Cynthia Lapp

Just Love

September 13, 2020
Matthew 18:15-22; Romans 13:8-10
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In these days when facts are untrue and laws are unjust, these words from Romans 13 are exactly what we need. They are a reminder of how basic our faith is: just love. Hold onto love, share love, with each other, with yourself, with God. Love is the fulfillment of the law. If only everyone […]

Holy Ground

August 30, 2020
Exodus 3:1-15
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Moses does not have an easy life, at least from the little information we get from the biblical text. Sure, he grows up in the palace but only after being rescued – or we might call it kidnapped, as a child from his enslaved family. He is raised by the enslavers, as one of them. […]

Walking In Storms

August 09, 2020
Matthew 14:22—33; Matthew 8:23-27; Psalm 85:8-13
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We had just finished passing out the bread and fish, we couldn’t believe there was enough. We were counting twelve baskets of leftovers when Jesus said we should get in the boat. We could take his boat, the one he brought for this outing to a place where he could be alone. He didn’t find […]

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 […]