1-10-2021 Order of Service

Sacred Democracy – Of Thee I Sing – One Day at a Time

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

January 10, 2021, 10:30 am

Online at https://zoom.us/j/738363620
Passcode: BUF

By phone, for audio only: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 738 363 620
Passcode: 306220

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Gathering Music       Andrea Rackl

Welcome                    Rev Paul Beckel

Singing Together*     Kevin Allen-Schmid   #119 Once to Every Soul and Nation

Chalice Lighting*      Carrie Koehnline



Children’s Focus       Of Thee I Sing, by Barack Obama                 

Meditation*                 Serenity Prayer

Singing Together*      #1031 Filled with Loving Kindness

Eracism                      David Curley             

Musical Meditation              

Reflections                Carrie

Singing Together*     #123 Spirit of Life / Fuente de Amor

Reflections                 Paul

Offertory                     From a Distance, by Julie Gold

Singing Together*      #305 De Colores

Extinguishing the Chalice               

Circle ‘Round*                        


Behind the scenes today: Kai Rappaport, Jeff Copeland, Rod Haynes

Coffee Hour: Stay on Zoom AFTER the service. We’ll break into small randomized groups for about 10 minutes, then the groups will be juggled for another 10 minute period. Stay as long as you like to meet newcomers, and people that you might not otherwise have met … check-in on one another’s well-being … and reflect on the theme of today’s service.


Once to Every Soul and Nation

Once to every soul and nation comes the moment to decide,
in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side:
then to stand with truth is noble, when we share its wretched crust;
ere that cause bring fame and profit, and ‘tis prosperous to be just.

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet ‘tis truth alone is strong;
though its portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong.
Then it is the brave one chooses, while the coward stands aside,
till the multitude make virtue of the faith they have denied.


Our BUF Covenant

Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and service gives it life.
Celebrating our diversity, and joined by a quest for truth,
we work for peace, and honor all creation. This is our covenant.


Serenity Prayer

May I have Courage to change the things I can,
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
And Wisdom to know the difference.
May I have Patience with things that take time,
Appreciation for all that I have,
Tolerance for those with different struggles,
And Strength to get up and try again, one day at a time.


Filled with Loving Kindness

May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well.
May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be whole.

May you be filled …

May we be filled …


Spirit of Life / Fuente de Amor

Fuente de Amor, ven hacia mí.
Y al corazón, cántale tu compasión.
Sopla al volar, sube en la mar,
hasta moldear la justicia de la vida.
Arráigame, libérame,
Fuente de Amor, ven a mí, ven a mí.

Spirit of Life, come unto me. Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea; move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free; Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.


De Colores

All the colors, yes, the colors we see in the springtime with all of its flowers.
All the colors, when the sunlight shines out through a rift in the cloud and it showers.
All the colors, as a rainbow appears when a storm cloud is touched by the sun.
All the colors abound for the whole world around and for ev’ryone under the sun.

All the colors, yes, the colors of people parading on by with their banners.
All the colors, yes, the colors of pennants and streamers and plumes and bandannas.
All the colors, yes, the colors of people now taking their place in the sun.
All the colors abound for the whole world around and for ev’ryone under the sun.

All the colors, yes, the black and the white and the red and the brown and the yellow.
All the colors, all the colors of people who smile and shake hands and say “Hello!”
All the colors, yes, the colors of people who know that their freedom is won.
All the colors abound for the whole world around and for ev’ryone under the sun.

De colores, de colores se visten los campos en la primavera.
De colores, de colores son los pajaritos que vienen de a fuera.
De colores, de colores es al arco iris que vemos lucir.
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mi.



Upcoming Sunday Services

Sunday, January 17 Adapting the Vision – Rev Paul Beckel

On MLK weekend we’ll consider how our visions of justice might progress in a new unfamiliar landscape.

Sunday, January 24  Looking back in the Future – Rod Haynes and Rev Paul Beckel

The 1964 World’s Fair promised a look into the future. Now that we’re here, what insight might we discover about retrospection and prognostication?

Sunday, January 31  Dystopias and Utopias – Rev Paul Beckel

Extreme disturbing images of society make popular reading and viewing … along with highly optimistic versions. Why?


Sunday Zoom Link: Meeting ID 738 363 620 https://zoom.us/j/738363620

Passcode BUF

Phone in to the service: (669) 900-6833

Zoom Coffee Hour following Service

Social and Environmental Justice Collection Recipient for January:  Restorative Community Coalition  The Restorative Community Coalition is a 501C3 all volunteer non-profit working in the field of criminal justice reform. We start with people who get arrested, their families, friends, employers and others impacted. We then work with non-profits, 1st responders, jail and court employees of the law and justice systems who control the complex processes over time. The contributions from BUF last year provided a lifeline of safety for our Coalition as we adjusted to the conditions.  We were able to keep our lights on, and leverage funds to empower our volunteers to provide thousands of volunteer hours to help ‘whole families’ who needed to navigate the difficulties from arrest, to release and reentry.

The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force presents the 23rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference

Friday, January 15th – Sunday, January 17th      The theme of the 2021 Conference is Recapturing the Revolutionary Spirit: Dangerous Unselfishness , which Dr. King referenced in his April 3rd, 1968 address, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” , delivered in Memphis less than 24 hours before he was assassinated.

His message remains as urgent today as it did over 50 years ago. Now in its twenty-third year, the Conference provides a space for the community to come together and renew our commitment to the ideals that Dr. King held dear and believed deeply that this country could attain only by working together and acknowledging our shared history: ideals of equity, freedom, and self-determination. The Conference offers a rare opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to share our stories, lift our voices to call out injustice, and take actions that will help make Dr. King’s ideals reality. The 2021 conference will look quite different from the previous ones, taking place online over several days. It will feature a range of presentation formats including performance art, films, and caucuses, in addition to standard workshop fare. As always, the conference will be free and open to all.     Website: https://whrtf.org/revdrking/2021-conference/

BUF Meet Ups: Our Meet Ups have been a hit this fall. We had six offerings and a number of people learned a lot and had fun socializing with like-minded folks. We are developing a new line up of topics for the winter and urge you to contact Erica Mallin at Qbee2u@msn.com if you have an idea for a Meet Up you’d like to facilitate.  These groups can involve art, writing, learning a language, skill, or musical instrument, or a TED Talk discussion – pretty much anything that interests you. You can offer it weekly, bi-monthly, or just once. Please get your proposal in to Erica or Genia at genia@buf.org by Monday, January 11.

Black Lives Matter Monthly Program Meeting, Monday, January 11 7pm   Join Zoom Meeting   Join Zoom Meeting     https://zoom.us/j/96917727292         Pass code BUF   For more info: Cat McIntyre at mcintyrec48@gmail.com

Important Note from the BUF Pastoral Care Team: Especially now, when we are not interacting with each other before and after Sunday service, we need your help! If you or someone you know is having surgery, has had a big loss, or is struggling and needs support, please contact the Pastoral Care Team so that one of us can make contact and provide support. Please call Ginny Baker at 360 752-1550 or Rev. Paul Beckel at 360 820-9995 The goal of BUF Pastoral Care is to provide a ministry of hope and caring so that no member of our congregation need be alone during a crisis or other time of need.


Upcoming SEJC Events in January: 

Multifaith Network for Climate Justice 2021 New Year Social  January 11th, 6:30 pm.  Inspired by Christiana Figueres’ “Stubborn Optimism” we gather to share our hopes and concerns for climate justice in 2021.  This is a social event to feel free to have your favorite snacks and beverages handy!  All are welcome to join us. Zoom conference, please register here to get the link:  https://tinyurl.com/mncjsocial

8th Principle National Call   January 13th, 5-6:30 pm.  This call will be Part II hear from ministers of congregations that have adopted the 8th Principle.  Contact Deb Cruz at dwcruz@comcast.net if you are interested in attending.  If you missed Part I, check it out here: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/ministry-8th-principle