Cynthia Lapp

Breathing & Groaning

September 08, 2019
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Romans 8:19-23
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Yesterday the church council and pastorate met to look to the upcoming church year. As we thought about what is going well among us here at Hyattsville Mennonite, we also noted we are not immune to the stressors in society. Like so many folks, we carry worry and anxiety and it is hard.  So I […]

Repairing The Breach

August 25, 2019
Isaiah 58:9-14; Luke 13:10-17
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This story of the woman coming to synagogue on the Sabbath feels strangely familiar because it happens sometimes; people (that we do not know) come to the church on a Sunday and need help. By the time they find the pastor it is only minutes until the service starts so I invite them to worship […]

Finding Treasure

August 11, 2019
Luke 12:32-34; Isaiah 1:1,10-17
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It is a joy to be back among you after the gift of a three month sabbatical. My first Sunday back, on July 28, I was told I looked relaxed and happy. That’s an unfamiliar comment to receive! I want to hold onto that happy, relaxed feeling, we’ll see how long it lasts. There were […]

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 […]