Michelle Burkholder

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 […]

40

March 10, 2019
Deuteronomy 8:1-10; Luke 4:1-13
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Once again we find ourselves embarking on the Lenten journey. Lent is the 40 days (minus Sundays) between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday. It is a season to spend time in intentional reflection and consideration of one’s physical and spiritual state. Very often people give up something for this season as a way of making […]

Capacity Conundrum

February 17, 2019
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 6:17-26
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There’s a stream of thought that says every pastor really only has one sermon in them. [For the sake of job security I maybe shouldn’t be exploring this stream of thought since you might start wondering if it is too easy for me to pull together sermons since I apparently only have one…but whatever, here […]

A Nature for Nurture

December 30, 2018
Psalm 148; Luke 2:41-52
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During the season of Advent, we have been pondering the nature of journey. We’ve been on a journey of waiting together. Waiting for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The celebration of Immanuel: God with us. That celebration has come in the form of Christmas and now here we are several days past that […]

Bridges of Nurture

November 18, 2018
Hebrews 10:11-25
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Oh, Hebrews. What a book of the Bible you are. We don’t know exactly who wrote you – although your words have at times been attributed to Paul. We don’t know quite when you were written – but probably before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70AD, otherwise you would most likely reference […]

On Pilgrimage

August 19, 2018
Exodus 16:9-15
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[Note: this is an adaptation of the sermon I preached at the Allegheny Mennonite Conference summer session held August 3-5 at Laurelville. Apologies for the repetition to those of you who were there – I invite you to listen for some new things – for the rest of you – enjoy!] I want to start […]

Two Disciples and a Mary Walk Into a Graveyard . . .

April 01, 2018
Isaiah 25:6-9; John 20:1-18
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Christ is risen! [Christ is risen, indeed] Alleluia! What a day, eh?! I mean Easter is always a cause for joy and celebration but, as a celebration that moves around on the calendar, it isn’t every year that it coincides with April Fools Day. And what a glorious pairing the two make: both are full […]

Holy Sight

January 28, 2018
Psalm 111; Mark 1:21-28
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This week finds us still in the liturgical season of Epiphany. Epiphany begins the week after Christmas and is traditionally celebrates the visit of the wise ones to the young Jesus in Bethlehem. We, here at Hyattsville, usually only officially celebrate Epiphany for one Sunday and then move on. However, the liturgical season (which is […]

The Hovering Spirit

December 17, 2017
I Thessalonians 5:16-24
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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 […]