10-29-2023 Order of Service

I Approve this Message

Sunday, October 29, 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             TJ Anderson, 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
This is our covenant.

Singing Together             #1074, Turn the World Around

Children’s Focus             When I am Older, Jessica Cartwright, from Frozen II

Costume Parade/Exit      Teddy Bears’ Picnic


Special Music                   Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

by Yip Harburg, Jim Reimer, vocalist

Reflections, Part 1           Beth Nyblade

— “Red Docs, Blue Docs,” read by Grace Nyblade

Video                                 “Defending Against the Boggart”

Reflections, Part 2

Tribute                              to Marian Beddill

Sharing our Gifts 

Singing Together            Over the Rainbow, Yip Harburg


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


Find more about any of the following by calling the BUF office at 360-733-3837, or on buf.org.
While there, subscribe to our newsletter, the MidWeek Update.

Adult Religious Education
The Spirit in Practice class will be just two sessions; November 8 and 15. For questions or to register, email genia@buf.org


Black Lives Matter Movie Night
Friday, Nov 3  6pm-8.30pm  Since I Been Down


Fall Grounds Clean-Up
Saturday, Nov 4, 9 to noon. We rake, trim, and do general cleanup outside, with coffee and treats for break-time. Dress warmly, bring your favorite tools and gloves More info: Jim Reimer jdreimer@comcast.net


Interweave Organizing Meeting
On Sunday, November 12, 12:00 – 1:30, there will be an organizing meeting for Interweave, the UU program to fight the oppression of LGBTQIA2S+ and allies.


Thanksgiving Day Potluck
Thursday November 23 1 PM Set Up and Socializing; 3 PM Dinner We will provide turkey, you all will provide the trimmings. RSVP Mark Allyn allyn@well.com. Please indicate how many people and what you plan to bring.

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

The living tradition we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.