12-31-2023 Order of Service

What Tends Your Wholeness In These Divisive Times?

Sunday, December 31, 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

Welcome                          Steffany Raynes and Su Livingston

Prelude                             Anthem, written and performed by Su Livingston

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.

Children’s Focus            Anna Matheson, We are all the Waves of One Sea


  • Liz Copeland           quilt “Gaia’s Dance”
  • Jeff Copeland          essay “Mrs. Buckingham”
  • Lee Willis                “Directions,” a poem by Rick Hermann
  • Steffany Raynes      art and poem “Trees Lean In”

Singing Together            #108, My Life Flows on in Endless Song

led by Lisa Heezen & Rev Tessie Mandeville


  • Maren Larson           watercolor “My First Coat”
  • Pam Graham            textile art
  • Tessie Mandeville     “I Name Them One by One”

Sharing Our Gifts              Tessie and Lisa, Filled with Loving Kindness


  • Susan Pope Kramer    painting “Eruption”
  • Jan Cavitt                     poem
  • Lizz Roberts                 You Will Be Found
    & Grace Nyblade
  • Rod Haynes                  photography
  • Ann Stevenson             Parting Glass
    & Karen Nuckles-Flynn,
    & Jane Ronca-Washburn
  • Lin Skavdahl                 photography
    “Nature Keeps Me Going”
  • Constance Ohana         painting “Renewal”
  • Tom Nicholas                poem by Gary Snyder ‘Without”,
    song Voice Still and Small
  • Carolyn Koehnline         poem “The Pleasure of Puzzling”
  • Steffany                         “Kit and Caboodle/Coda and Caboose”
    a poem by Betty Scott

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.


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