Michelle Burkholder

Temptation Revelations

March 01, 2020
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11
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Today we, once again, mark the first Sunday of Lent – a forty day journey of reflection and repentance that resembles the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his season of public ministry. Lent is a season and a space of intention and preparation. Where we focus our intention and what we […]

Jesus Abridged

February 02, 2020
Micah 6:1-8
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It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Some of you couldn’t care less about that statement. While others of us have a mild interest in the game that will be taking place this evening. And many in this country are passionate about this annual event of gaming, theatrics, and money, money, money. For better or worse it is […]

A Soaring Love

January 19, 2020
Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42
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Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the annual Laurelville Music and Worship Leaders retreat weekend. People from across the country, and even a few from Canada, gathered together for a weekend of singing, music making, and exploration of worship resources together. This event began 30 some years ago when Hymnal: A Worship […]

Immersed In Waiting

December 08, 2019
Matthew 3:1-12; Romans 15:4-13
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Hear then, this poem: The Merger Poem (from The Dinner Party) – Judy Chicago And then all that has divided us will merge And then compassion will be wedded to power And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind And then both men and women will be gentle And then […]

The Peace Of The Earth

September 22, 2019
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Luke 16:1-13
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The United Nations has designated September 21st of each year as the International Day of Peace. [And just so you are not confused for the rest of the day, or week, yesterday was the 21st, today is the 22nd – but it’s close enough to warrant exploration today] There are a variety of UN instituted […]

Recipe For Prayer

July 28, 2019
Luke 11:1-13
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How do we pray? It is a question the disciples of Jesus asked and one that we still ask today. What is prayer, what does it look like, sound like, feel like in our lives? We can read books, search the internet, go on retreats, and try it out for ourselves if we want to […]

From Chaos, Life

June 30, 2019
Galatians 3:23-29
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Today is the last day of June; a month full of rainbows and pride parades. Pride is an annual time of celebration for LGBTQ people (& allies) as LGBTQ people claim and joyfully proclaim their presence, value, and inherent worth in public spaces around the world. Pride events are held throughout the month of June […]

Visions of Vision

May 05, 2019
Acts 9:1-20
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You’ve got to love a scripture passage that begins with: meanwhile. Meanwhile Saul continued to breathe murderous threats against the disciples. Okay, so maybe we don’t necessarily like what comes after the meanwhile in this particular sentence, murderous threats aren’t really things to love. But what this meanwhile does tell us is twofold – one […]

Sensing The Holy

April 07, 2019
Psalm 63:1-8; John 12:1-8
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If you were at the church retreat last fall, you may remember us doing some Biblio drama around the story of the woman anointing Jesus’ feet. A version of this story appears in all four gospels and when we explored the story at retreat – we used a mashed up remix of the accounts to […]

#Sermon

March 17, 2019
Genesis 15:1-12; Luke 13:31-35
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Scripture is an ancient text – we live with it in current times, seeking to understand what messages and insights it continues to offer. We can’t help but bring a modern (post, post modern) lens to our reading of scripture because that is the context we are coming from. And yet today, we are going […]