Michelle Burkholder

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 […]

At The Edge Of The Sea

January 22, 2017
Matthew 4:12-23

John the Baptist has died. He has been killed by Herod Antipas, the hand of Rome. It is time. Time for Jesus. Jesus moves to Capernaum. To a house by the sea. He makes a home there. Sets up a new routine. He sips espresso on his deck in the evening. Spends lazy afternoons lounging […]


November 27, 2016
Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Well, here it is, once again the first Sunday of Advent and instead of being greeted with a text of excitement and warm fuzzy anticipation about the impending birth of a lovely little baby who would carry a message of love and inclusion into the world we are given this gospel text of apocalyptic warning. […]

Faithful Flexitarians

November 06, 2016
Romans 14:1-18, 15:4-6

Yesterday was the fall delegate session for Allegheny Mennonite Conference. There were seven people from this congregation that attended the gathering. During the last several weeks, as we anticipated the meeting, we were encouraged by the conference office to read and spend some time considering Romans 14-15:6 as preparation for the looming conversations. I say […]

In It Together

October 02, 2016
Leviticus 19:33-34; Mark 10:13-16; Ephesians 2:17-22

On World Communion Sunday it is natural for us to think about the wider church. And I don’t just mean MCUSA, on world communion Sunday we are invited to ponder and celebrate what it means to be in communion with the whole world. The church, on this day is the movement and expression of God’s […]