Michelle Burkholder

A Nature for Nurture

December 30, 2018
Psalm 148; Luke 2:41-52

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

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

[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

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

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

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 […]