11-5-2023 Order of Service


Sunday, November 5, 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

What we call a beginning is often the end
and to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive
where we started
and know the place for the first time.

— T.S. Eliot

A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

— Cherie Carter-Scott,
in “The Rules of Being Human”

Gathering Music             Improv, Andrea Rackl, piano

Welcome                          Rev Paul Beckel

Prelude                             By the Spring, by Gurlitt

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            #1054, Let this be a House of Peace

Children’s Focus            Henry’s Awful Mistake, by Robert Quackenbush

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.

Interlude                         “In the garden” & “Dry Branch”

Reka Zoltan and Jane Ronca-Washburn

New Member Ceremony  Jane Lowrey, Rina Jurceka, John Jurceka

Meditation                      “The Woodcarver,” by Chuang Tzu

Reflections, Part 1        

Singing Together           #396, I Know this Rose will Open

Reflections, Part 2

Sharing our Gifts            Gigue in E, by Bach

Singing Together            Life Calls Us On

Benediction                     #568, “Connections are Made Slowly”

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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