Cynthia Lapp

Waiting For Justice

November 08, 2020
Matthew 25:1-13; Psalm 70; Amos 5:18-24
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There is a certain irony that in a week that involved so much anxious waiting we have this parable about waiting, waiting late into the night, waiting so long you run out of energy. It seems strange to talk about waiting today, since the wait for election results is ostensibly over. The joy in my […]

Give To Caesar?

October 18, 2020
Matthew 22:15-22; Isaiah 45:1-7
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These are days of bluster: autumn winds and politicians. These are times of trying to trap public figures in hypocrisy, and public figures being unashamed of hypocrisy.  We hope the endless speeches and talking points will end after Nov 3 but living where we do, we know it never really ends, the volume just goes […]

Granular Power

October 04, 2020
Psalm 19; Matthew 21:33-44
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Today on World Communion Sunday, people across the globe break bread together. Around the world Christians eat the bread of Christ together. This small sign of unity seems, to me, like an even smaller gesture than usual. In the face of a global pandemic, rising white supremacy and nationalism, climate change, increasing poverty, name the […]

Just Love

September 13, 2020
Matthew 18:15-22; Romans 13:8-10
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In these days when facts are untrue and laws are unjust, these words from Romans 13 are exactly what we need. They are a reminder of how basic our faith is: just love. Hold onto love, share love, with each other, with yourself, with God. Love is the fulfillment of the law. If only everyone […]

Holy Ground

August 30, 2020
Exodus 3:1-15
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Moses does not have an easy life, at least from the little information we get from the biblical text. Sure, he grows up in the palace but only after being rescued – or we might call it kidnapped, as a child from his enslaved family. He is raised by the enslavers, as one of them. […]

Walking In Storms

August 09, 2020
Matthew 14:22—33; Matthew 8:23-27; Psalm 85:8-13
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We had just finished passing out the bread and fish, we couldn’t believe there was enough. We were counting twelve baskets of leftovers when Jesus said we should get in the boat. We could take his boat, the one he brought for this outing to a place where he could be alone. He didn’t find […]

How Long, O God: Psalms of Lament

June 28, 2020
Psalm 13; Psalm 58
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I love our heady, intellectual congregation, – and I love that there is room for the criers, as they call themselves, the people that admit to getting emotional in church. This series on the Psalms is a great opportunity for all of us to get a little more in touch with the other side of […]

The Holy Trinity

June 07, 2020
Psalm 8; Matthew 28:16-20; II Corinthians 13:11-13; Romans 12:9-16b
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Today is Trinity Sunday which, for the Christ-centered, look-to-the-bible Anabaptist tradition, is kind of tricky. Because the trinity doesn’t really appear in the bible. Okay, it is in the passage from Matthew that we heard, sort of, as a coda. Of course there is the “Father” and creator in the bible. No disputing there is […]

Recognizing The Paraclete

May 24, 2020
John 14:15-21
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This beautiful passage from John feels ethereal and mystical – love and comfort and the Spirit of truth, “the world neither sees her nor recognizes her; but you can recognize her,” “you will know that I am in God, And you are in me and I am in you.” Like the passage from John that […]

Hospitality in the Face of Fear

May 03, 2020
Luke 24:13-35
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It is three Sundays after Easter; we are meant to be reading about Jesus the Good Shepherd. (And you can do that: John 10 and Psalm 23 are always there for you.) But I am circling back to last week’s lectionary text which we skipped over. I can’t seem to leave the resurrection stories behind, […]