Michelle Burkholder

The Hovering Spirit

December 17, 2017
I Thessalonians 5:16-24

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2 These are the opening words to story of God’s work in the world as […]

Aut Visum Aut Non

November 19, 2017
II Corinthian 9:6-11; Luke 17:11-19

Our theme this year at HMC is focused around building connections. We are on the lookout for ways to connect with ourselves, each other, and God. During the month of November we have been exploring what is means to make connections through the practice of gratitude. The story we find in Luke chapter 17 affirms […]

Turn, Then, And Live

October 01, 2017
Exodus 17:1-7; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

There are lots of Biblical proverbs that ring familiar in our ears [some more so than others]: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding [Proverbs 3:5] Start children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it […]

A Big Ol’ Box of Chips

September 17, 2017
Mark 11:20-25

If you were here last week you may have heard Kathleen, the congregational chair for the year ahead, share the outcomes of the church council and pastorate’s working retreat day on Saturday, September 9. For those of you not familiar with the retreat it is an event that happens each fall as we begin a […]

Faith, Hope, Love: A Showdown?

August 20, 2017
Lamentations 3:17-23; Matthew 21:18-22; I Corinthian 13:1-7, 13

Many of you know that after college I took some time to travel. Two of my friends and I set off on a two month tour of art museums and culture sights around Europe. I was excited about the trip – it was my first time traveling off the continent of North America. It was […]

Ears to Listen, Hearts to Hear

July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Last week, I had the opportunity to preach at Scottdale Mennonite Church, another congregation in Allegheny Mennonite Conference. It was a treat to go and experience worship in another AMC context and to see some of the folks I have met at conference events over the past few years in their home setting. The community […]

Living Love is a Verb

June 25, 2017
Deuteronomy 6:4-7; I Corinthians 13:1-7; I John 4:7-8

In a week and a half a group of folks from this congregation will be heading to Orlando, Florida for the 2017 Mennonite Church USA [MCUSA] biennial convention. Every two years, delegates and interested persons from across MCUSA gather as a collective body to worship, fellowship, learn from each other, and do the work of […]

Living Stories

May 21, 2017
Acts 17:22-31; John 14:15-21

Once upon a time… Those words got your attention, didn’t they? We humans love stories. And we really love a good story. One that keeps us engaged, is relatable, maybe giving us some space for laughter or tears, and one that is, on some level, believable. We like it when we can trust a story. […]

Called Out

April 02, 2017
John 11:1-45

Lately, my foot hurts. I am having a flare up of plantar fasciitis. If you have experienced plantar fasciitis you will immediately shake your head in commiseration and consolation. You know what I am going through. For those who haven’t experienced it, there isn’t a great way to describe it other than to say that […]

The Grit of Restoration

March 05, 2017
Matthew 4:1-11

Don’t let the unusually amazing and warm weather of the past few weeks fool you. The budding trees and blooming flowers may tempt you into thinking we have already made it to Easter and the celebration of new life. While nature is starting to spring forth from its dormant grave of winter, our spiritual selves […]