Cynthia Lapp

Choose The Sermon: On Forgiveness

September 26, 2021
Mark 2:1-12; Matthew 18:23-34

You all submitted some great ideas for sermons. The suggestion for today is forgiveness which feels all too appropriate these days because I feel like I am carrying a lot of anger – especially about the ways that immigration reform is oh so close and the politicians will not work together for the well-being of […]

Choose the Sermon: Why Do We Work So Much?

September 12, 2021
Mark 8:31-38; Proverbs 1:20-33

It seems really meta to have worked so much on a sermon about why we work so much. So I tried not to work “so much” on this sermon. Life in the DMV is all about work. Perhaps those of you who come from away find this to be case where you are as well. […]

Choose the Sermon: On Sorrow

August 15, 2021
II Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130

(On sorrow — how to hold it lovingly and gracefully for yourself, others, your community and world)   Earlier in the summer we asked you to “Choose the sermon,” to suggest something you want the preachers to tackle. One of you contributed this: “On sorrow — how to hold it lovingly and gracefully for yourself, […]

The Embrace

July 11, 2021
Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 85:8-13

Today is July 11, 7/11. 7-Eleven has a tradition of giving everyone free Slurpees to celebrate the day they call their birthday. I don’t often go to 7-Eleven – even for free Slurpees. But last Sunday night, Eric got stung by a bee and looked like he needed some Benadryl. So I ventured to one […]

Letters To And From Prison

June 13, 2021
Ezekiel 17:22-24; Mark 4:30-34

While our series is called “Letters from Prison”, I have to say that getting letters to prison is not always simple. The first letter I sent to Jason, who is in a minimum security facility in Illinois, was returned. When I inquired with Jason’s wife about this, she said, “Oh shoot. No stickers allowed, not […]

Letters From Prison

June 06, 2021
Philippians 1:12-26; Psalm 146

One of the unexpected gifts of the pandemic has been a “full house” for adult education this past year. We just concluded four months of adult ed sessions about the legal system, policing and prison in this country. It was moving, powerful, even life-changing, to learn from people in the criminal legal system, to try […]

Vine And Branches

May 02, 2021
John 15:1-8; I John 4: 7-8, 11-21

Last Sunday was our periodic break from screens and worship on Zoom. I hope you were able to get outside to enjoy creation or family, or whatever helps you feel connected to the Holy. At our house it was a Sunday of biblical proportions. We spent hours clipping and chopping and sawing at two giant […]

Bewildered Hope, Defiant Love

April 06, 2021
Mark 16:1-8

Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed. Here we are, another Easter, celebrating risen life on Zoom. Hopes are rising. The dangers of disease and death are starting to feel less immediate, the vaccine is in many arms –  and I still protect my heart so it won’t be broken if things get more extreme […]

Seeds In The Earth

March 21, 2021
John 12:20-33

Here we are, the 5th Sunday of Lent, our theme ever deepening as we approach Easter – deep calls to deep.  Deep water, deep forest, deep sky, deep wilderness, deep earth. Last week we heard the story of how one of the religious leaders, Nicodemus, came to see Jesus in the night, under deep darkness, […]

Vast and Deep

March 07, 2021
Psalm 19; John 2:13-22

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing in your sight, YHWH, my rock and my redeemer! One year ago today we were celebrating the baptism of Max. It was a joyful, beautiful day with a big fellowship meal afterward; our hearts and plates were overflowing. The day before […]