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

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.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Participating in the "Inside Out" Program

Lansdowne Baptist Church is pleased to announce we will be participating in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Inside Out art program. Working with the Lansdowne Borough Council, we agreed to have a large reproduction of a framed famous painting placed in our yard for everyone to enjoy. Twelve sites around town have been chosen to feature beautifully reproduced works of art, taking the museum's artworks from inside to out.

We have solemnly promised not to tell you which work of art will be displayed on our lawn. You'll just have to wait until Saturday, April 16th, for the grand unveiling. Stop by and see which painting the Museum and Borough felt would best represent our historic, century-plus old church.

The artwork will be on display on the LBC lawn from April 16th to July 15th. Stop on by. After you do, stop on by our sanctuary on Sunday to see the beautiful, artful, painted glass windows (one signed) and worship the eternal living God with us. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Join Us for Palm Sunday

You are invited to join us here at Lansdowne Baptist Church this Palm Sunday, March 20th, to celebrate Jesus' triumphal arrival in Jerusalem at 11:00 am. We hope to see you here ... snow or no snow! All are welcome!


Here's a prayer for a little Palm Sunday uplift (you might want to say this one out loud ... or in a group out loud ... come on, it's fun): 

Sovereign God, brighten our spirits and open our mouths so that we may sing your praises throughout this day of joy. All who know of your healing power shout, Hosanna! All who know of your passion for justice shout, Hosanna! All who know of your patient mercy shout, Hosanna! All who know of your wondrous love shout, Hosanna! Let everything that breathes shout, Hosanna! Let even the stones shout, Hosanna! Blessed be the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Amen! 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sunday Services for January 24, 2016, Cancelled


Given the blizzard conditions of Saturday and Saturday night, January 23rd, all services at Lansdowne Baptist are cancelled for Sunday, January 24th. Please stay safe and warm in this blizzard. We look forward to seeing you and worshiping together again on Sunday, January 31st, in both Sunday School (9:45 a.m.) and church (11:00 a.m.). 

Also, as a reminder, we are asking all members to attend the annual business meeting to be held next Sunday, January 31st at 12:15 p.m., after worship (see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/01/annual-meeting-2016.html for details). 

While worshiping God individually this Sunday instead of corporately, if you feel the need for a sermon this Sunday to help you worship at home, check out the many sermons that are available for you right here.

Your pastor is praying for you. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Old Fashioned Invitations

Over the past few months, the pastor has been experimenting with an old-fashioned form of invitation. He has been leaving small fliers on people's door knobs, inviting them to attend our church service. Pastor Snyder takes one street at a time (or part of it) with about 40 flies printed on a thin but sturdy card stock (3 to an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet), punches a hole in each near the upper left corner and affixes a rubber band there to hand the flier from door knobs (one does not leave such invitations in mail boxes as the US Postal Service is not in favor of that). He also does not leave these fliers at any home where "No Soliciting" signs are present. We at LBC respect the feelings of others. While we want to invite as many people as possible to worship with us each Sunday and experience the love of God we feel when we worship together, we don't want to intrude where we are decidedly unwelcome.

For our Christmas Candlelight Service, one side of the flier was dedicated to that service, while the other contained the general invitation. While far from conclusive as yet, our pastor says he likes the process and enjoys getting to know our neighborhoods and neighbors around the church better. Over 300 fliers have been handed out in our immediate vicinity, with many more to come.

If you live anywhere near Lansdowne Baptist Church, have yet to receive an invitation, but are reading this post, consider yourself invited to join us any Sunday morning. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Missionary Guest Speakers Sunday December 6

Lansdowne Baptist Church is pleased to host ABC USA missionaries to Thailand, Chuck K. and Ruth Gilson Fox, in church during 11 a.m. worship on Sunday, December 6th. They will speak of their good works overseas that day. Everyone is invited to come and hear what they have to say about their vital work.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall Back November 1st

To see you at Lansdowne Baptist Church on time Sunday, November 1st, remember to set your clocks back one hour. This All Saint's Day we'll be focused on love, and you wouldn't want to miss that. We'll also be sharing communion together. Come worship and break bread with us.

Enjoy the extra hour's sleep. Be blessed.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wisdom Calling



Come and explore God's wisdom with Lady Wisdom herself, from Proverbs 1:20-33. This is a challenging message.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Returning to Our Fall Schedule

Please mark your calendars, paper or digital--Lansdowne Baptist Church turns to our fall worship schedule on Sunday, September 13th. Sunday school beginning at 9:45 a.m. and the worship celebration commencing at 11 a.m. After church, we have a time of fellowship and refreshments starting at noon or a little after if the Holy Spirit keeps us in service just a little longer. 

We invite all our neighbors to stop by and join us. We will welcome you warmly and enjoy sharing our joy in Jesus Christ with you. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Abba Father

Based on Romans 8:12-17, this sermon explores how God's abundant love for us frees us from the shackles of societal expectation and intimidation. We are free to be the people God intended, a joyful people. Watch and see.