Showing posts with label gratitude. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gratitude. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Out of Her Poverty



Sermon for Sunday, November 11, 2018, based on Mark 12:38-44. Jesus discusses giving, generosity, and how easy it is to go astray when your society is fixated on status. That fixation easily impacts people of all levels of society. Jesus focuses on the Temple Scribes, the wealthy congregants, and one poor widow. He is particularly interested in that widow, and so will we be in this sermon on good stewardship. You are invited to listen. You are also invited to join us at Lansdowne Baptist in Lansdowne, PA, any time you are in town.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Value of the Immigrant, the Faithful Ruth

Ruth, a Moabite, daugther-in-law of Naomi, is an example of true faithfulness. In the age of the Judges, when Israel had drifted from God, from faith, into idolatry and civil war, Ruth show what true faithfulness is all about. She gives up her people, her country, her gods, to head to a land where her people are looked down upon with suspicion and thought to be idolatrous, licenteous, people of ill repute. She makes the God of Israel her God. She stands by Naomi even though her mother-in-law has nothing to offer her in the way of a secure future. She goes out to glean in the barley fields at harvest time to feed Naomi and herself, even though it was not safe for a woman to do so in those uncertain times in Israel. When she meets Naomi's relative Boaz, this is what Boaz says of her faithfulness (word gets around in a small community like Bethlehem): 

Ruth 2:10-12: 10Then she fell prostrate, with her face to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?” 11But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!” 

In an age when we too look suspicously upon outsiders, it is worth taking the time to remember Ruth, the faithful Moabite. Ruth and Boaz would become the great grandparents (spoiler alert) of King David, Israel's greatest king. Ruth would be one of four women listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2018 Successful



Serving our community is always wonderful

Patriotic decor ...
Thank you to all the volunteers (our chefs, our greeters, our servers, our advertisers, those who set up and those who took down and cleaned up) who made our delicious pancake breakfast happen. Thank you to the community who generously showed up, contributing to our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund. It was an enjoyable time of community fellowship, and a delicious one as well.
So glad you came!

Ready to go ...
Greeters! 
Chefs!

There's joy in serving others ...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rich in Mercy



Sermon based on Ephesians 2:1-10, delivered during the season of Lent, 2018. If you want to know what a Buick Skylark and a Ford Pinto have to do with Paul's letter to the Ephesians, you'll have to watch. Good news provided about love, grace, and mercy. Room for reflection on how to react to that as well.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fair Balance: Stewardship



Sermon from October 29, 2017, based on 2 Corinthians 8:7-15. Paul guides the Corinthian church and us in how to live generous, joyful lives, creating fair balance and having a positive impact. Following Paul's advice for living is character changing. To succeed, however, requires a lot of trust.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nothing Too Wonderful for God


Sermon based on Genesis 18:1-15, focusing on hospitality, Abraham, Sarah, and God. Exploring closely how God's insistence on hospitality impacts upon all of us today during incredibly tense, inhospitable times. Includes current crises playing out in our community. Please watch, share, pray, and act.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Take a Moment to Revel in God's Creation

I was headed out the door this morning, a head full of schedules and to-do lists following all the Memorial Day weekend duties, and was stopped dead in my tracks. I was stopped by this beautiful little tableau outside my front door. I had to pause from all the busyness to enjoy a little bit of God's handiwork. I left with a smile and a better sense of what matters. The moment reminded me of Genesis 1:31:

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. 

How true. Enjoy a moment and feel the gratitude that comes from being surrounded by such wonders, small and large, each and every day.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Psalm 30: Expressing Gratitude

I found Eugene H. Peterson's version of this psalm from The Message particularly moving.

I give you all the credit, God--
     you got me out of that mess,
     you didn't let my foes gloat.

God, my God, I yelled for help
     and you put me together.
God, you pulled me out of the grave,
     gave me another chance at life
     when I was down and out.

All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God!
     Thank him to his face!
He gets angry once in a while, but across
     a lifetime there is only love.
The nights of crying your eyes out
     give way to days of laughter.

When things were going great
     I crowed, "I've got it made.
I'm God's favorite.
     He made me king of the mountain."
Then you looked the other way
     and I fell to pieces.

I called out to you, God;
     I laid my case before you:
"Can you sell me for a profit when I'm dead?
     auction me off at a cemetery yard sale?
When I'm 'dust to dust' my songs
     and stories of you won't sell.
So listen! and be kind!
     Help me out of this!

You did it: you changed wild lament
     into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
     and decked me with wildflowers.

I'm about to burst with song;
     I can't keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
     I can't thank you enough.


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.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Thank You For Your Kindness


Little things really do mean a lot. I was out putting up the Palm Sunday chalk sign Bible verse when a young lady walking by stopped with a smile and said, "Thank you for the uplifting word. We really appreciate it." 

For someone who started this being extremely self conscious of my less than stellar handwriting, wondering if it would have any positive impact, I have to say, those were uplifting words for me. Thank you! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Thanks to Our Christmas Volunteers


It is well worth the effort to take a few minutes out of our busy days to stop and be grateful for all the help God has sent our way. LBC is graced with many wonderful volunteers. This year, during the Advent season, we had volunteers who acted out dramatic monologues or dialogues in our Voices of Advent performances each week. Additionally, we need to thank all our volunteers who made our Children's Pageant, acting out the story of Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus in Bethlehem possible. There were talented adults who costumed the children, helped direct them to their locations, listen to the narration, narrate the story dramatically using an "I don't believe it" and "Believe" call and response with the kids and the adults in the congregation (who at one point played the role of the Heavenly Host but were soon demoted to a flock of sheep). It was a wonderful experience, with one parent saying afterwards that she just couldn't stop smiling throughout the whole pageant.



Volunteers transformed our sanctuary for our Christmas Candlelight Service, organized all the volunteers who participated in the service in a number of ways, used their talents during the nine readings in the lessons and carols. Three musicians added to the evening's beauty. We thank all who attended and raised their voices in hymns of praise. We had a strong turnout. We also thank those dedicated volunteers who organized the feast that was provided after the Candlelight Service (and well received).

It is amazing and humbling to see how many hands are needed to make a single event in the church come to fruition. We thank God for bringing this talented, willing congregation together and for inspiring us to work so well together to make these wonderful services happen.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Be Thankful



Based on Colossians 3:12-17, this sermon explores the new ways of interacting with others Paul recommends. Paul calls for us all to strip away the vices Paul calls our "old clothes," replacing them with the "new clothes," the virtues, of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, and love. It explores why these virtues represent a far more powerful way of interacting with others than we imagine. All of these virtues are bound together and supported by one other ... one not mentioned here.