Cynthia Lapp

Bathsheba’s Power

December 18, 2022
I Kings 1: 1-31

Today in our study of the women in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, we focus on the woman referred to as “the wife of Uriah.” Her own name is erased for […]

Tamar: Advent 1

November 27, 2022
Genesis 38

Our Advent theme will be a bit different this year at HMC – and across a number of Mennonite churches. Many congregations will be using Joanna Harader and Michelle Burkholder‘s […]

Remembering the Reign

November 20, 2022
Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23: 33-43

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Here at Hyattsville Mennonite it is the Sunday before Thanksgiving – and variously Christ the King Sunday, or Christa the Queen […]

Pharisee Humility

October 23, 2022
Luke 18: 9-14; Psalm 65

I was in Goshen, Indiana this past week and stayed with my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ron. One evening I said to Uncle Ron, “Tell me about Pharisees – without […]

Increase Our Faith

October 02, 2022
Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1: 1-7

Is it a demand? Increase our faith! A whiny complaint? Increase our faith. Maybe a patient mantra. Increase our faith. Increase our faith. Increase our faith. Jesus doesn’t seem all […]

Making Peace

September 11, 2022
Matthew 5: 1-12, 38-42; Psalm 85: 8-10

On this 21st anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the worship committee suggested that it might be a good time to look at the Mennonite or Anabaptist “peace position.” […]

Clothe Yourselves

August 14, 2022
Colossians 3:12-17

Clothe yourselves – (with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.) This directive, this metaphor of clothing in Colossians, makes a whole lot more sense to me since I learned that […]

Chasing the Wind

July 31, 2022
Luke 12:13-21; Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

Vanity of Vanities. Futile, absolutely futile. Completely illusory. Everything is an illusion. Welcome to the dog days of summer, when even the lectionary texts are despondent, overheated and grumpy. We, […]

Go and do the same

July 10, 2022
Luke 10:25-37

An Expert in the Law stood up to put Jesus to the test and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?” Jesus answered, “What is written in […]

First, Last & In Between

June 26, 2022
Isaiah 48:12; Isaiah 44:6-8; Mark 10:24-31; Luke 13:22-30

On Tuesday as we gathered on line for morning prayer, we heard this: from Isaiah 44 – I am the first and I am the last. Do not fear, for […]