Michelle Burkholder

Witnesses of Wonder

May 12, 2024
Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-9

Tis a curious story we encounter in the text today as we begin to draw this long liturgical Easter season to a close – this account of the ascension of […]

Living Stereogram

April 14, 2024
Luke 24:36b-48

Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! You might be thinking: “we’re still doing this?!” And yes, we are still saying Christ is risen! Easter continues again this week […]

Bearing Witness – Easter

March 31, 2024
Luke 24:1-12

Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Each year we start our Easter sermons with this refrain – and yet, when […]

Altered by the Story

February 25, 2024
Acts 9:1-22

Stories are powerful tools. They are outlets for expression, communication, revelation, and education. Stories offer us insights into the content of the story itself, and also, if we pay attention, […]

Being Present with Peace

December 10, 2023
Mark 1:1-8; Genesis 1:1

The Gospel of Mark, like the Gospel of John, does not offer us an account of Jesus’ birth. Instead, it jumps right into the heart of the matter: Good News. […]

Giving Thanks

November 19, 2023
Luke 22:14-20; Psalm 95:1-7

Have you noticed the way themes have the capacity to bubble to the surface of our attention at different times? In certain seasons, if you pay attention, it may seem […]

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 […]