1-22-2023 Order of Service


Sunday, January 22, 2023, 10:25 am

Online on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/738363620
Passcode: BUF

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

Gathering Music                         When I Can Read My Title Clear

traditional American melody, Melanie Rieck, piano

Welcome                                      Rev. Paul Beckel


Prelude                                         Morning Prayer by P.I. Tchaikovsky

Chalice Lighting                          #652, The Great End in Religious Instruction


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.

Singing Together                        Teach Your Children

Children’s Focus                        Can You Do This, Old Badger? by Eve Bunting

Children’s Blessing                    #409, Sleep My Child


Chalice Choir                              Wayfaring Stranger, Kevin Allen-Schmid, Director

Anti Racism/Anti Oppression/Multicultural Moment   Naomi Gary

Responsive Reading                  #666, The Legacy of Caring


Sharing our Gifts                        Greek Melody, arr. by Howard Helvey

Singing Together                        #1061, For So the Children Come

Benediction                                 #715, Your Children

Singing Together                        #155, Circle ‘Round

Circle ‘round for freedom, circle ‘round for peace
For all of us imprisoned, circle for release
Circle for the planet, circle for each soul
For the children of our children, keep the circle whole

Teach Your Children

You, who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a goodbye.

Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
and feed them on your dreams, the one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
so just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of tender years, can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
and so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.

Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
and feed them on your dreams, the one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
so just look at them and sigh and know they love you.


If you’re with us on Zoom today, please stay after the service for our online coffee hour. If you’re here in person, please join us downstairs for coffee and conversation.  

If you’re new, we’d be grateful to have you provide us with contact information so we can let you know what’s happening here. There are buff-colored visitor contact cards in the pew racks, and in the entryway, that you can drop in the collection basket. Or provide your contact information HERE. 

Contributions payable to “BUF” may be sent to:
1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham 98225

For info about donating online (credit card or PayPal), by automatic bank transfer, or via phone apps, see the “give” button in the upper right-hand corner at buf.org or contact the office: (360) 733-3837 / admin@buf.org


Upcoming Services

Sunday, January 29 –The Paradox of Good Enough
We hear so many messages about doing more and doing better. Sometimes that’s motivating, but sometimes it’s just discouraging. So, sometimes “good enough” can be not only comforting, but motivating as well.

Social and Environmental Justice Committee Meeting
Noon today: in-person/Zoom hybrid meeting in the conference room.
If you’re in person, bring your lunch, if on Zoom, here’s the link: https://zoom.us/j/97265181170

As this is a combined meeting of both business and program meetings, please plan on three hours with a nice break in the middle. This is our regular meeting of approximately sixteen members who represent different action teams at BUF:  Black Lives Matter, Fair Trade, Humanitas, Native American Connections, Refugee Action Team and more.  Questions about SEJC? contact Kara Black kara@cedartreellc.com.


All UU Need is Love – BUF Auction Saturday, February 11, 4:30-7 PM
Mark your calendars for this lively all-BUF community event. Your $20 ticket will include access to silent and live auction, Beatles-themed entertainment, groovy appetizers, and two raffle tickets for the prize of your choice. ‘60s attire, decor, and drinks will abound.

  • Event and Raffle Tickets are on sale after the service.
  • There is no online bidding this year. Bidding will only occur at the Feb 11th event.
  • Raffle Items – you don’t have to be present to win!
  • To see auction items donated so far, visit http://togetherauction.com/buf
  • It’s not too late to donate. Find a donation form at buf.org
  • Can’t be there in person? Ask a BUF friend to bid for you!

One special auction item is a painting by our own Ginny Baker. A few of her paintings are up today for you to look at. Vote for your favorite. The biggest vote getter will be the one we offer at auction on Feb. 11.


Celebrate the Voyage of our Beloved Community next Sunday, January 29. Help us celebrate and navigate our continuing journey from 12:00 to 1:30 in the Social Hall. We will provide sandwich ingredients so we can eat while we enjoy a visual presentation of our anti-racism accountability goals, see what we achieved, and what we are still working on. This will be an interactive event for everyone, with plenty of opportunity for participation and input.


Potluck & Budget Conversation – February 5 after the Sunday service
A time to share a meal and also an opportunity for an informal conversation – soliciting your input as we begin crafting next year’s budget.