Cynthia Lapp

(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 […]

Fishing

February 10, 2019
Luke 5:1-11; Isaiah 6:1-8
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We tell and retell the story of Jesus, to our children, to each other, to other people. (Sometimes I find myself telling a story of Jesus to my friends who aren’t church people, who aren’t Christian. Even I am surprised when that happens.) Each of us may have different reasons for telling the story. And […]

Listening For The Word

January 27, 2019
Nehemiah 8:1-10; Luke 4:14-30
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Six years ago today, Sunday, January 27, 2013, we celebrated moving back into this space after worshipping for 10 months at the Church of the Brethren.  During those ten months, this building was rebuilt, transformed with a new foyer, new restrooms and importantly, a lift. That Sunday, six years ago, we read the same two […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. & Other Contemporary Prophets

January 20, 2019
Isaiah 9:2-5; Isaiah 62:1-4
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This weekend we remember Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. 51 years after his death, with his own federal holiday, we are well into the process of making Dr King safe, sanitizing his dream. We are tempted to congratulate ourselves for having come so far – then we see the videos of young (Christian ) white men taunting […]

God’s Time

December 23, 2018
Luke 1:39-55; Micah 5:2-5
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It is tempting to pass over this story of Mary and Elizabeth. It’s just the prelude. The main thing, the exciting part is yet to come.  Let’s just jump over the boring stuff and go directly to the scene in Bethlehem with angels and shepherds and stars and animals and the baby. Oh, we did […]

Hope in the Journey: YHWH is Our Justice

December 02, 2018
Jeremiah 33:14-16; I Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
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The word of God in scripture is very present in our worship today. It is a lot to digest and understand: a beseeching prayer in the Psalm; words of hope from Jeremiah; apocalyptic images and advice from Luke; gratitude and blessing in Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica. Instead of trying to tackle all […]

Visions of a Royal Reign

November 25, 2018
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
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The Lord be with you. (and also with you.) I am grateful to be back among you after missing two Sundays, one for travel after the Women Doing Theology Conference and then last week because I was sick. Gathering for worship with you anchors me and reminds me who I am and what I am […]

“I want to see”: Resilience, Survival, and Hope

October 28, 2018
Mark 10:46-52
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Mennonite Heritage Sunday: Lamenting the Doctrine of Discovery It is three and half weeks since my second cataract surgery. I see more clearly than I have for many years: colors and patterns that eluded me, now delight and surprise me. What is still hard to see or what I would rather not see is the injustice […]

God’s Word: Living and Active

October 14, 2018
Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
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God’s word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. Hebrews 4 Carry the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6 Swords do not play a big role in my life. My kids were not really into sword play – and anyway, those would have been Nerf swords right?  […]

Faith In Action

September 16, 2018
Mark 8:31-37
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It is pledge season, and not just for National Public Radio stations and PBS television stations. Churches all over the country are putting together their budgets and gathering pledges. In this way, we Mennonites who have been known to say we are “in the world but not of the world,” well, we may be more […]