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

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!!!" 

See: http://www.abcopad.com/Downloadable_Forms/2017_Lenten_Devotions_by_Richard_Rusbuldt_sm.pdf

Monday, March 7, 2016

Choices

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.

Peace.

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

Hosanna



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! 

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: http://www.abcopad.com/Downloadable_Forms/2015_Lenten_Devotions_by_Dr_Richard_Rusbuldt_sm.pdf

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:
GOD LOVES US – AND GOD CAME!!!
You may download a free PDF copy of Rev. Rusbuldt's reader at: http://demo.abcopad.org/Publications/Lenten_Journal_by_Dr_Richard_Rusbuldt.aspx

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.