Showing posts with label God. Show all posts
Showing posts with label God. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear Spoke Sunday May 7, 2017

On Sunday morning, May 7, 2017, Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear spoke to congregants, friends, and visitors to Lansdowne Baptist Church. He discussed the plight of prisoners incarcerated in our justice system. Rev. Trulear challenged assumptions we have concerning prisoners, reminding us all of some very prominent individuals in the Bible who spent time jailed, including Jesus, who would go on to be executed by the state. We were called upon to realize that God sees people by their whole lives, not a single moment and single mistake. Redemption is possible. Life moves on beyond some moment in which law is broken and a person jailed.

We are called to help those who are jailed and their families, all who suffer through this process. It was an extremely powerful message. At the end of the sermon Rev. Dr. Trulear made an altar call for anyone who had a family member incarcerated. Roughly ten people came forward and a powerful time of prayer followed.

This was a moving, meaningful message that will soon be made available in DVD form for those who need to hear it. Listen for the message concerning Polaroid Land Camera snapshots and DVD's from God's perspective, which makes us consider the span of someone's entire life. It's powerful indeed. The opportunities for individuals and churches to serve are great. 

To explore what might be done, visit the following organization: Healing Communities: http://www.healingcommunitiesusa.com/

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.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Being Holy



Sermon based on Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, calling us to assist others, care for those who cannot take care of themselves, working to ensure security for the least secure so we may live in peace, and much more. Take a listen and then take the challenge. It can change your life for the better, forever.

Monday, February 6, 2017

We Are


Sermon based on Matthew 5:1-12 in which Jesus startles his disciples (then and now) with who are blessed in God's eyes, and by extension, what God's ethical concerns are. It is both an uplift and challenge for all who choose to follow Christ. Who's up for the challenge?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fishers of People



Sermon based on Matthew 4:12-23, in which Jesus moves to Capernaum, gathers his first disciples, and we explore what discipleship means. Further, the sermon includes the discipline of non-violent communication as one way to be modern-day fishers of people. Are you in? How will you respond when Jesus asks you to "Follow me" and states, "I will make you fishers of people."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ah Ha Moment



Sermon based on John 1:29-42, in which John the Baptist has a particular Ah Ha moment that has reverberated down through the centuries. What will be yours?


Friday, January 13, 2017

A Prayer for Christian Unity Sunday, January 15, 2017


O God, we are one with you.

You have made us one with you.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another,you dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this opennessand to fight for it with all our hearts.
Help us to realize that there can be no understandingwhere there is mutual rejection.
O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely,we accept you, and we thank you, and we adore you,and we love you with our whole being,because our being is in your being,our spirit is rooted in your spirit.
Fill us then with love,and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways,united in this one spirit which makes you present in the world,and makes you witness to the ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome.
Love is victorious. 
~ Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

For more prayers and additional material for Christian Unity Sunday, I suggest checking: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/01/resource-index-christian-unity.html


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Walking Prayer: October 29, 2016


Join us
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, LBC members made another walking prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. It is an opportunity to be still and be with God while slowly walking through the natural world wondering at God's amazing handiwork. Once again, it was a rewarding experience, leaving us rested and in awe. When we put away the technology (well, except for binoculars through which to watch and admire the birds found throughout the reserve) and just observed with all our senses, it was amazing how abundant the wildlife was, both large and small. It made this walker wonder just how much I do not notice going on all around me on a busy day. God's handiwork is everywhere, if we'll stop and notice. Unfortunately, my phone camera is insufficient to zoom in on all the birds that were everywhere we looked.
Where we meet to begin.

A little more about the refuge ...
God has given us a wonderful world to care for. Getting to know it better makes us all better stewards, and happier ones too.
Invitation to roam ...

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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Stewardship Challenges



Sermon based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 and Malachi 3:10, dealing with stewardship in its broadest sense. Dealing with issues of justice in our community through our faithful stewardship of our God-given talents and gifts. The broad reach of stewardship performed faithfully might surprise you.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Our Job Never Changes: Sermon for November 6, 2016



Sermon based on Matthew 22:36-40, the greatest commandments. No matter the situation (even in a contentious election season), Christians are called to love God and neighbor. Doing so transforms the lives of those who attempt this very tall order and those who are on the receiving end of that love. Give it a try. Jesus challenges you to do so.

One small correction: reference to a "Roman Candle" should be a fountain. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Saturday October 29, 2016, Walking Prayer

The congregation and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church will be practicing the spiritual discipline once again at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, beginning at the main gate of the refuge at 10 a.m. Come walk with us, get close to nature and to God. The reserve is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153, roughly 15 minutes from Lansdowne Baptist Church. We have picked the height of southeastern Pennsylvania's leaf season for our second walking prayer at the refuge.

See you at the main gate
Our previous walking prayer experience in the summer was quite moving. If a person is still, it is amazing how abundant and diverse is the life in God's creation. It starts with a few of the most obvious birds and plants observed. But, in stillness, you are rewarded as the natural world comes into view in ever greater detail. It is easy, when the time is taken and stillness is achieved, to feel yourself being drawn closer to nature and to nature's Creator.

Consider yourself invited.

For information on our previous walk, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/09/walking-prayer-held-at-john-heinz.html

To see images from this walk, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/12/walking-prayer-october-29-2016.html

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thrive Where We Are



Sermon, based on Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, delivered on October 9, 2016. This scripture reading and sermon have much to say about making the new communities where we find ourselves home and helping newcomers to feel welcome in their new homes.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Attention Please



Sermon based on Luke 16:19-31, delivered on September 25, 2016. Dealing with the oblivious rich man who never noticed Lazarus starving to death at his gates. What does this mean for us? How do Rod Serling and "dead walkers" factor into this message? Watch and find out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rejoice For Those Found, Sermon on 9/11/16



Sermon based on Luke 15:1-10, in which Jesus provides parables about how determined God is to find the lost. We should do likewise and rejoice when the lost are found. We should never withdrawal from others based on fear. This sermon reflected, in part, on the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In the Garden: the LBC Youth Garden ... Again

Last week I had a phone call that took me by surprise. One of the leaders of the men's group working with the youth on the LBC Youth Garden called and asked, "Pastor, where are you?" "In my office," was my startled response, wondering where Joe was going with this. "Could you bring me out a couple of baskets? I'm in the garden." Now, it started to make sense. I got the baskets and went out into the garden.

What followed for this suburbanite was the equivalent of a small scale treasure hunt. Joe and I searched among the tomato, pepper, cucumber, and egg plant leaves and stems. We found quite a few ripe vegetables ready for harvest and the promise of many more to come. Before long, we were laughing at the abundance God had presented us. The harvest was heading off to people who needed fresh vegetables. I was startled at the number of pollinators among both the decorative and vegetable flowers. Life abounded in the garden.


Since that day, it has been my repeated pleasure to offer up fresh vegetables to hungry people who show up at the church doors. It is amazing what has come from the garden our youth planted in the early summer. We are still looking forward soon to a week when the children will return to the garden to harvest some of the vegetables for their families and themselves. That will be a sweet day, and it is coming soon.

Here are some recommendations for having a prayerful time in any garden from the Godspace Community Blog site: http://godspace-msa.com/2016/09/22/top-5-ways-to-pray-in-the-garden/ You are welcome to explore these prayerful options in the LBC Youth Garden any day you like.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

2016 Summer Cookout a Success

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who made the Lansdowne Baptist Church summer cookout on Wednesday night, August 17th, such a success. As always, we had a dedicated group of volunteers who planned, purchased supplies, set up, tore down, cooked for, and brought wonderful dishes to share to this annual event. We had to move the venue away from our usual location on the corner of our property at the intersection of Lansdowne and East LaCrosse avenues. It was too hot. We moved the whole picnic under the shade tree outside the office wing. God blessed us with wonderful (if warm) weather and a steady breeze.

Somewhere between 50 and 60 people showed up, including members of our community who are always welcome to drop on by. Members and regular attenders brought their friends as well. A wonderful time was had by all. We set up a couple of tables inside the office wing for those who wanted air conditioning, but those tables were largely ignored. We American Baptists are a hearty bunch.

We also had a pleasant surprise from the group that built and maintains the LBC Youth Garden. They revealed the new automated watering system that drip feeds the vegetable plants and flowers in all five of the raised garden beds. Well done, gardeners!

To see the "first fruits" of our gardeners' labors, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/08/fresh-vegetables-donated-to-lansdownes.html

Walking Prayer Held at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

A small group of us went on a walking prayer on Saturday, August 20th, at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum, near Philadelphia International Airport. In this watery bird sanctuary we basically focused all our senses on the natural world around us. It was startling what happened in those quiet moments. Speaking from my own observation, standing out on a bridge over the wetlands, at first, as the mind settled, I became aware of the plant life, then the largest of birds standing out in the water. It did not seem like there was all that much going on and I was tempted to get back into motion, to move along, to stride busily off to the next location. Instead, I was still and began to see all the rest of the life that was there. Birds, large and small, flew and rested all over that wetland site, fish nipped at insects skimming over the water’s surface, a warm breeze blew past, the smells of nature became present, and all the songs and calls of the natural world came into my attention. It was surprising how abundant and diverse the life all around us was, when we took the time to notice. God was very much present in that quiet time. We had scheduled that walking prayer, and we did walk quite a ways, to last one hour. At the end of that hour, to honor our time, we called the walk officially to an end. Then we walked on together for another hour. It was a powerful experience. We left the refuge feeling refreshed.
Met some bird watchers who told us more about what
we were seeing



As Job 12:7-10 reads, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.” 

The walking prayer did get us back in touch with God, drew our attention away from the busyness of our daily lives, and left us refreshed. Lansdowne Baptist Church will hold this experience again in the future for all adventurers who would like to go forth into nature and as Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God."
Next time, let yourself be in this location to meet God.

~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fresh Vegetables Donated to Lansdowne's Interfaith Food Cupboard

A small men's group in our church, guiding our church's youth in planting (and soon in harvest), have seen to it that this year Lansdowne Baptist Church has five raised bed gardens in our side yard facing the Lansdowne Avenue. We are so impressed with God's great abundance displayed in the many vegetables and flowers coming out of those garden beds.

Some of the vegetable plants & flowers
of the raised beds are visible in the
background.
We were pleased to be able to donate two baskets of vegetables (not quite but almost our first fruit from these beds)--tomatoes, egg plants, cucumbers, and green peppers--to the Interfaith Food Cupboard. We look forward to doing more with the harvest as the season moves forward. Today's harvest was a very small portion of what is ripening on the plants.

As the psalmist wrote in Psalm 67:6-7: "The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him."