Showing posts with label worship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label worship. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tenebrae Service Maundy Thursday


On March 29, 2018, Lansdowne Baptist Church will celebrate our Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service of hymns, Scripture readings, and candle light. The service covers Jesus' passion, the events leading up to and including his crucifixion. The service begins at 7 p.m. with a simple soup and bread meal preceding it at 6:30 p.m. Eight candles are lit, eight Scriptures are read. With the reading of each passage, a candle is extinguished, until with the final reading is done and the room submerged into darkness.

It is a moving time of reflection, taking us up to the moment of Jesus' death and leaving us there until Easter morning, when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and all that means.

Please join us. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lifted Up and Drawing



Sermon based on John 12:20-33, in which Greeks and "the world" come to visit Jesus. His success, the attention his mission is drawing, is see as dangerous to some in power, a threat that will bring down death and destruction for many from Rome. They propose a solution, "lifting Jesus up." Little do they know what this will accomplish. Listen, watch, and see for yourself. Have a blessed day.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spring Ahead Saturday Night, March 10, 2018

Don't be caught arriving late to church this Sunday, March 11, 2018! Remember to set your clock ahead Saturday night at bedtime (okay, if you want to be precise, stay up until 2 a.m. Sunday morning and move the clock ahead an hour). We look forward to seeing you in worship after we've all sprung ahead.

Peace!  

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.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

You Are Invited

Following Friday's violent storm, with its snow and high wind, Lansdowne Baptist Church is intact (praise God). We have water, power, and light. We are warm and welcoming in our faith. All we need this morning is you. Come and share our joy in the good news of Jesus Christ. We'll hold a spot in the pews for you!

This open invitation applies each and every Sunday and every special service we mention.

We are praying for everyone up and down the eastern and western seaboards, who were not as luck as we were on Friday. We pray for you, stand by you, and pray for all those good workers who are sorting out the mess and making your communities whole. We extend that prayer to our brothers and sister in Puerto Rico, who continue to struggle as well. You are not forgotten.

God bless you all.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Join Us This First Sunday of Lent 2018


The weather outside may have been frightful last night, but our worship service will be delightful. Join us for this first Sunday of Lent, 2018, and see for yourself. Drive carefully. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols 2017

On Christmas Eve this year, we at LBC have a special treat for everyone who wishes to celebrate Jesus' birth. At 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 24, we will offer a variation on a service of lessons and carols. We will be singing, reading much-loved scripture passages and responses to those scriptures, hearing a brief meditation from the pastor, and closing with a beautiful, candlelit singing of Silent Night. During this simple service, all who attend will be offered the opportunity to slow down, pause, and remember why we celebrate Christmas. It will be a time of worshipful release from the tension, the expectations, and the anxieties that so often accompany this Christmas season. Together we will experience the joy of Jesus' birth once again. All are invited to join us that evening. 

Merry Christmas to you all!  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sign of the Time

It's fall again from a church worship schedule perspective. It is time to return, on Sunday September 10, 2017, to return to fall hours, with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11:00 a.m.

Come, learn, and worship with us. Consider yourself invited and welcome.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Walking Prayer to be Resumed This Fall, 2017

The pastor will be holding two walking prayers after the church service on Sundays September 17 and October 22 at 2 in the afternoon. This spiritual discipline will take place at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge (roughly 15 minutes away from the church in Tinicum, Pennsylvania: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153, 215-365-3118 office). Anyone interested can meet in the church parking lot at 1:30 p.m. to car pool over to the refuge together. 

The walking prayer is an old spiritual discipline in which you slowly walk through the natural landscape and open all of your senses to creation. It is a way to move closer to God, walking with God and reveling in God's handiwork. This is one of my favorite disciplines. I have to warn you though. Practice the walking prayer a few times and you may find yourself much more observant of nature, of the play of light and form across the landscape, than you have ever been before. That is what has happened to me, and I am grateful to God for that. Join us.

We hope on our walk to catch various migratory birds in their travels through our area, which will be an added blessing to the walks. 

Alternate days will be chosen if the weather will not cooperate on the planned dates. The paths through the park are largely level and the main paths have a number of benches regularly located for those who need to pause and rest.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

LBC Summer Hours Shift on Father's Day 2017

Here's a quick reminder that on Sunday, June 18th, Father's Day, we will begin worship at 10 a.m. Sunday school will be taking the summer off. I look forward to seeing everyone at 10 a.m. on Father's Day to worship together. And happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.

~Pastor Jeff Snyder

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017


Join us Thursday evening, April 13, 2017, for our Maundy Thursday evening service, beginning with a simple meal at 6:30, followed by communion and a Tenebrae service of scripture readings and hymns, taking us from Jesus' anointing by Mary to his crucifixion. Walk the journey with us and with Jesus, witnessing all he went through for love of us, in preparation for Easter morning. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday and Easter 2017


You are invited to worship with us as we celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem this Palm Sunday and again on Easter Sunday when we rejoice over our risen Savior and all he has done for us. Come for these joyous celebrations including familiar, stirring hymns, Scripture readings and inspiring sermons applicable to our daily lives. Worship begins at 11 a.m. in our sanctuary. We hope to see you there.

May the peace and blessing of God be upon you during this Holy Week and always.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear Speaking at LBC Sunday, May 7, 2017

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Reverend Doctor Harold Dean “Doc” Trulear will provide the sermon for the 11 a.m. service at LBC. He is an American Baptist minister who is the Director at the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Reentry Initiative. Rev. Dr. Trulear will introduce us to how communities of faith may become Stations of Hope, assist families of individuals affected by the criminal justice system, and the individuals themselves. Please come and invite anyone you know whose family has a member incarcerated or returning from incarceration.

Rev. Dr. Trulear explains how faith communities may be trained to provide family support and reintegration and how faith communities may walk with the returning citizens (connect returning citizens to resources that will help set attainable goals), helping them connect with their faith (provide spiritual support), open their hearts to these returning citizens (foster positive relationships), embrace them (extend open and affirming fellowship), provide understanding (collaboration with family and friends to rebuild relationships), and advocate for political change on a local, state, and federal level.

Please join us for this special guest speaker and invite anyone you know whose family has been affected and could benefit from the information provided.


For more on Healing Communities, see: http://www.healingcommunitiesusa.com/

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.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

LBC Candlelight Service 2016

On Sunday, December 18th, 2016, at 7:00 in the evening, you are invited to Lansdowne Baptist Church's annual Christmas Candlelight Service.  This inspiring service includes a service of lessons and carols. The lessons span both the Old and New Testaments. Follow the story of God's love for humanity, a love so strong that nothing we could do would destroy it, from the very beginning through the joyous birth of Jesus, the Messiah, who would show us the way home to God and declare in word and deed how much we are all beloved children of God. Following the lessons and carols is a truly unique message during which the light of Christ is shared throughout the church sanctuary, taking a single point of light at the pulpit out throughout the gathered people, sharing Jesus' love and message until the sanctuary, once dark, is lit by candles. By that soft glow, Silent Night is sung to end a beautiful, inspiring, and memorable evening sure to give you the real Christmas spirit. Come and join in this profound moment of worship and peace. Come and share our joy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Outdoor Service Held, September 18, 2016

Kicking off our new fall season and our return to an 11:00 a.m. worship hour, we decided to do things differently. Despite the overcast skies and a small chance of rain (there was some around 2;30 p.m. but we were long gone by then) we forged ahead, setting up 40 chairs on the lawn, a portable pulpit, and electric piano our musician borrowed from a friend (and for which we were thankful and impressed), and a table with fruit in the back. Why the fruit, you ask? Simple: worship is sweet. That fruit was a pleasant reminder of Psalm 119:103 "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

Worshiping outdoors allowed us a change of scene we don't often have and, more to the point, offered us a chance to share our faith with our community in word and song. One congregant told me that quite a few people paused in their walks to look and listen. A few drivers slowed or came to a stop briefly on our side street. Hopefully some of these neighbors will feel encouraged to come worship with us soon.

While it can be very "exciting" worshiping out in the natural world where weather an so quickly change, it was a refreshing start to the new season. We hope you will join us soon. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sunday, September 18, Worship Outdoors at 11 a.m.

This Sunday, September 18, 2016, the worship hour returns to 11 a.m. To kick off the fall season, we will be worshiping outside on our grounds by the education wing, near the intersection of Lansdowne and East LaCrosse avenues. Our pianist, Doug Yadevia, has come up with a full, portable, electric piano to accompany our hymn singing. The hymns themselves will be familiar and inviting ones. The sermon will speak to us about prayer that God finds "right and acceptable." The sermon is based on 1 Timothy 2:1-7.

Come out and join us in our joy, worshiping our wonderful God.* Bring a friend along to enjoy this outdoor worship experience. All are welcome!

*Our Sunday school classes for children and adults will begin the following week, September 25, at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us for Sunday school as well!

To find out how our outdoor service went, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/09/outdoor-service-held-september-18-2016.html

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sunday September 18 Return to 11 a.m. Worship

Check your schedules and make a note. Lansdowne Baptist Church will be slightly delaying our return to our 11 a.m. worship schedule as we leave the summer behind. The change will not occur Labor Day weekend (as you see listed in the sidebar for this page). Instead, for several reasons, we will return to our 11 a.m. worship schedule on Sunday, September 18th. On that grand Sunday morning, our Sunday school classes will kick off their new fall season as well. We look forward to seeing you all there. Bring you family and friends.

As long as the weather cooperates, we will hold that first Sunday service returning to our 11 o'clock hour out on the lawn. It will be a special service for us. If you find yourself in the neighborhood and see us worshiping there on the LBC lawn, feel free to join us. You will be most welcome! 

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wisdom Concerning Arguing

The book of Proverbs in the Bible is the accumulated wisdom of the elders and experiences of life over generations that is gathered together to make the lives of those who read and abide by them easier. Such is the case when the topic is argument, which is so common in our society today. 

I'm sure we've all gotten into heated debates with an individual (or two or a dozen), knowing full well we had little to no chance of changing minds during the debate. Everybody in that sorry situation is left extremely frustrated at the whole pointless exercise. 

Before entering into another argumentative exercise in futility, remember the words of wisdom from Proverbs 20:3:

"It is honorable to refrain from strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel." 

If we're wise, that single verse will save us many hours and much aggravation.


Have a blessed day ... and drop by on Sunday for an hour's worship and more inspiration. We'll keep a pew open for you.