Author: Sarah Pirtle

  • Hands Across the Hills

    I just got off the phone with Gwen Johnson in Letcher County, Kentucky. Some of you may remember her joining online some Sundays this past year at the Village Church services. We met through Hands Across the Hills and have become lifelong friends.

  • Music for the Soul

    “Music opens the avenues to the soul which must be kept open all the time.” This is one of the passages from the book Greenwood: This Other Eden by Joseph Schaaf that I shared in a sermon to celebrate Greenwood Music Camp’s presence.

  • Seeing Through Each Other’s Eyes

    In the fullness of summer, in this full spectrum light, may we listen to each other from that place of pausing to hear and value, and looking through each other’s eyes.

  • How Do We Support the Children?

    Wherever we go, people are talking about the shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. Sometimes we sense also a feeling of not being able to have one more conversation. Have you had times of heartache and helplessness, of wanting to do something and not knowing what?

  • Words of Welcome & Chalice Lighting

    This chalice is a beacon for the beloved community we are building. / May this be a time of strengthening.

  • Spring Is the Opposite of War

    When we are weighted down by the unthinkable domination of war, the basic life force of Earth brings us back. Right now is the “just yet” time of new green on the branches. Right now is the time of staring into the yellow trumpet of daffodils and remarking on their miracle. We belong to the…

  • Prayer for a Friend Preparing for Surgery

    We are with you right now as you prepare for the hospital / Our image is that as each of us adds our hearts’ love for you, we surround you with a white donut of light / that gets thicker with each wish, with each prayer.

  • Beltane Prayer

    You are that. You are that light. / Truly you are a divine spark, / And at your core you have a spiritual kernel, /A light that is forever yours and forever blazing.

  • From the Sermon: You are Real to Me

    Responsive Reading based on the words of Dan Ellsberg and Randy Kehler, and based upon words from the Solidarity Vigil with the Sikh community, and the Sikh power of Chardi Kala.