Cynthia Lapp

Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength, Neighbor and Self

October 29, 2017
I Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
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Last week, at the congregational retreat, we did activities that invited us to use our bodies, minds and spirits. We will soon get a few pictures on the website and FaceBook so you can see what it looks like when groups of people try to make images of God with their whole selves. We also […]

The Big Ten

October 08, 2017
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
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The Ten Commandments – everybody knows them. They are part of popular culture as much as religious culture. We tell jokes about The Ten Commandments – “What did God tell Moses when Moses complained?  Take two tablets and call me in the morning.” The Daily Bonnet, a Mennonite satire website, posted this headline yesterday – […]

Enough Already

September 24, 2017
Matthew 20:1-16; Exodus 16:2-15
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It’s that time of year, pledge season, when it is suggested that we hear what some call, the “sermon on the amount.” Conveniently, the lectionary gives us these two texts about people wondering if there is enough, for them, for their families, for the community. We might wonder the same? Will there be enough this […]

Bound to be Broken, Bound to Love

September 10, 2017
Romans 13:8-12; Matthew 18:15-20
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Here we are, two or three gathered in the Name (the name so holy that in the Jewish tradition it dare not be spoken.) We gather in the Name – of hospitality and love and peace. The Holy One promises to be here among us. Thank goodness. Thank God because there are too many places […]

Look For The Helpers

August 27, 2017
Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8
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In an attempt to be more gentle and hopeful in the weeks after my experience in Charlottesville, I am re-watching the BBC show Call the Midwife. The series tells the stories of nurse midwives working in the east end of London, after the destruction of World War II, just as the national health system is […]

Sin, Justice, and Grace

July 02, 2017
Romans 6:12-23
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Though it has been my nickname for many years, it surprises me to be talking about sin today – “the wages of sin is death.” It is a trope among a certain segment of Christians that “no one preaches on sin these days.” In fact, this very thing popped up on my Facebook page this […]

Harvest, Healing, Hospitality

June 18, 2017
Matthew 9:35-10:15
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Sometimes when I read the bible, I am inspired, moved, touched. And other times, I wonder why we are so committed to reading and re-reading this ancient text. We study the text in small pieces, disconnected from its literary context, taken out of its cultural context, and then we try to make sense of it […]

In The Clouds

May 28, 2017
Acts 1: 3-14; I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
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Today is a welcome change because it has been a week of clouds – and rain; it feels like we have hardly seen the blue sky at all. Which is, I suppose, liturgically appropriate since this past Thursday was Ascension Day, when the church around the world remembers that 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus […]

The Gate To Abundant Life

May 14, 2017
John 10:1-10; Psalm 23
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The other week the Capital Area Anabaptists met for our monthly lunch at the MCC Washington office. At each gathering we read a scripture passage together using lectio divina. One person reads the passage aloud, while we all listen for a word or phrase that resonates; then another person reads it again as we listen […]

Living Into Hope

April 16, 2017
Matthew 28:1-10; Psalm 23
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Christ is risen! (Christ is risen indeed!) It is one of those times when we have to practice saying this until we begin to believe it again. On Maundy Thursday, a day when in the Christian tradition we show humility by washing each other’s feet, our country dropped a 21,000 pound bomb, the Mother Of […]