1-17-2021 Order of Service

Re-Imagining the Vision

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

January 17, 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        Melanie Reick – Medley of Gospel Hymns

Welcome                    Jeff Copeland

Singing Together*      #131 Love will Guide Us arr. Jason Shelton

Chalice Lighting       


Introduction                Rev Paul Beckel

Solo                             Ibidunni Ojikutu         Give Me Jesus

Joys & Sorrows      

Eracism                      Sky Hedman

Solo                             Ibidunni Ojikutu         Gospel Blues

Reflections                 Jeff Copeland

Singing Together*      #157 Step by Step the Longest March

Interlude                      Ibidunni Ojikutu         My Lord What A Morning

Social and Environmental Justice Collection       

for the Restorative Community Coalition

Joy Gilfilen and Anastacia Lundholm

Offertory                     Kevin Allen-Schmid This Little Light of Mine arr. Joel Raney

Singing Together*      #121 We’ll Build a Land


Circle ‘Round                       

Postlude                     Wade in the Water


Behind the scenes today: Rory McLeod, 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.

Love will Guide Us

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
hope inside us will lead the way
on the road from greed to giving.
Love will guide us through the hard night.

If you cannot sing like angels,
if you cannot speak before thousands,
you can give from deep within you.
You can change the world with your love.

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
hope inside us will lead the way
on the road from greed to giving.
Love will guide us through the hard night.


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.


Step by Step the Longest  March

Step by step the longest march can be won, can be won.
Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none.
And by union, what we will can be accomplished still;
drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none.


We’ll Build a Land

We’ll build a land where we bind up the broken.
We’ll build a land where the captives go free,
where the oil of gladness dissolves all mourning.
Oh, we’ll build a promised land that can be.

Come build a land where sisters and brothers,
anointed by God, may then create peace:
where justice shall roll down like waters,
and peace like an ever flowing stream.

We’ll build a land where we bring the good tidings
to all the afflicted and all those who mourn.
And we’ll give them garlands instead of ashes.
Oh, we’ll build a land where peace is born.

We’ll be a land building up ancient cities,
raising up devastations from old;
restoring ruins of generations.
Oh, we’ll build a land of people so bold.

Come, build a land where the mantles of praises
resound from spirits once faint and once weak;
where like oaks of righteousness stand her people.
Oh, come build the land, my people we seek.



Sunday, January 24              Just my Imagination             Rod Haynes
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 is BUF

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.


Free Advance Care Planning Workshops    Who Will Decide For You,  If You Cannot?

In collaboration with the PeaceHealth Advance Care Planning and Northwest Regional Council, BUF is hosting a free 4 part workshop on planning and completing an Advance Care Directive. The zoom workshop series is on Wednesday February 10, 17, 24 and March 3 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm.*

For questions or to register please contact Patricia Conover.

DATE: Feb 10, 17, 24, March 3    TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please watch for more information coming soon!

* We recommend attending all four workshops.

** Since this is a virtual event, feel free to invite family and friends who may also benefit from the conversation.


Ranked-Choice Voting Presentation on Jan 28-29

Join us for a virtual Ranked-Choice Voting 101 Webinar to learn the basics about RCV, offered on Thursday, January 28 12:30 pm, and Friday, January 29, 6:30 pm. Ranked-choice voting makes your vote more powerful, makes campaigns more civil, and ensures that your vote isn’t wasted.Topics we’ll discuss: What is ranked-choice voting? What are the benefits? Where is it being used today? What do critics say? What’s our plan to bring ranked-choice voting to Washington?

FairVote Washington is a non-partisan, nonprofit champion of electoral reforms that give voters a stronger voice in our elections, and more representative democracy. We encourage people of all political backgrounds to attend. Join us for what is sure to become a UU favored way of voting!

The zoom link will be included in future Midweek Updates, or you can contact Genia Allen-Schmid at genia@buf.org.


The BUF Family Promise Team will be responsible for meals and supplies the week of February 1st through 7. Family Promise is continuing to look for a permanent office and building to house several families. To volunteer, contact Ann Stevenson.


Paul’s New Year’s Wish:  Here’s where BUF volunteers would be very helpful. We have strong teams doing much of this work already, willing to train and stand by, but we’re stretched a little thin. Email Rev. Paul Beckel at paul@buf.org.

  • Zoom hosts: to switch the screens between presenters, lyrics, and videos…
  • Chat monitors: to add notes and links to the chat at specified times during the service…
  • Video editors: clean/smooth/compile audio and video, add scrolling texts…
  • Distributor of the order of service: compile info and announcements from me, musicians, the BUF office, and other service participants, distribute via buf-news, and post on buf.org


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.


Bufster Roz Reynolds has a new play coming up which you will be able to watch in the comfort of your own living room, live-streamed over Zoom from the Sylvia Center for the ArtsJulian the Humble is based on the life and writings of 14th-century mystic Julian of Norwich, but was heavily inspired by our collective experience of quarantine and isolation over the past year. Virtual “tickets” are by donation. For details and tickets, please visit https://sylviacenterforthearts.org/event/julian-the-humble/2021-01-22/ Thank you for your support of the arts during these unprecedented times!