Cynthia Lapp

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 […]

Love Who?

February 24, 2019
Luke 6:27-38; Psalm 37:3-11
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Friends, I gotta tell you about this recent TEDx talk I heard. The speaker is sort of a rockstar these days. People come from all around the country to hear him. He travels too, he is sort of on tour now, making appearances at a number of TEDx stages. My friend, Matthew, says that he […]

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 […]