Cynthia Lapp

Vision Amidst Violence

October 06, 2019
Psalm 37:1-9; II Timothy 1: 3-7; Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
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“Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.” This description from Habakkuk is all too real. My head and heart have been full the past ten days, full of the wrongdoing and violence of the police shooting less than a mile from […]

Global Warning

September 29, 2019
I Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31
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These two texts, taken together, give us more than enough to grapple with this morning. In the global context, we are considered wealthy, even quite wealthy. What might we hear in these ancient texts? The epistle called I Timothy is purported to be written by Paul to Timothy, though many scholars believe it was written […]

Lost Or Found

September 15, 2019
Luke 15:1-10
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Jesus is that guy, the guy that is always telling stories. At least that is how Luke writes his version of Jesus’ life. You probably should read it for yourself to make sure I have it right. Well, ok, he is not always telling stories. Sometimes Jesus steps away to be by himself but what […]

Breathing & Groaning

September 08, 2019
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Romans 8:19-23
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Yesterday the church council and pastorate met to look to the upcoming church year. As we thought about what is going well among us here at Hyattsville Mennonite, we also noted we are not immune to the stressors in society. Like so many folks, we carry worry and anxiety and it is hard.  So I […]

Repairing The Breach

August 25, 2019
Isaiah 58:9-14; Luke 13:10-17
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This story of the woman coming to synagogue on the Sabbath feels strangely familiar because it happens sometimes; people (that we do not know) come to the church on a Sunday and need help. By the time they find the pastor it is only minutes until the service starts so I invite them to worship […]

Finding Treasure

August 11, 2019
Luke 12:32-34; Isaiah 1:1,10-17
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It is a joy to be back among you after the gift of a three month sabbatical. My first Sunday back, on July 28, I was told I looked relaxed and happy. That’s an unfamiliar comment to receive! I want to hold onto that happy, relaxed feeling, we’ll see how long it lasts. There were […]

The Last Word

April 21, 2019
Luke 24:1-12; Isaiah 65:17-23
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So much wrong and so much injustice, as you shouldered a wooden cross. Now like you, my best dreams are shattered; all I know is the weight of loss. My beloved, my beloved, tell me where can you be found? You drank deep of the cup of suffering and your death is our holy ground. […]

Lost and Found at Home

March 31, 2019
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
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Jesus told this parable a long time ago. It still gets told over and over in different ways, in literature, in song, in real life. There is something so compelling about this story that even people who aren’t Jesus followers know it. As familiar as this parable is, I have never had an opportunity to […]

Measuring The Fig Tree

March 24, 2019
Luke 13:1-9; Isaiah 55:1-13
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HWB 485 (sing) Teach me the measure of my days,             thou Maker of my frame.             I would survey life’s narrow space             and learn how frail I am. These ominous comments in Luke from Jesus and the subsequent parable have me scratching my head every time I hear them. Maybe it is the […]

(trans)Figuration

March 03, 2019
Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:28-36
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Today is a mountain top day for our congregation with the ordination of our beloved pastor, Michelle.  And how amazing that we get this biblical mountain top story to accompany us. This is the second time that I get to preach about this transfiguration story on a big day for Michelle. Six years ago, on […]