Michelle Burkholder

The Peace Of The Earth

September 22, 2019
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Luke 16:1-13
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The United Nations has designated September 21st of each year as the International Day of Peace. [And just so you are not confused for the rest of the day, or week, yesterday was the 21st, today is the 22nd – but it’s close enough to warrant exploration today] There are a variety of UN instituted […]

Recipe For Prayer

July 28, 2019
Luke 11:1-13
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How do we pray? It is a question the disciples of Jesus asked and one that we still ask today. What is prayer, what does it look like, sound like, feel like in our lives? We can read books, search the internet, go on retreats, and try it out for ourselves if we want to […]

From Chaos, Life

June 30, 2019
Galatians 3:23-29
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Today is the last day of June; a month full of rainbows and pride parades. Pride is an annual time of celebration for LGBTQ people (& allies) as LGBTQ people claim and joyfully proclaim their presence, value, and inherent worth in public spaces around the world. Pride events are held throughout the month of June […]

Visions of Vision

May 05, 2019
Acts 9:1-20
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You’ve got to love a scripture passage that begins with: meanwhile. Meanwhile Saul continued to breathe murderous threats against the disciples. Okay, so maybe we don’t necessarily like what comes after the meanwhile in this particular sentence, murderous threats aren’t really things to love. But what this meanwhile does tell us is twofold – one […]

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 […]