Michelle Burkholder

It All Comes Back To This

October 25, 2020
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Matthew 22:34-46
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It is a season of questions, debates, and expressions of opinions. I suppose if we are honest, all of life is that season – it is part of being human and in relationship to share our ideas and feelings with each other. Debates, in theory, help us test the waters of what we believe and […]

What Is This?!

September 20, 2020
Exodus 16:2-15; Matthew 20:1-16
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“In country town or city, some people can be found – who spend their lives in grumbling at everything around, oh yes, they always grumble no matter what they say, for these are chronic grumblers and they grumble night and day….Ooooooh…they grumble on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, grumble on Thursday too…grumble on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, grumble […]

Trauma & Transformation

August 16, 2020
Genesis 45:1-15
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Many of you know that I am really into board games. As part of my interest in board games I sometimes listen to podcasts about games and gaming. On one of the podcasts I listen to there is a segment called Gametek – it is an exploration of the underlying principles of game design – […]

A Voiceless Voice

June 21, 2020
Psalm 19
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It feels fitting that right after Solstice, the longest day of the year – we start a 6 week series focused on the longest book of the Bible by chapter count: The Psalms (Jeremiah would win the longest book for the most Hebrew words). Our summer series isn’t planning to dive into a deep study […]

The Way of Love

May 10, 2020
John 14:1-14
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Here we are in the 5th week past Easter and the scripture passage puts us right back to the days just before Jesus’ death. This passage in John is part of Jesus’ farewell message to his followers. It comes right after he has washed the disciples feet and taught them that being of service to […]

Christ Revealed

April 12, 2020
John 20:1-18
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Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Thank God for this day of alleluias in the midst of this pandemic experience. Some churches have considered holding off on Easter celebrations until they can once again return to their space of embodied worship together. I, for one, am grateful we are celebrating today! This moment […]

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 […]