Showing posts with label prayers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prayers. Show all posts

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Walking Prayer Saturday, August 20, 2016, You're Invited

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church are invited to join the pastor and his wife in experiencing a walking prayer at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is located at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We will meet the pastor at the main entrance to the Refuge, at 86th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia provides access to the Visitor Center, foot trails, fishing, and wildlife observation platform, at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting.

There are three parking lots at that entrance. Some may choose to carpool together from the church. The walk will last for one hour.

The walking prayer is a discipline designed to get participants in touch with God through the natural world. As Job 12:7-10 tells us: “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." It is a way to reconnect with God, feed our spirits, let the troubles of the day drop away, and soften our hearts as we take time to revel in God's handiwork. This location is perfect for the purpose as being still rewards the observer with an increasingly large array of wildlife as one watches.

The paths through the park are mostly level. Some are paved and others dirt, but none are truly difficult for hiking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and observe the world around us.


Join us and encounter God in the natural world.

To see how the walking prayer went, see the follow up post at: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/09/walking-prayer-held-at-john-heinz.html

Friday, July 8, 2016

Praying for All the Victims: Call From the American Baptist Home Mission Societies

We the pastor and congregation of Lansdowne Baptist Church stand by and pray for all who are grieving following the horrible events of the past few days. We are brokenhearted. It is hard to speak out in the face of such violence, such hate, but we must. We Christians do not believe that hate gets to win. We have faith in what we have been taught by Jesus and we work for the triumph of love over hatred, bringing peace and joy in its wake. We work for justice for all people. 

In response to all the death and violence in the past few days, from the deaths of Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, St. Paul, Minnesota, in police hands to the deaths of five police officers and the wounding of seven others protecting peaceful protesters in Dallas, Texas, at the hand of a sniper or snipers, we are called to prayer. Prayer involves active communication with God, the transformation of ourselves as a result, and then taking direct, positive, peaceful actions following those prayers. We pray for an end to all the mindless hatred swirling through the country, poisoning people's minds, hearts, and spirits. We pray for an end to racism, fear, and the us vs. them mindset that caused so much death and destruction. 

As the Bible says in 1 Peter 3:9: "Do not do evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called--that you might inherit a blessing." We need to temper our responses, remembering what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." 

Finally, let us follow the example Jesus called us to follow in the parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37

25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” 29But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” 

American Baptist Home Mission Societies calls for a season of prayer. We at LBC support this wholeheartedly. See their post: http://www.abc-usa.org/2016/07/08/a-call-to-prayer/?utm_content=buffera01ba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Instruments Of Your Peace



Given the news of late, here is an extremely appropriate hymn. Since hymns are prayers is song, it is also an appropriate prayer for all of us, every day.

Appropriate to this prayer in song are the following verses from Romans 12: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/06/guide-to-living-with-others-in.html

A hymn for the troubled soul is also appropriate here: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/03/be-still-my-soul.html

Friday, June 17, 2016

Two Powerful Statements From American Baptist Home Mission Societies After Orlando

The American Baptist Home Mission  Society describes itself as follows
As part of American Baptist Churches USA, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) answers God’s call to live out Christian faith through ministry that strengthens congregations and connects with communities beyond church walls—ministry that encourages and nurtures disciple-makers who shout the Good News of Jesus Christ and impact our world with God’s love.
In the wake of the terrible shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, a previously safe haven for members of the LGBT community, ABHMS released the following: http://abhms.org/about-us/news/american-baptist-home-mission-societies-stands-lgbtq-community-wake-orlando-massacre/

Further, the ABHMS makes this statement about gun violence: http://abhms.org/about-us/news/abhms-urges-american-baptists-advocate-gun-violence-prevention/

Please read and prayerfully consider.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Standing with Those Who Suffer & Mourn in Orlando

The congregation of Lansdowne Baptist Church stands with and prays for the victims, their families, and friends in the LGBT community in the wake of Sunday's horrid attack in Orlando, Florida. May God provide each and every one of you with strength, comfort, and healing. Human as we are, we have trouble speaking clearly through our grief, our outrage at this terrible injustice and atrocity, and our sorrow. So, in troubled times, Jesus' Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11) offer a powerful message for us when we cannot speak clearly ourselves:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Let me leave you with a hymn for anguished spirits: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/03/be-still-my-soul.html

Please read the statements from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies as well: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/06/two-powerful-statements-from-american.html

Friday, June 10, 2016

Give Judging Others a Rest

In this highly charged political season, let's follow some sound advice from Jesus and from theologian Henri Nouwen. Henri Nouwen writes in his devotional, Bread for the Journey,
Essential to the work of reconciliation is a nonjudgmental presence. We are not sent to the world to judge, to condemn, to evaluate, to classify, or to label. When we walk around as if we have to make up our minds about people and tell them what is wrong with them and how they should change, we only create more division. Jesus says it clearly, "Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge; ... do not condemn; ... forgive." (Luke 6:36-37)
If you have to evaluate, classify, and label, I hope you are in one of the sciences. Otherwise, along with judging and condemning, don't do it, please! Be friendly, be open, be hopeful, and offer a helping hand instead. And forgive others who have not yet learned this lesson and walk a darker, more difficult path. Pray that they will find this better way to live, and soon!  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Blessing for All of Us for Any Day

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus. Amen.

From A Manual of Worship. John E. Skoglund & Nancy E. Hall

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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, November 14, 2015

Standing with the People of Paris

We at Lansdowne Baptist Church stand with the people of Paris as they grieve their losses. We pray for all who are suffering and afraid in the wake of terrorism worldwide. You are not alone.

We also grieve and pray over what has been done in Beirut, Lebanon.

Additionally, we pray for the safety of all the refugees fleeing the terror in Syria, for whom these horrid acts of terrorism make life so much more difficult far from home.

For the response of our denomination, American Baptist Churches, USA, please see: http://www.abc-usa.org/2015/11/14/prayers-requested-following-attacks/ 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

God's Blessing for You

God bless you and keep you.
God's face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
God look upon you with love and give you peace. 

Numbers 6:24-26

May this blessing warm your heart, put a spring in your step, and give you joy.

From your friends at Lansdowne Baptist Church

Monday, June 22, 2015

Why Are You Afraid



Based on Jesus calming the wind and waves at night for the disciples as found in Mark 4:35-41. Asks each of us to decide how we will live in this life: in faith or in fear. Included is a discussion of the events at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, in light of this passage. 

We stand with our brothers and sisters who mourn but bravely forgive and continue to keep their church open after this horrendous attack. The hate, the racism, the violence need to end. We must all play our part.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Prayerfully Standing with Our Mourning Brothers and Sisters in South Carolina

"You, O God, have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God." Psalm 90:1-2

We stand in sympathy and pray for our mourning brothers and sisters in Charleston, South Carolina, who lost loved ones and peace during the murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church at the hands of a gunman during their evening prayer meeting. We have no words for this horror and depend on the Holy Spirit to convey our grief. We call on God to bring comfort and strength to all who lost loved ones and must go on.

May this young gunman, twisted and maddened by hate, be caught before he can kill again.

May Isaiah 41:10 give all who mourn strength: "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious hands."

May we take hope for the fallen from John 11:25-26: "Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."

Finally, may we look to the promise of Revelation 21:3-4, "The home of God is among mortals. God will dwell with them and they will be God's peoples. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."

Again, we of Lansdowne Baptist Church stand with you in this terrible time and pray for you.

For prayers from the Minister's Council of American Baptist Churches, USA, see: http://www.abc-usa.org/2015/06/18/the-ministers-council-abcusa-offers-hopes-and-prayers-following-emanuel-ame-church-killings/

For a sermon dealing with these awful events and challenging us to decide what kind of world we will live in together, see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2015/06/why-are-you-afraid.html

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prayers and Thanks Following the Fire of June 11, 2015

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

On Thursday, June 11, rescuers from the local fire departments of several towns, police officers, and members of the Red Cross converged on the fire at the Stratford Court apartments in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, around 7 p.m. When the pastors of the Baptist and Presbyterian churches arrived on the scene, everything was under control. The fire was out, the area was secured, and the residents of the apartment complex had been removed to shelter for the night. It was all handled in a professional manner and everyone this pastor encountered was courteous and professional. 

In the days that followed, the Red Cross made sure all of the residents of the apartment complex, working in cooperation with the apartment complex managers, had a safe place to shelter in the weeks to come while the apartment complex is being restored. 

God bless the dedicated men and women who worked so hard to contain the fire and provide shelter for the residents. Thanks to all of them for their air of calm professionalism, which helped keep everyone safe. 

We pray for all those displaced residents. May you all have peace in the midst of what was a dangerous situation. May God restore calm to your lives. We stand by you in this difficult time. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Friends Praying and Acting



For Baptist Heritage Sunday, this sermon explores the many ways Baptists have served in the world, and how we go about our business there. We Baptists have long grappled with major social issues, seeking God’s will through the Holy Spirit’s guidance on decisions like the end of slavery in the United States, the integration of freed slaves into society, women’s rights, and civil rights. Today we continue to seek God’s guidance in the challenges facing us. Like Barsabbas and Matthias, the vast majority of us do our work quietly behind the scenes.

Based on Acts 1:15-17, 21-26.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Remembering Our Veterans and Their Families


Lansdowne Baptist Church is privileged to have a number of veterans and their families worship with us. We remember the sacrifices they have made in their service and in support of their service men and women. We pray for all those who have served and their families, for those who have gone on before us, and those who are with us today. We recognize their struggles and pray for their resolution. 

We offer up Psalm 33:20-22 in their honor: 

Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and shield. 
Our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, 
even as we hope in you. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Prayer Request from Missionaries Serving Southern Baja, Mexico

Dear Friends

Please pray for our Mexican brothers and sisters who are La Paz, Todos Santos, San Jose, and Los Cabos.as Hurricane Odilemoves in. Heavy rain and wind will begin later today as the Cat. IV hurricane bears down on the southern state of Baja. 

The ports in Cabo and La Paz are now closed and the Cabo airport is beginning to cancel flights into Cabo. Although La Paz is well protected from storm swell there is a prediction that we can expect around 5 inches of rain to fall causing flooding in the streets. 

You might be interested in watching the weather in both Cabo and La Paz on the webcams:http://www.webcamsdemexico.com/webcam-la-paz.html and following the radar updates on www.eebmike.com andwww.bajainsider.com for road conditions.
As we hear any updates, we'll let you know.
David and Joyce

David & Joyce Reed
International Ministries Missionaries
Serving in Southern Baja, Mexico since 1999
American Baptist Churches, USA

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Prayer Requests for Peace in Gaza & the American Baptist Churches USA Position on Peace

Our denomination, American Baptist Churches USA, reports that Baptist Pastor Hanna Massad of Gaza is calling for prayers for peace from peoples around the world. This pastor states that the situation is worse now than at any time in the past. Many people in Gaza are running out of food and the pastor is trying to pull together relief efforts. Here are the prayer requests: 


1) Pray for the war to end! 
2) Pray for the family of Mrs Jalila Ayyad who has been killed. 
3) Pray for the family who have moved into my house in Gaza. 
4) Pray for the Churches who have opened their doors to Muslims in need of refuge. 
5) Pray for those who have been traumatized by the incessant bombing. 
6) Pray that Christians will be strong in faith and seen as beacons of hope and love. 
7) Pray for the organisation of the Food Relief Program with the Bible Society. 
8) Pray that, in the midst of war, the believers will know the peace that only Christ can bring.  

For the rest of Pastor Hanna Massad's message, please see: http://www.abc-usa.org/2014/07/29/prayer-requests-for-peace/

To explore the American Baptist Churches USA denominational position on peace, I recommend this document "American Baptist Policy Statement on Peace," first written in 1985 and last revised in 2007. It may be read in its entirety at: http://www.abc-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/peace.pdf  If your time is short, see pages 7 and 8 for a final summation. 

For more on American Baptist Churches USA, see the brief video in the following post: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/04/american-baptist-churches-usa-serving.html