10-1-2023 Order of Service

Seeing Through Other Eyes

Sunday, October 1, 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

This morning’s service is presented by Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz, “The Irthlingz Duo”

The  program is based on Michael Hurwicz’s recent book about his father,
Leonid Hurwicz, Intelligent Designer: How War and the Great Depression Inspired a Nobel Economist

Gathering Music             Olga and Buck Bay, by Sharon Abreu


Prelude                             Give Yourself to Love, by Kate Wolf

Chalice Reading              From “A la recherche du temps perdu” (Remembrance of things past), Proust


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
This is our covenant.

Singing Together             Let There Be Peace on Earth, by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller

Children’s Focus             Magic Penny, by Malvina Reynolds

Children’s Blessing

We hold you in our love as you go, as you go.
May your heart be at peace as you go.
To nurture the spark of your precious life,
We hold you in our love as you go.


Mwssage                          Seeing Through Other Eyes

Sharing our Gifts            What Would Granny Say?, by Sharon Abreu

Singing Together            #123, Spirit of Life


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.


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. Visitors: you may wish to use a red cup — then we’ll know you’re open to a bit of orientation.

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


Please join us following the service today for the fall Social Environmental Justice Committee meeting and luncheon.  If you have a social or environmental justice project, or concerns that you would like to share, please plan to attend this important meeting.  New members and new ideas are always welcome, and we look forward to seeing you.


Taizé Service October 2 at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the BUF Sanctuary
Live in Each Season as it Passes
“Live in each season as it passes,” writes Henry David Thoreau and in that spirit, we invite you to join us for a time of singing and meditating by candlelight as we honor the passing of summer and the gentle movement into autumn.
We thank Steffany Raynes for the inspiration for this service. We’d love to have you join us either in person or via zoom for our monthly service.
Join by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97456974163?
Meeting ID: 974 5697 4163
Passcode: BET
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Rev. Tessie at Tessie@BUF.org


BUF’s Hidden Artists Exhibition Oct 8  11:30-1:30 in the Social Hall.
Come see and hear creative works  shared by our talented community. Refreshments and treats will be available with coffee and tea.


Pathways with Lunch  Saturday, October 28 10:00-2:00 pm
Meet others and learn about BUF and Unitarian Universalism! Register at: https://buf.breezechms.com/form/buf.breezechms.com212555 , contact Felice Davis at fdavis1944@gmail.com or just drop by the BUF office and sign up!


Annual Church Retreat—The Tradition Resumes this October 20-22!
Join us at the beautiful Saturna Resort on Silver Lake for the special one day retreat on Oct 21. To register for Oct 21st, paste this link in your browser https://buf.breezechms.com/form/buf.breezechms.com42. You can also register in the office or email genia@buf.org.
The resort has a large lodge, swimming docks, canoes and paddle boards to use and 113 acres of forest to explore.  Some private rooms and other housing accommodations are available for both Friday and Saturday, on a first come basis. Contact Genia@buf.org for more info and a payment form.


Mark your calendars for the November 11th Pre-Holiday Re-gifting and Re-purposing Your Treasures Sale.
We will have sign-ups available beginning after service on October 8th. There will be lots of ways you can help out! Drop-offs of selected items will begin Sunday, November 5th.  A list of what we can accept and what we do not want will be available on the 8th of October and you can pick up a list at our sign-up table. The planning group will meet again on Monday 10/2, at 2 pm, at BUF. Please join us if you are interested in helping out this upcoming BUF fundraiser.