Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts

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 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. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

On The Road

Sermon based on Luke 24:13-49, the familiar story of the two disciples heading down the road to Emmaus on Easter morning, sure that all is lost. It has a lot to say about how Jesus comes after us when we lose hope. Check it out, especially if you find yourself muttering, "we had hoped" and feeling crushed.

Monday, April 24, 2017

City in Turmoil

Palm Sunday sermon 2017 based on Matthew 21:1-11. The question was who did the people of Jerusalem understand Jesus to be. That question remains for each and every one of us today.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Amazed: Easter Sermon 2016

Easter sermon based on Luke 24:1-12 celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and what that means for us today.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Join Us For Easter Sunday

Lansdowne Baptist Church will be celebrating Jesus' triumph over death and the very worst humanity could throw at him. He triumphed for all of us, past, present, and future. If you do not have a church home and will be in the area, we encourage you to join us in our celebration. Favorite hymns will be sung, Scripture will be read, and a rousing sermon will be given. You will be met by a warm and welcoming congregation.

Be careful though, the joy of Easter is highly contagious.

See you Sunday.

~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Sunday Service 2015

You are invited to join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is one of the most powerful moments in the Christian year and we want to share it with you, your family, and your friends. The service is Sunday morning at 11 AM and lasts for roughly one hour. As Easter is falling on the first Sunday of the month, this is also a communion Sunday. 

We hope to see and welcome you with our friendly congregation. The Scripture for Easter is John 20:1-18, one of the most moving resurrection stories you will find. It reads: 

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Wherever you may be this Sunday, we at Lansdowne Baptist Church wish you and your family a blessed Easter.

Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday at LBC: Join Us!

Easter offers many opportunities for worship, reflection, celebration, change, and recommitment at Lansdowne Baptist Church. Please bless us with your presence during these Holy Week activities.

Sunday, March 29
Palm Sunday
Worship at 11 AM in the Sanctuary

Wednesday, April 1
Final Lenten Prayer Service
Worship at 7 PM in the Sanctuary

Thursday, April 2
Maundy Thursday
Soup supper, Communion, and worship at 6:30 PM in Westphal Hall.

Sunday, April 5
SonRise Servcie
Worship at 7 AM at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church
Easter Breakfast
Served beginning at 7:45 AM in Westphal Hall.

Worship at 11 AM in the Sanctuary

Join us as we celebrate. Jesus lives! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lenten Prayer Services 2015

Come and join us on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM on March 4, 11, and 25, and April 1 for our annual Lenten Prayer Services. We will be exploring our faith together, examining where we are headed on our journeys with God, and learn a spiritual discipline each evening that will help get us there as we head toward Easter Sunday. Each service will last between one half hour and forty-five minutes. It is a beautiful way to gather in a faith community and reflect on all Jesus has done for us.

Have a blessed day and we hope to see you Wednesday! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lenten Devotions Available Online

The season of Lent is fast approaching once again. It all begins this year on February 18, Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season of self-examination, spiritual reflection, repentance, sacrifice, and focused prayer. Lent is a time to examine our hearts and lives, to acknowledge our sins, to look for the ways we are not choosing the gospel or welcoming those whom Jesus calls us to embrace. In the process, we turn away from the sins (all those behaviors, habits, etc. that draw us away from God's purposes) and self-centeredness and toward our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In this way, we prepare to meet Christ in his resurrected glory on Easter (April 5 this year). We pray for a change of heart toward greater love of God and neighbor, and all that accompanies that growing love.

To help us on our way, the Rev. Dr. Richard E. Rusbuldt has prepared a Lenten Devotions 2015 e-book with Scripture readings, reflections, and questions. These will help us on our journey of discovery and the deepening of our faith.

To obtain a free copy of this devotional guide for Lent, see:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sermon Summaries; Easter 2014: When Your Name Is Spoken

From John 20:11-18, we follow Mary Magdalene to the tomb where Jesus' crucified body had been placed early on the first day of the week. It is the worst first day you can imagine. She arrives before first light to mourn the loss of her beloved teacher and Messiah. She finds the rock covering the tomb rolled back, Jesus' body gone, and in her grief she turns to a perfectly logical explanation. She believed the body had been stolen. She goes back to tell the disciples Peter and John, who confirm the condition of the tomb.

When Mary returns to the tomb, the disciples are gone. She is alone with her grief, or so she believes. She looks into the presumed to be empty tomb. She finds two men there where Jesus' body should have been. She is asked why she cries and who she seeks. Leaving the tomb, she finds another man coming toward her, a man she presumes to be the gardener ... until he says her name. Only then does she recognize the risen Jesus, and rejoice!

Take a moment to read the verse in which Jesus says Mary's name. Now, imagine Jesus saying your name under those circumstances instead. Do you hear your name given in a scolding, authoritarian tone, something gentle and kind ... or somewhere in between. How you hear your name will tell you much about the relationship you have with Jesus. It's worth considering.

When Mary heard Jesus' voice, it changed her life. She knew what Jesus had told them all was true. He had been victorious over death. To the early church, Mary became the apostola apostolorum, the apostle to the apostles, a very significant person. 

As the centuries have rolled by, many have heard their names called by Jesus and responded with joy and new purpose. The world has changed for the better. With Jesus' curing of the sick, those called to care created hospices alongside cathedrals for the care of the ill, the first hospitals. Those who heard their names called with a penchant for education, remembered Jesus' call to love God with all your mind. They established monasteries, academic guilds, and universities. Public education first began to deny Satan access to children's minds, children Jesus loved. The wonderful list of positive changes goes on, rolling down through the centuries like justice rolling down like water. 

Do you hear Jesus calling your voice today? How will you respond? Will you rejoice? Will you be changed and work to help change the world for the better? 

Rejoice! Jesus lives!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Sunday Service: You Are Invited

Please consider yourself welcome to worship with us this Sunday, April 20, 2014, to celebrate Jesus' victory over the grave and Mary Magdalene's announcement that she has seen the Lord. This is an announcement that changed all human history. Come and see how.

Easter worship begins at 11 AM. Wonderful familiar hymns will be sung, a dramatic monologue will be performed for the children, and the sermon will focus our joy on Jesus and all he accomplished for us. Beautiful flowers adorn our historic sanctuary. Warm people await you. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a blessed Easter.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sermon Summaries: Palm Sunday, the King of Peace, and Shattered Expectations

Christians celebrate Palm Sunday, the day Jesus rode into the capital city of Israel, where David had brought the Ark of the Covenant, the footstool of God, and Solomon had built the Temple for God, and shattered expectations. The Israelites had come to the city for Passover. Visions filled their minds of Moses and God extracting them from slavery in Egypt and brought them into the promised land. Now, the people of Israel were eager for a new conquering Messiah, a warrior King who could free them from the oppression of Rome ... and any other threat that might come to light.

Jesus begins his entry into the city in Bethphage, an outermost village of the city, the farthest city from which bread could be baked for use in the Temple, on a donkey, a nursing mother donkey trailing her colt behind her. He was given a king's triumphal procession by disciples and followers, who placed cloaks and palm leaves on the road before him. While they cried out Hosanna to the Son of David, or Save Us Son of David! they declared his royal lineage. In Jerusalem there was confusion. Who was this? Could a true Messiah come to town riding a symbol of peace rather than a war horse as they had hoped. Could a Messiah be a king of peace arriving with devoted followers and disciples but no legions of troops to depose Rome? Could a true Messiah overturn the market stalls in the Temple that kept Gentiles away from God? Could a real Messiah spend his time around a high holy holiday proclaiming all that was wrong with Jerusalem and her religious leadership?

The people of Jerusalem were tasked with seeing if they could adjust their expectations from those of a warrior Messiah to a King of Peace. It is the same task all believers face. In a society that proclaims might makes right and cries out that individuals must arm themselves and take the law into their own hands in the face of evil  ... Jesus calls us to the life of peacemakers, breaking down barriers that divide people, reaching out a helping hand to strangers and enemies alike, working to end the injustices of our world just as he worked to end the injustices of his. What choice will you make?

Wishing you a blessed Palm Sunday and Easter every year, and a full and blessed life. Come by next Sunday and hear what is said in the sermon for yourself. Enjoy the prayers and hymns, the Children's Time, and the community too, all first hand. You will be most welcome. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lenten Journey: A Daily Devotional Reader for Lent in 2014

Reverend Dr. Richard Rusbuldt has been writing a series of Lenten Journey devotions each year for many years. You may walk with Jesus this year right up to Easter with his series of thought provoking daily readings and questions, each day using a different Bible reading to continue us on our journey with Jesus to Jerusalem, the cross, and the glory of resurrection and our hope for new life. 

Reverend Rusbuldt states,

Some of our journey will find us listening to Jesus’ teachings to his followers as he prepares to die. And some of the journey will deal with preparations for his death. Stories from long ago as well as “today” will be shared to illustrate truths about Jesus, or experiences of his followers of all ages.
You probably won’t agree with everything that’s contained herein – and that’s quite alright. We’re friends of Jesus, traveling together! You may not like some of the suggestions or questions – if not, skip them! Perhaps you will miss a day or two here and there; that’s O.K., too. Each day’s journey stands pretty much by itself, and can be missed, or picked up at a later date. We will meet both good and evil people, consider wisdom from “above”, ponder the humanity and divinity of Jesus, shudder at the suffering and brutality he endured, confront the “why” questions again and again, pray daily, and even more. 
Rest assured that as we journey with Jesus, God will be with us every step of the way. Over-riding our whole journey will be one universal truth:
You may download a free PDF copy of Rev. Rusbuldt's reader at:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lenten Prayer Services: You Are Invited!

From March 26th, April 2nd, and April 9th, on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 7:30 PM, the sanctuary of Lansdowne Baptist Church will be open for Lenten prayer gatherings led by the pastor. Congregants, visitors, friends and neighbors are all welcome to attend, as we join together in a time of introspection, reminding ourselves of all God has done for us through Jesus Christ, and preparing ourselves for Easter.