Cynthia Lapp

Trusting Doubt

April 08, 2018
John 20:19-31; Act 4:32-37 (5:1-11)
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Today is the Sunday after Easter but this great Thomas story begins last Sunday evening. And the story the disciples tell the absent Thomas is pretty incredible. They are hiding, and mourning, and Jesus appears, right there in the middle of their huddled, frightened group – without even opening a door. Give me a break. […]

The Jesus Koans

March 18, 2018
Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33
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During Lent, our theme of covenant has taken us in various directions. Michelle shared the Jeremiah text with the children in Children’s Church. Michelle showed them how you can write something on play-doh and somehow it is still contained in the play-doh, even when you smoosh it up and it seems to disappear. God’s covenant […]

Cross Covenant

February 25, 2018
Mark 8: 31-38
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“It’s just my cross to bear.” You’ve probably heard people say it. Maybe you’ve said it. I know Jesus says, “Take up your cross.” I know we need Good Friday so we can move from death into life. But I so wish we could skip over suffering and the cross. I have heard too many […]

Create Covenant

February 18, 2018
Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15
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Good morning friends. It seems hard to start right in on covenant when a broken covenant is the elephant in the room. This country is reeling from yet one more time we have failed our children. Safety within the borders of the country ought to be a primary function of government and yet once again […]

Call and Response

January 14, 2018
I Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); John 1:43-51; Psalm 139
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Call. It is a word that I used to dread, especially in seminary. It was expected that we understood our call, that we could explain our call. I wasn’t even sure what “call” meant. All I knew was that I was interested in feminist theology, and worship should be more creative and participatory. I hoped, […]

The Vulnerability of the Magnificat

December 24, 2017
Luke 1:26-38, 46-55
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I love Mary’s Magnificat. Bach’s setting is a particular favorite, though one might ponder how the short song of a “humble servant of God” ends up as a glorious half hour piece with orchestra, choir and soloists. We might also ponder how this song of a teenage girl gets set to music by so many […]

Sheep in the Royal Reign: Christ the King/Christa the Queen/Christus the Royal Sunday

November 26, 2017
Matthew 25:21-36
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In this season of gratitude, I am grateful for another chance to listen to and wrestle with and learn from and a familiar text from the gospel of Matthew. I am grateful that this ancient text survived and we can still learn from Jesus’ stories. This parable about the kindom of God comes at the […]

Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength, Neighbor and Self

October 29, 2017
I Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
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Last week, at the congregational retreat, we did activities that invited us to use our bodies, minds and spirits. We will soon get a few pictures on the website and FaceBook so you can see what it looks like when groups of people try to make images of God with their whole selves. We also […]

The Big Ten

October 08, 2017
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
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The Ten Commandments – everybody knows them. They are part of popular culture as much as religious culture. We tell jokes about The Ten Commandments – “What did God tell Moses when Moses complained?  Take two tablets and call me in the morning.” The Daily Bonnet, a Mennonite satire website, posted this headline yesterday – […]

Enough Already

September 24, 2017
Matthew 20:1-16; Exodus 16:2-15
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It’s that time of year, pledge season, when it is suggested that we hear what some call, the “sermon on the amount.” Conveniently, the lectionary gives us these two texts about people wondering if there is enough, for them, for their families, for the community. We might wonder the same? Will there be enough this […]