service includes a service of lessons and carols. The lessons span both the Old and New Testaments. Follow the story of God's love for humanity, a love so strong that nothing we could do would destroy it, from the very beginning through the joyous birth of Jesus, the Messiah, who would show us the way home to God and declare in word and deed how much we are all beloved children of God. Following the lessons and carols is a truly unique message during which the light of Christ is shared throughout the church sanctuary, taking a single point of light at the pulpit out throughout the gathered people, sharing Jesus' love and message until the sanctuary, once dark, is lit by candles. By that soft glow, Silent Night is sung to end a beautiful, inspiring, and memorable evening sure to give you the real Christmas spirit. Come and join in this profound moment of worship and peace. Come and share our joy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

LBC Christmas Fair, December 3, 2016

On December 3rd this year, we will be having our annual Christmas Fair. There will be many items for sale from Grandma's Attic, unique crafts and decorations, terrific food at our bake sale, a hot lunch from our cafe, and some really exciting items being auctioned at our annual silent auction. We all look forward to serving our community and raising funds so we can do more to support our community in the upcoming year.

Join us for the fun and Christmas goodies of all sorts. We look forward to seeing you there. The fair will run from 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon.

There will be a tantalizing preview on Friday evening, December 2nd, from 5 to 7 p.m. One really early visitor (one of our volunteers) had a pre-preview and really liked what was seen. See you there!  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

It's a Trap



Based on Luke 21:25-36, the sermon focuses on not becoming trapped in all the busy activities of the season. Focus instead on the liberating love of God represented in Jesus.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas Candlelight Service

On Sunday, December 20th, 2015, at 7:00 in the evening, you are invited to Lansdowne Baptist Church's annual Christmas Candlelight Service.  This inspiring service includes a service of nine lessons and carols. The lessons span from Genesis, Isaiah, and Micah in the Old Testament to Matthew, Luke, and John in the New Testament. Follow the story of God's love for humanity, a love so strong that nothing we could do would destroy it, from the very beginning through the joyous birth of Jesus, the Messiah, who would show us the way home to God and declare in word and deed how much we are all beloved children of God. Following the lessons and carols is a truly unique message during which the light of Christ is shared throughout the church sanctuary, taking a single point of light at the pulpit out throughout the gathered people, sharing Jesus' love and message until the sanctuary, once dark, is lit by candles. By that soft glow, Silent Night is sung to end a beautiful, inspiring, and memorable evening sure to give you the real Christmas spirit. Come and join in this profound moment of worship and peace.



Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Lord Is With You





A Christmas message of hope, strength, and belief in the miraculous ... in other words, a message we need all year 'round. Wishing you all peace, hope, and the strong belief of Mary, Jesus' Mom, now and always.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Candlelight Service


On Sunday, December 21st, Lansdowne Baptist Church's congregation, extended families, and friends celebrated Jesus' birth with a beautiful candlelight service. We heard lessons from Old and New Testament Scripture related to the birth of Jesus. We celebrated with familiar carols. We reveled in the talents of a young singer and two trumpet players who added to the service. The highlight of the evening was when the sanctuary descended into darkness except for the light of a single candle. From this, in a beautiful traditional ceremony the light of Jesus Christ's message was spread through the whole assembled body of believers and together we sang Silent Night.




This wonderful, deeply meaningful service took the efforts of roughly twenty dedicated individuals, some of whom went on to serve a terrific, festive meal afterwards. Their efforts in making the night a truly worshipful experience are deeply appreciated.

Consider yourself invited to next year's Candlelight Service.

Through these red doors (red is symbolic of joy)
you are always welcome!

May you and your family enjoy the blessings of Christmas. 

Good News of Great Joy

For Christmas this year, wishing you all the joy of the shepherds when the angels told them of the coming of the long awaited Messiah. To the lowest on the social scale the angels came, making the shepherds who most looked down upon the messengers of good news of great joy for all people.  Here's how Luke tells the story in Chapter 2, verses 8 through 20. 
8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Reflections on the Christmas Season

“Hark the herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the new-born king’. Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” ~Charles Wesley 

        Welcome to another Christmas season. Welcome to our celebration of the moment when the world changed forever. Luke 2:1-20, especially 8-20, is my favorite rendition of the Christmas story. For me, I cannot hear or read the shepherd’s experience with the angels in the field without thinking of my childhood and A Charlie Brown Christmas, in which Linus, the crew’s pint-sized theologian explains the meaning of Christmas to a distraught Charlie Brown using this passage.

        There are the shepherds, out watching their flock in the field at night, social outcasts based on the “earthy” way they make a living. Yet, outside of Jesus' family-to-be, these are the first people among the nation of Israel to hear the “good news of great joy for all the people.” Assured not to be afraid of the angel’s visitation (a good thing considering the angelic choir that will soon appear), they are told of the birth of a Savior, Messiah, and Lord. Such powerful titles these are, the titles for a king. And yet, this king will be found wrapped in bands of cloth in a manger. Peace among those whom God favors refers to the nation of Israel, a people set apart, for whom this message was first delivered. Luckily for us all, while Jesus began by fulfilling Jewish prophecy, in time the reach of Jesus’ good news would extend much farther, and that joy and peace right along with it.

        Immediately after hearing this message and choir, those shepherds headed off to find Jesus. Their world had changed and they wanted to find the source of that change. They never questioned that a Savior, Messiah, and Lord would also be one who was submissive and humble too. What a wonderful leap of faith, given how loaded those three words were with expectations across many centuries for the nation of Israel. When the shepherds arrived and told their tale, no doubt with great enthusiasm, the people were amazed. I wonder if they were more amazed by the tale or the messengers? But Mary treasured and pondered those words, as we all should. Finally, the shepherds returned to their world, their night on the hillside with the sheep, to a world that would never be the same because of the birth of Jesus: Savior, Messiah, and Lord.

        Wishing everyone peace, joy, and wonder this Christmas season as we celebrate Jesus’ birth once again. 

~Pastor Jeff Snyder