Cynthia Lapp

First, Last & In Between

June 26, 2022
Isaiah 48:12; Isaiah 44:6-8; Mark 10:24-31; Luke 13:22-30
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On Tuesday as we gathered on line for morning prayer, we heard this: from Isaiah 44 – I am the first and I am the last. Do not fear, for I am with you. (Sounds of the Eternal, JP Newell p.75) Morning prayer ended but this phrase stayed with me. And reminded me of the […]

Calling in the Streets and Sitting at the Table

June 12, 2022
John 16:12-15; Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31
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The liturgical calendar tells us today is Trinity Sunday. It is one of those days in the Christian calendar that is not strictly biblical though the one place the trinitarian formula does appear – the language of Father, Son and Holy Ghost all together – is in Matthew 28 as some of the last words […]

Song of All Songs

May 15, 2022
Song of Songs 1:17- 2:6; John 13: 34-35; Rev. 21:1-3
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I recently participated in a four day seminar on the Song of Solomon with 15 other pastors. The first thing that I learned was that this often overlooked book of the bible is more properly called the Song of Songs, or Song of all the Songs or maybe Solomon’s Greatest Song. There are references to […]

On the Road: Hyattsville Mennonite Church 70th Anniversary

April 24, 2022
Luke 24:13-32
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It was the fall of 1951… Nelson Brunk’s wife, Ruth, still remembers how the announcement of the new slate of church officials was delayed that Sunday morning, while Pastor Shenk and another church elder met with Nelson in a small room in the back of the church to try and convince him to reconsider his […]

When I survey…

April 10, 2022
Luke 23:13-27
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The cross – how to get rid of it, how to live with it, how to make peace with it We are entering a complex week. We call it Holy Week. Jesus arrives in Jerusalem after healing and teaching and restoring people to their families, and empowering the disempowered. His itinerant ministry and community organizing […]

Prodigal

March 27, 2022
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32; Psalm 32
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This story is so true, has such resonance, that it keeps being told and retold in song (The Rolling Stones and Ry Cooder,) in art and in movies. Then there is Alison Jack who researched and wrote a book called The Prodigal Son in English and American Literature: Five Hundred Years of Literary Homecomings. There’s […]

Famished and Full

March 06, 2022
Luke 4:1-13; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
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Way back in June of 2021, I participated in the Fast for Freedom that was sponsored by Congregation Action Network and Faith in Action. It was a communal effort with different groups of people from across the country coming to DC to fast over four weeks. We were fasting for citizenship for the 11 million […]

Transfigured

February 27, 2022
Exodus 34: 29-35, Luke 9: 28-36
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Today is the last Sunday before Lent starts. Let’s enjoy the Alleluias from these mountain tops. We just heard the paraphrased story of Moses on the mountain. We sang the abbreviated version of Jesus on the mountain top with the disciples. What do these mountain top stories have to do with those of us who […]

Reorientation

January 30, 2022
Psalm 98
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What a pleasure to be together today, in-person – and on Zoom. We have been anticipating this day for months and weeks and days, the Sunday morning when we could come together for worship, inside. We have had to shift and reorient our expectations and hopes – over and over. Now here we are, back […]

Disorientation

January 23, 2022
Psalm 13
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(sing) How long, O Lord how long? – VT 691 This is the cry of disorientation. If orientation is the seed that takes root and grows, even flourishes like a tree by the water, as Michelle so beautifully illustrated last week, this cry of despair is disorientation. Today is the middle Sunday of this three […]