Showing posts with label Holy Spirit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holy Spirit. Show all posts

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pastor Walking Neighborhoods with Invitations

The green shows where invitations have been delivered so far
In an effort to get to know the neighborhoods around Lansdowne Baptist Church better, and provide personal invitations to come worship with us, our pastor has taken to the streets. He is walking the neighborhoods when time and weather permits, leaving personal invitations on doorknobs everywhere he goes. Of course, he never leaves an invitation at a house where a "No Solicitation" sign is present as irritating folks is not his intent.

So far over 640 personal invites have been delivered with more on the way. An additional 80 were handed out along the parade route during the 4th of July parade. He intends to keep this up, wearing down shoe leather in order to extend the invitation to come worship God with us, meet Jesus Christ, and be transformed by God's Holy Spirit. At this point, Lansdowne Baptist has been having an increase in visitors and our pastor is being discussed by folks around town. As a confirmed extrovert, he is also having a wonderful time meeting great people everywhere he goes.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

End of School Year Bash Was a Blast!

Lansdowne Baptist Church kicked off our summer season with our annual End of the School Year Bash. We had a great deal of fun with our congregational family, friends, and neighbors (just so you know, when LBC holds an outdoor event on our most wonderful piece of property--the lawn at the corner of Lansdowne and East LaCrosse Avenues, you are invited to join us there). The day started off with a brand new project, our youth raised bed vegetable and flower gardens (it was three beds that day, but due to God's abundance and the powerful movement of His Holy Spirit, we now have four beds). The children and youth planted our vegetables in anticipation of the coming harvest. We plan to share the produce with our kids and the local Interfaith Food Cupboard this fall, God willing. We had lunch using our locally famous lemonade stand. Then the pastor did a little Christian clowning and discovered the fun of involving more of the audience in the performance. This was followed by some terrific games (the flying disc toss trying to ring traffic cones was particularly popular with kids and adults alike). Then came our next new event, a pony ride for the kids. Some children were so in love with this event they rode that pony four or five times in the hour she was with us.

I want to take a moment to say a great big thank you to everyone who made this event so successful and memorable. All of your hard work and preparation and involvement are greatly appreciated. We could not do this without each and every one of you.



It was a blessed day and we look forward to doing it again next year. Who knows what new things we'll have added by that time? Come and find out. You are always welcome.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Powerful Statement from Our Denomination Following the Shootings in Orlando

American Baptist Churches USA is the most diverse denomination in the United States. Our churches have a great deal of autonomy, we are equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, and we have varying interpretations of particular passages that have been the focus of recent cultural and religious debated.

Yet, in the midst of turmoil, our leadership provided the following powerful message of love. Please follow this link and read: http://www.abc-usa.org/2016/06/17/abc-interim-general-secretary-addresses-orlando-shooting/

A few highlights:
We offer our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of the horrible tragedy in Orlando. We extend love to those of our family directly affected. We grieve with our American Baptist brothers and sisters who are part of the LGBTQ community. My message to them is, never mistake our debates and disagreements with the depth of our love for you as part of our family. To the rest of the ABC family my message is, even in the midst of profound disagreement, let us love as Christ loved. 
~Interim General Secretary Dr. Susan Gillies


Following Gillies remarks, Rev. Judy Fackenthal said, “As President of ABCUSA, I concur with Interim General Secretary Susan Gillies that any act of violence against any part of the human family is fully outside the vision of God’s gracious love for all people. While American Baptists may not agree on a wide variety of issues, we claim God’s love as a just and all-encompassing love. I pray for the people of Orlando, particularly the LGBTQ community as well as the Hispanic community that has been particularly affected by this horrific violence. May we work together to seek to end hate and the outcomes associated with it.”


“The events of last week hurt me deeply, as a Christian, Baptist and as a Puerto Rican,” said Dr. Josue D. Gómez-Menéndez, vice president of ABC. “At this time I would like to express my solidarity with all the people who are suffering from the effects of violence, misconceptions and separation. In the end what we discover in the depth of love is that we find our essence and human reality, our claim to the dignity of the human being and our real choice to reflect Jesus in every step.”

Monday, May 30, 2016

Fire, Spirit & Understanding

Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, the church's birthday, based on Acts 2:1-21. Like the disciples, the Holy Spirit drives us. Find out how ...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Peace

Sermon based on John 14:23-29:

23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will
love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you
hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

25”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate,
the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you
everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I
leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the
world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be
afraid.

28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told
you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

Explores what it means to be gifted with the peace of Jesus.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Who Was I?



Sermon based on Acts 11:1-18 in which Peter, minding his own business in Joppa has an extraordinary vision, challenging his understanding of what is clean and proper. After that shocking moment, he is called by three Gentile men (Gentile grossly defined as "not us") representing the Roman centurion Cornelius. Peter and his crew are called to Caesarea to confer and eat with Cornelius and his family. Back home in Jerusalem, a faction of Christians are angry with Peter and insist he explain himself. A powerful moment comes when Peter sums up with the powerful question "who was I that I could hinder God?"

An exploration of the power of the Holy Spirit and consideration of where the Spirit might be leading us today. Listen, pray, and consider making Peter's question your own.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Go In Peace



Based on Mark 5:21-43 in which Jesus responds well to a day of interruptions ... and what we can take from that. Hint: it has a lot to do with faith and love.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Faithful, One Hundred Percent





For our Children's Sunday service, we explored faith, using the tale of a faithful elephant written back in 1940 as our springboard. The tale is Horton Hatches the Egg. How does this story apply, in the light of 1 Peter 1:3-7? Listen and find out.


The system we are using to film these sermons is simple. The editing possibilities, almost non-existent. At times we have small glitches. At the end of this sermon, we encountered one such error. So, here are the last three paragraphs of the sermon so you don't miss anything: 




"I thank God that we are given a family to struggle through life’s challenges with together, otherwise the faith journey could be remarkably lonely. I also am grateful that the God of mercy shows up unexpectedly when we are in crisis, in ways that lift our spirits. This last Thursday, the Stratford Court apartments caught fire. Rescue teams of fire fighters, police men and women, and Red Cross workers all saw that the residents were safe and the fire contained. I was there and witnessed them work. The next day, caring members of our LBC family kept tabs on the progress, determined to help if help could be offered. Then Friday afternoon I received a call from Sherry. On her way back from work here in the office her front tire shredded. I went to help, asking several members to keep track of that progress while I could not. That was reassuring. When I got to our crippled van, the spare would not come down from its position beneath the van. A postal worker stopped and tried to help. Then we had help from roadside assistance and a tow truck when we needed it. In both instances, we could see God looked after people in crisis and it was tremendously reassuring and bolstering to our faith.

Remain faithful like Horton, even in adversity, even in the trials by fire. God will never leave us and the joy to be found through that faith both in this life and eternal life are worth the effort. At the end of Horton Hatches the Egg, the lazy bird Mayzie sees Horton in the circus as it swings through Palm Beach. She demands the egg back, now that Horton has been sitting on it for 51 weeks. Before Horton can relinquish it, his faith is rewarded. The egg hatches and out from it springs an elephant bird.

Keep the faith in all our trials. Rewards are coming if we remain faithful, one hundred percent."

I decided as I began this experiment in recording sermons that I'd rather have the message out there for anyone who might be interested, even if it is not a polished product, ... even if it has to feature me. Just so you all know.


Blessings to you all.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Abba Father

Based on Romans 8:12-17, this sermon explores how God's abundant love for us frees us from the shackles of societal expectation and intimidation. We are free to be the people God intended, a joyful people. Watch and see.



Sunday, May 31, 2015

Wind Fire and Spirit





For Pentecost Sunday, we explore how the Holy Spirit can make a mess of our tidy, neatly ordered worlds. That unfettered Spirit of God can also empower us to do far more than we ever thought possible. Based on Acts 2:1-21.



We're experimenting here with showing the PowerPoint presentation while the sermon plays. Maybe this will work. We'll see.



Have a blessed and Spirit filled day.