Cynthia Lapp

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 […]

Calling in the Streets and Sitting at the Table

June 12, 2022
John 16:12-15; Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31

The liturgical calendar tells us today is Trinity Sunday. It is one of those days in the Christian calendar that is not strictly biblical though the one place the trinitarian […]

Song of All Songs

May 15, 2022
Song of Songs 1:17- 2:6; John 13: 34-35; Rev. 21:1-3

I recently participated in a four day seminar on the Song of Solomon with 15 other pastors. The first thing that I learned was that this often overlooked book of […]

On the Road: Hyattsville Mennonite Church 70th Anniversary

April 24, 2022
Luke 24:13-32

It was the fall of 1951… Nelson Brunk’s wife, Ruth, still remembers how the announcement of the new slate of church officials was delayed that Sunday morning, while Pastor Shenk […]

When I survey…

April 10, 2022
Luke 23:13-27

The cross – how to get rid of it, how to live with it, how to make peace with it We are entering a complex week. We call it Holy […]