11-26-2023 Order of Service

Grief and Gratitude

Sunday, November 26, 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                          Carrie Koehnline


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            #21, For the Beauty of the Earth

Children’s Focus            The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst

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.

Reflections, Part 1        


Reflections, Part 2

Sharing our Gifts 

Singing Together            #322, Thanks be for These         


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

Welcoming Children

There’s space up front with materials for drawing. For the more rambunctious, there’s a nursery at the back where parents can see and hear what’s going on in the sanctuary. Most Sundays, after 10-15 minutes in the sanctuary, kids are invited to go to their classrooms.


Accessibility / Restrooms

Hearing assistance devices are available from the ushers. The elevator will take you to any level of the building; each level has accessible restrooms. Single-user restrooms are at the back of the sanctuary (opposite side from the main sanctuary entry).


At buf.org you can

  • Find Zoom links to Sunday services, and to our Taize services, which are held at 7 pm on the first-Monday of each month
  • Explore programs and events on the calendar—newcomers are welcome at all BUF activities
  • Subscribe to our newsletter: The MidWeek Update, and to our list-serv: BUF-news
  • Also online, type “Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship into a YouTube search to find recordings of Sunday and Taize services
  • For real-person help with any of this, contactour Administrator, Michelle: 360-733-3837 / admin@buf.org