Michelle Burkholder

Holy Curiosity

September 19, 2021
Psalm 1; Mark 9:30-37
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I grew up as a child of the 80s. In the 80s, as in each decade I suppose, there were lots of quirky cultural entertainment outlets. One of those was “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. I love these stories because they were like a game in a book and, as you likely know, I love […]

Choose The Sermon: Dinosaurs and Noah – Why Does a Creator Destroy Their Creation?

August 22, 2021
Genesis 7:11-24; John 12: 23-27
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Genesis 1:1-2:1 [Adapted] In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth became chaos and emptiness, and darkness came over the face of the Deep – and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said: “Light: Be!” and light was. God saw that light was […]

Finding The Line

July 18, 2021
Psalm 23; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
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You may have noticed in the weekly announcements that we have had a submission form open for a summer series called: You Choose The Sermon. We were planning on starting that series in August. But it was hot this week. Which felt like summer. And last week folks got really into the conversation about plumb […]

Sneaker & Stained Glass Revelations

June 27, 2021
Psalm 139:1-14; I John 4:7-8
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What has surprised me most in this past week are the sounds I am not hearing. For the past month each day (other than rainy ones) the air has been reverberating with cicada songs. Some days the decibel was almost unbearable – especially for those of us who live with our house windows open in […]

Guidelines

May 09, 2021
Acts 10:44-48
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Before I offer the words I have to share with you today, I want to speak directly to my fellow beloved community members who identify as LGBTQIA. The story I am about to explore is the history, present, and future of the Membership Guidelines of MCUSA. These guidelines have upheld false and harmful teachings about […]

A Given

March 14, 2021
Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21
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Imagine you are wandering deep into a space of wilderness. Just as you begin to wonder if you have gone so far into the wilderness that you have found a path that no other person has travelled before you spy something etched, by human hand, into the rock face next to you. It is one […]

Re-veil-ations

February 28, 2021
Exodus 34:29-35; Mark 9:2-9
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I’m relatively new to home ownership. Becky, Simon, and I purchased and moved into our first ‘us’ owned home just about 2 years ago. I am still learning the ropes of home maintenance and upkeep as up till this point in my life I have had the privilege of others being responsible for repairs and […]

Astonished & Amazed

January 31, 2021
Mark 1:21-28; I Corinthians 8:1-13
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We are still in the season of Epiphany. It is a season that invites us to explore how Christ is revealed in the world. Christ is revealed in the world in a myriad of ways. One of the ways we learn about what it looks like to be Christ in the world is through the […]

In The Round

November 15, 2020
Psalm 90:1-12; Matthew 25:14-30
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Intro – No Slide 2003 – Becky & I moved to MN – I was excited about seminary and really excited about living close to this sculpture: Slide I – Spoonbridge and Cherry (Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen – Minneapolis, MN) This is a sculpture entitled Spoonbridge and Cherry Walker […]

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 […]