Michelle Burkholder

Constant Calder

May 01, 2022
Psalms 46: 1-10; 1 Kings 19:9-13

You may or may not know that I am a fan of the artist Alexander Calder. Calder is best known for his large scale sculptures and mobiles that have bright colors and whimsical shapes. He also created paintings, drawings, wire sketches, a tiny circus, and jewelry. The National Gallery of Art has a lovely collection […]

Full to the Brim

April 17, 2022
Luke 24:1-12

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia. I must confess I have found it a bit jarring to think about jumping into alleluias this year after the lenten journey we have taken. We started this season with hopes held high – exploring what it means for us to live expansively, seeking that which […]

Of Good Courage

March 13, 2022
Psalm 27; Luke 13:31-35

I want to begin by inviting you to think about a space or place, or several if you have them, that are sacred to you. And by that I mean – places that you have been at one time – or possibly even a place you can go to again and again where your soul […]

Friends with God

February 13, 2022
Isaiah 41:5-10; Luke 11:1-10

Hello Friends, It’s good to be together today. Here in-person and connected with those who are participating via Zoom. I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship this week. Pondering what I understand about it; what I’ve experienced in my life and considering and naming what it is I think I know or believe about friendship. […]

The Rules Of The Game

November 14, 2021
Psalm 16; I Corinthians 13:1-13

There are, in the end, three things that last: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. What is it to love? Love is vast and layered and wonderful and complicated and life-giving and it takes shape in our lives in many many ways. For instance, I love each of you! I […]

Holy Curiosity

September 19, 2021
Psalm 1; Mark 9:30-37

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

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

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

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 […]


May 09, 2021
Acts 10:44-48

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 […]