Cynthia Lapp

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, […]

Wounded and Risen Christ

April 19, 2020
John 20:19-31
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It is good to be together again celebrating resurrection even though it feels like we are still living in the tomb, in the midst of death. Death is all around us, creeping toward us, and yet we live in the midst of creation, in this gorgeous spring where Christ is revealed in so much life. […]

Palm Sunday Reflection

April 05, 2020
John 13:1-17
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Our element today from creation is fire; our biblical story is from John about footwashing -with water. It is easy to see that water puts out fire – but today, in the midst of the pandemic, at the beginning of Holy Week, instead of water putting out fire, these two combined point to suffering. I […]

Ordinary Transfiguration

February 23, 2020
Matthew 17:1-9; II Peter 1:9-16
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For the past three weeks we have been hearing passages from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as found in the gospel of Matthew. Today we skip ahead in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life to another experience that happened on a mountain, the transfiguration. For the writer of Matthew, Jesus is the new Moses. Since Moses […]

On The Border

February 09, 2020
Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 5:14-16
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I have been back from New Mexico and Texas, from the borderlands, for two weeks. Thank you for your prayers and support as I traveled. Your care and concern accompanied me. It was a wonderful trip and yet it is sometimes difficult to know how to talk meaningfully about my experience there. The lectionary passage […]

The Power and Humility of Baptism

January 12, 2020
Matthew 3:13-17; Isaiah 42:1-9
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I remember my baptism. I was scared to choose it and scared not to choose it. My questions and doubts about the way things were explained (or unexplained) in church overwhelmed me. But, as the pastor’s kid, I felt I had to see the membership class through to completion along with the others in the […]

Epiphany 20/20

January 05, 2020
Matthew 2:1-12; Ephesians 3:1-12
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The epiphany season is the hinge point of a new year, when things can come into new focus. It is one more gift of the season; a chance to look back and look forward. Matthew does this: he starts his account of Jesus’ life with a look back at Jesus’ ancestors, from Abraham through to […]