Cynthia Lapp

What Are We To Do?

February 07, 2021
Mark 1:29-39; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
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BP – before Pandemic, I didn’t dream much. I mean I did dream a lot before kids but then I stopped, at least I stopped remembering my dreams. But now, DP, during pandemic, I have begun remembering more of my dreams. The other night I dreamed that I ran into a high school friend at […]

State of the Congregation

January 24, 2021
Mark 1:14-20; I Corinthians 7:29-31
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Here in this political season, in this ever political city, it is once again time for that occasional address, the state of the congregation. I so wish I could parade down the center aisle (like I did one time) while you all stand and cheer from the left and the right, or perhaps mostly from […]

Gifts of Epiphany

January 03, 2021
Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12
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As the Christmas season draws to a close for another year, and we sing carols that weave together the birth stories, I feel that preacherly responsibility to pick apart and untangle the two very different gospel stories of Jesus birth. During advent and on Christmas Eve we heard the story from Luke. It comes (sort […]

Anticipating | Incarnating

November 29, 2020
Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37
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2020, the most apocalyptic of years, is finally winding down. This means that we are starting a new liturgical year, which always begins with – wait for it – apocalyptic biblical texts. In the beginning of the liturgical year, we are invited to start all over again, waiting for God, watching for the presence of […]

Waiting For Justice

November 08, 2020
Matthew 25:1-13; Psalm 70; Amos 5:18-24
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There is a certain irony that in a week that involved so much anxious waiting we have this parable about waiting, waiting late into the night, waiting so long you run out of energy. It seems strange to talk about waiting today, since the wait for election results is ostensibly over. The joy in my […]

Give To Caesar?

October 18, 2020
Matthew 22:15-22; Isaiah 45:1-7
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These are days of bluster: autumn winds and politicians. These are times of trying to trap public figures in hypocrisy, and public figures being unashamed of hypocrisy.  We hope the endless speeches and talking points will end after Nov 3 but living where we do, we know it never really ends, the volume just goes […]

Granular Power

October 04, 2020
Psalm 19; Matthew 21:33-44
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Today on World Communion Sunday, people across the globe break bread together. Around the world Christians eat the bread of Christ together. This small sign of unity seems, to me, like an even smaller gesture than usual. In the face of a global pandemic, rising white supremacy and nationalism, climate change, increasing poverty, name the […]

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 […]