10-2-2022 Order of Service

A Common Purpose

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 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                  Andrea Rackl, piano

Welcome                               Rev Paul Beckel


Chalice Lighting


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                 #347   Gather the Spirit

Children’s Focus                  The Principles Song,

led by Kevin Allen-Schmid

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.

Covenant of Beloved Community Anti-Racism Moment

Kaitlin Davis

Singing Together                 One Hundred Years Hence

Reflections, in 4 parts           CLICK TO VIEW “forms of social ministry” chart

Sharing our Gifts

Singing Together                 #1058  Be Ours a Religion

Benediction                          #569 “Stand by this Faith”

Singing Together #155

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.  

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. 

After the service today our Social and Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC) meets downstairs in the library, and our Partner Church Committee meets upstairs in the Flex Room, and then SEJC meets again on September 25.

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

Taizé Service Returns Monday, October 3rd at 7pm

After a summer hiatus, we are back and ready to sing and meditate with you by candlelight in the sanctuary and on Zoom.  If you join us in person at 7pm, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated and to wear a mask so that we can be accessible to as many as possible, especially the most vulnerable among us. Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/753181200   Meeting ID: 753 181 Passcode: BUF questions: Tessie@BUF.org


October 9 – Beloved Community is Like a Nurse Log

Rev Paul Beckel – On Sunday, September 18, I spoke about empathy as a natural inclination, and blocking-out empathy as a natural reaction to the trials of life. If that’s the case for us as individuals, what can families or a congregation offer to regenerate the best in us? Resilient, sustainable, regenerative community doesn’t come out of nowhere…but we are not nowhere. Forests are built and rebuilt on nurse logs. In what ways can BUF’s resources, including our own lives, be nurse logs for forests to come?


October 16 – Tragic Investment

James Addington and Rev Mel Hoover – James, author of Tragic Investment, is joined by Mel to talk about how race sabotages communities and jeopardizes America’s future—and what we can do about it. James’ book will be available, along with an invitation to continue the conversation in a series of classes over the next five Sunday afternoons (details to come).


Find Your Place at BUF   Find out what’s happening at BUF and how you can get involved!  Sunday, October 9, we will be holding a FIND YOUR PLACE AT BUF event during coffee hour in the social hall, with information tables hosted by leaders of over two dozen groups, committees and activities at BUF. To sweeten the deal we’ll have ice cream sundaes to enjoy while your stroll around finding out about everything from Fair Trade and Black Lives Matter, to Choir, and being a cook on Wednesday Nights. There is a place for everyone at BUF!


UU101: A class for new members or friends, anyone interested in the underlying foundations of Unitarian Universalism, or those who just want a refresher course. Six session beginning Sunday, October 9, from noon-1:30. Contact bonnie_phinney@hotmail.com or Paul@buf.org to register.


Study Sessions on the book Tragic Investment Author James Addington will lead five sessions about his book exploring “how race sabotages communities and jeopardizes America’s future – and what we can do about it”. Details to come in the Midweek Update.


Phone ministry – Callers Wanted A new part of BUF’s Caring Network, our Phone Ministry Team is made up of volunteers who are willing to call one or two individuals, approximately once a month, just to check in and chat. For info email carolatossetti@gmail.com