Cynthia Lapp

Nourishing Questions: What is Living Water?

March 12, 2023
John 4:4-42

We are claiming the questions in this lenten season: Nourishing Questions. Here are some of the questions in this story from John 4: “How is it that you, a Jew, […]

Nourishing Questions and the Reign of God

March 05, 2023
John 3:1-17

Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night, presumably because he has questions, questions about Jesus, questions for Jesus. He comes under cover of darkness which means these questions unnerve Nicodemus, […]


February 05, 2023
Matthew 5: 13-20; Isaiah 58: 1-12

Two weeks ago, on Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday, we read from the prophet Isaiah, “The people walking in darkness are seeing a brilliant light.”  And here we have light again, […]

Anabaptist Light/Anabaptist Slant: World Anabaptist Fellowship Sunday

January 22, 2023
Matthew 4: 12-23; Isaiah 9:1-4

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” Emily Dickinson reminds us. That’s how a good story is told, gradually, with perspective, and context and details that may not be […]

Bathsheba’s Power

December 18, 2022
I Kings 1: 1-31

Today in our study of the women in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, we focus on the woman referred to as “the wife of Uriah.” Her own name is erased for […]

Tamar: Advent 1

November 27, 2022
Genesis 38

Our Advent theme will be a bit different this year at HMC – and across a number of Mennonite churches. Many congregations will be using Joanna Harader and Michelle Burkholder‘s […]

Remembering the Reign

November 20, 2022
Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23: 33-43

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Here at Hyattsville Mennonite it is the Sunday before Thanksgiving – and variously Christ the King Sunday, or Christa the Queen […]

Pharisee Humility

October 23, 2022
Luke 18: 9-14; Psalm 65

I was in Goshen, Indiana this past week and stayed with my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ron. One evening I said to Uncle Ron, “Tell me about Pharisees – without […]

Increase Our Faith

October 02, 2022
Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1: 1-7

Is it a demand? Increase our faith! A whiny complaint? Increase our faith. Maybe a patient mantra. Increase our faith. Increase our faith. Increase our faith. Jesus doesn’t seem all […]

Making Peace

September 11, 2022
Matthew 5: 1-12, 38-42; Psalm 85: 8-10

On this 21st anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the worship committee suggested that it might be a good time to look at the Mennonite or Anabaptist “peace position.” […]