Michelle Burkholder

Imagination Compilation

July 30, 2023
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Once upon a time… It is a brilliant phrase. It invites our attention. It awakens our curiosity. It sparks our imagination. Upon encountering those words, once upon a time, we […]

Space at the Table

June 25, 2023
Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7

Have you ever invited someone over to your home for a meal? If you have, you likely remember the energy you put into preparing for the occasion. Deciding what to […]

Consider the Spirit

May 28, 2023
Acts 2:1-21; Exodus 19:9-11, 14-15a, 16-19

As we consider the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost today, I want to start by traveling back in time – way back for us – and way back […]

Life to the Full

April 30, 2023
Psalm 23; John 10:1-10

“Ehhhh wooly wooly!!” “Ehh wooly wooly!!” Eh wooly wooly is the call that used to ring forth from the mouths of shepherds at Shepherd’s Field farm in Philippi West Virginia […]

Nourishing Questions: Curiosity & Discernment

February 26, 2023
Matthew 4:1-11

Today we mark the first Sunday in Lent. Lent being the 40 day period that leads up to Easter Sunday. It is a season that is an echo, or reflection, […]

Repairers of Breaches

August 21, 2022
Isaiah 58:9b-14; Luke 13:10-17

How lovely to be here with all of you. Imagine my surprise when I took a look at the lectionary passages for today, knowing that this would be my first […]

Constant Calder

May 01, 2022
Psalms 46: 1-10; 1 Kings 19:9-13

You may or may not know that I am a fan of the artist Alexander Calder. Calder is best known for his large scale sculptures and mobiles that have bright […]

Full to the Brim

April 17, 2022
Luke 24:1-12

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia. I must confess I have found it a bit jarring to think about jumping into alleluias this year after the lenten […]

Of Good Courage

March 13, 2022
Psalm 27; Luke 13:31-35

I want to begin by inviting you to think about a space or place, or several if you have them, that are sacred to you. And by that I mean […]

Friends with God

February 13, 2022
Isaiah 41:5-10; Luke 11:1-10

Hello Friends, It’s good to be together today. Here in-person and connected with those who are participating via Zoom. I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship this week. Pondering what […]