Cynthia Lapp

Call and Response

January 14, 2018
I Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); John 1:43-51; Psalm 139

Call. It is a word that I used to dread, especially in seminary. It was expected that we understood our call, that we could explain our call. I wasn’t even sure what “call” meant. All I knew was that I was interested in feminist theology, and worship should be more creative and participatory. I hoped, […]

The Vulnerability of the Magnificat

December 24, 2017
Luke 1:26-38, 46-55

I love Mary’s Magnificat. Bach’s setting is a particular favorite, though one might ponder how the short song of a “humble servant of God” ends up as a glorious half hour piece with orchestra, choir and soloists. We might also ponder how this song of a teenage girl gets set to music by so many […]

Sheep in the Royal Reign: Christ the King/Christa the Queen/Christus the Royal Sunday

November 26, 2017
Matthew 25:21-36

In this season of gratitude, I am grateful for another chance to listen to and wrestle with and learn from and a familiar text from the gospel of Matthew. I am grateful that this ancient text survived and we can still learn from Jesus’ stories. This parable about the kindom of God comes at the […]

Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength, Neighbor and Self

October 29, 2017
I Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]