Showing posts with label Lent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lent. Show all posts

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lenten Live Stream: Week 3, March 24, 2020

We are going to explore Jesus as a miracle worker this week and see what that means for us this Lenten season when so much has been tossed up in the air by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 4

On Thursday night, April 4, 2019, we wrapped up our study from N.T. Wright's book, The Day the Revolution Began. We discovered Jesus' vocation, how that vocation was lived out in his crucifixion, and how it has been passed along to us today. We examined what this means for us. We were given a lot to ponder and a lot to do. Come and watch. See if you aren't encouraged to do a few things differently yourself. Have a blessed seaons of Lent and Easter.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 3

We continued our study from N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began. Thursday we explored new goals for a new humanity, which proved to be quite interesting. Come and watch. We're glad you're here.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 2

Tuesday night, March 14, 2019, we continued our exploration of N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began. We will be considering a call God has given to us all, a call we have strayed from and Jesus calls us back to. It will be an interesting and possibly challenging evening. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Friday, March 8, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream: Week 1

For the next six weeks during Lent, on Thursday evenings from 8 to 8:30 p.m., we will be considering N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus' Crucifixion. For Lent we'll be giving up some time to learn some new and challenging perspectives that may well change the way we do things as Christ followers.. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 7, 2018, Lenten Prayer Service Canceled

Given the weather forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, we are going to cancel the Lenten Prayer Service at 7 p.m. in the Cooper Room. So, tomorrow night, hold a private worship time in your own home, reflecting on what Jesus has done for us and how we may transform our lives to more closely conform ourselves to the ways of Jesus.

We will resume, weather permitting, next Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there. Everyone is invited.

Tomorrow night we pray everyone stays safe and warm. We thank the road crews and the power company repair crews out in the weather and the aftermath of last Friday's powerful snowstorm and winds. We appreciate all you do. Stay safe as well.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Lenten Prayer Services Underway

Consider yourself invited to the next three Lenten prayer services, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. on March 7, 14, and 28. We will be focused on the topic of diversity this season, using author Douglas Avilesbernal's excellent book: Welcoming Community: Diversity That Works. On March 7, we will focus on Responding to Change. On March 14, we will explore Letting Go. Finally, on March 28, we will consider Following Jesus through all the changes embracing diversity entails. It will be an exciting series. We hope to see you there. Services will be held in the Cooper Room and are informal. All are welcome. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Setting Our Minds

The sermon for February 25, 2018, based on Mark 8:31-38, sets our minds on divine things rather than human. Jesus redefines Messiah for his disciples and discipleship as well, for his original disciples and all disciples who have followed since. These definitions are based on divine understanding rather than human. Jesus gives us a significant challenge to reset our minds this Lenten season and always.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Through the Roof

Sermon for the first Sunday of Lent 2018, based on Mark 2:1-12. How to have the hospitality of Jesus and the determination of the paralytics four friends who were willing to go through the roof to get their suffering friend to Jesus, especially in these challenging times. Listen in and decide if you are up to the challenge, during Lent and all year long.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lenten Prayer Services 2017: Join Us

Lenten Prayer Services will be offered in the Lansdowne Baptist Church sanctuary on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM on March 8, 22, 29, April 5, and April 12. These brief and meaningful services will explore our Christian lives together, basing our time together on Henri J.M. Nouwen’s influential spiritual classic Life of the Beloved. We will discover together: 1) what it means to be beloved by God, as Jesus is beloved; 2) how to accept that this status as beloved child of God; and 3) how to live as such a beloved child, living the disciple’s full life Christ calls us to and drawing others to that life. All members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church are invited and encouraged to come. Anyone else who chooses to walk in and join us will be warmly welcomed as well. Wishing us all a prayerful, meaningful Lent, during which we all draw closer to Jesus Christ.

Lent is a time 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. We pray for a change of heart toward greater love of God and neighbor, and all that accompanies that growing love.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lenten Devotions 2017 Available

The Reverend Dr. Richard Rusbuldt's Lenten Journey, a meditation for the walk from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday, is currently available. 

This is a meaningful approach to a personal devotion, small group discussion, or adult Sunday school study, readily available and written to be accessible to each reader. 

Let's journey together this Lenten season, walking to the cross and discovering, as Rev. Dr. Rusbuldt states, "God loves us--and God came!!!" 


Monday, March 7, 2016


A sermon based on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, the most familiar story in the entire Bible, the so-called Story of the Prodigal Son. In an age rife with mistrust and division, Jesus offers us an alternative to consider during Lent ... and for the rest of our lives. Watch, and decide.

Turn Around and Change

Based on Luke 13:1-9, Jesus turns us away from unanswerable "why" questions when disaster strikes and toward a positive, useful response that will improve us. How will we respond in Lent, and throughout our lives?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Get Away From Here

Sermon based on Luke 13:31-35, exploring Jesus' love for humanity, a love that would not be thwarted by opposing forces, that reached out to the forgotten and discarded people, even in the face of death by opposing powers. Jesus calls to us, offering that powerful love to us. We need to consider this Lenten season and always whether we will accept that offered love or tell Jesus to "get away from here."

Lenten Prayer Services 2016: Consider Yourself Invited

Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM on February 24, March 2, 9, and 23, prayer services will be held in the sanctuary of Lansdowne Baptist Church. These are times to pause from the busy day and actually undertake the self-examination, spiritual reflection, repentance, sacrifice, and focused prayer the season calls us to perform. During those brief evening services, we will explore together different facets of the spiritual discipline of prayer, as it guides us to better know Jesus Christ. The aspects of prayer explored during those weeks will be: prayer and community, prayer and service, prayer and perseverance, & prayer and discipleship. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Wishing you a blessed season of Lent and Easter.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Wilderness Test

This sermon is based on Luke 4:1-13, Jesus' wilderness testing at the beginning of his ministry. As we reflect in the season of Lent on our lives over the past year, preparing to turn around and change, we can ask ourselves how we have responded to temptation. Can we follow Jesus' example in this regard?

Monday, March 30, 2015


When Jesus rode into Jerusalem at Passover, many were looking for a conquering Messiah to save them from the Roman occupation by force. Jesus had other ideas ... as we shall see in this Palm Sunday sermon.

If you should find yourself in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, this Easter, you are most welcome to join us as we celebrate our risen Lord. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bearing Much Fruit

God wants us to follow Jesus fearlessly, to give up the worst aspects of our natures in favor of God’s far more gracious aspects, and to live a life that is full and purposeful. This leads to joy for us all.

Friday, March 20, 2015

God Loved the World

When the gospel writers spoke of salvation from God, consequences to humanity of accepting or rejection God's action was always a secondary issue. Primary in the authors' minds was that God did what God had done out of love for humanity, love for all the world. It is a message of good news that has, sadly, often been misused. Please pay particular attention to the message concerning human judgment on the salvation of others found near the end of the sermon. May you have peace. If you like what you hear and find yourself near Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, on a Sunday morning, please stop in for the worship service. You will be warmly welcomed.

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!