11-12-2023 Order of Service

“…To Nurture the Spark of your Precious Life”

Sunday, November 12, 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              Short pieces by Schumann, Turk, Kirchner & Mozart

Melanie Rieck, piano

Welcome                          Rev Paul Beckel and Steffany Raynes

Prelude                             Lark in the Clear Air, by Sir Samuel Ferguson

Chalice Lighting              This Little Light of Mine – led by Su Livingston


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            Szekely Aldas, Spirit of Life

Children’s Focus            Annie Sorich, Courtney Pocock, Erin Vonnahme

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.

Singing Together            Let there be Peace on Earth

Beloved-Community Moment     Beth Brownfield

Reflections                      Steffany Raynes

Chalice Choir                  Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal

Reflections                      Paul Beckel

Congregational Sharing 

Social & Environmental Justice Collection    Jane Ronca-Washburn

for BUF’s Partner, The Unitarian Church of Magyarszovat, Romania

Sharing our Gifts            Blind Mary & Shenandoah

in style of Celtic Harp, by Kim Robertson

Singing Together            #1011, Return Again 


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.

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