5-9-2021 Order of Service

To Nurture, To Be Nurtured

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

May 9, 2021, 10:20 am

Online on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/738363620
Passcode: BUF

By phone, for audio only: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 738 363 620
Passcode: 306220

Giving Options:

Please mail donations, payable to “BUF” to 1207 Ellsworth, Bellingham WA, 98225

Or donate online at buf.org

Or from your phone, use “Give+” for iPhone / Android


Blue song titles contain a link to a commentary on that song

Announcements further below

Zoom Hosts: Walt Ellis, Jeff Copeland


Gathering Music                    Andrea Rackl

Welcome                                Rev Paul Beckel

Chalice Lighting / Covenant             

Singing Together                    #163 For the Earth Forever Turning


Children’s Focus                     Little Pink Pup, by Johanna Kerby

Meditation / Milestones                     

Auction Guide                        Lauralee Carbone

Interlude                                 23rd Psalm,

sung by Elie Friedlob, Jane Ronca-Washburn, Kevin Allen-Schmid

Anti-Racism                           Cat McIntyre

Reflections                             Su Livingston

Singing Together                    #84 How Far can Reach a Smile



Singing Together                    #23 Bring Many Names

Benediction / Extinguishing the Chalice                   

Circle Round              


Afterward: a series of 10-Minute Breakout Rooms
Stay with us. We’ll break into small randomized groups for about 10 minutes. Then the groups will be juggled for another 10 minute period. Stay as long as you like to meet newcomers, and people that you might not otherwise have met … check-in on one another’s well-being … and reflect on the theme of today’s service.

Our BUF Covenant

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 creation. This is our covenant.


For the Earth Forever Turning

For the earth forever turning; for the skies, for ev’ry sea;
for our lives, for all we cherish, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the mountains, hills, and pastures in their silent majesty;
for the stars, for all the heavens, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the sun, for rain and thunder, for the seasons’ harmony,
for our lives, for all creation, sing we our joyful praise to Thee.

For the world we raise our voices, for the home that gives us birth;
in our joy we sing returning home to our bluegreen hills of earth.


How Far can Reach a Smile

How far can reach a smile,
how high a helping hand can lift?
How far is far enough to give?

Is there a way to learn
just how a kindness speaks or where it goes?
Should love be caught to hold?

For God pours out this love
in all that lives, through God we see that
Life can never cease to give.

If we then think our small
amount of help would not go far —
and so don’t give, would we still live?


Bring Many Names

Bring many names, beautiful and good;
celebrate in parable and story,
holiness in glory, living, loving God:
hail and hosanna, bring many names.

Strong mother God, working night and day,
planning all the wonders of creation,
setting each equation, genius at play:
hail and hosanna, strong mother God!

Warm father God, hugging ev’ry child,
feeling all the strains of human living,
caring and forgiving till we’re reconciled:
hail and hosanna, warm father God!

Old, aching God, grey with endless care,
calmly piercing evil’s new disguises,
glad of new surprises, wiser than despair:
hail and hosanna, old, aching God!

Young, growing God, eager still to know,
willing to be changed by what you’ve started,
quick to be delighted, singing as you go:
hail and hosanna, young, growing God!

Great, living God, never fully known,
joyful darkness far beyond our seeing,
closer yet than breathing, everlasting home:
hail and hosanna, great, living God!




BUF is Hiring

a full time Administrator, and part time Bookkeeper.
Find more info here: https://wp.buf.org/administration-overview/employment/


Annual Congregational Meeting

On Sunday May 23 at 1:00, the annual congregational meeting will be held via Zoom. Barbara Gilday, head of the nominating committee, will present the three candidates for Board trustee positions and she will present the five candidates for next year’s Nominating Committee. Our treasurer, Sky Hedman, will present the proposed 2021-22 budget. We will vote on the Board and Nominating Committee candidates and on the budget. Please join us.


The BUF Auction is online at www.togetherauction.com/buf

Bidding will run from May 9-23. But you can go to the website to view the items starting now! We will be adding donated items from now until the auction starts.

AND – we need donations!

After a couple of years focused on services and events (instead of physical items) as an aid to building community – we are now welcoming/encouraging physical items. So do you have a Maker in your family? Someone gifted with wood working or fabrics? An exercise treadmill languishing in your closet? A bike rack but you no longer have bikes? Donate them to BUF! You can also donate an event (like a tea party) or service (like offering to power-wash for 2 hours) – but please be explicit about your requirements regarding vaccination status, masking, social distancing, etc.

We will be at the BUF front lobby from 4-6 PM on the week before the auction starts to accept your donation. Getting donations earlier in the week is most helpful as we want to get the photos and posting up as soon as possible.

We have a budget goal to reach $10k from this fund-raising event. That’s a high bar for an online-only event. However, the auction is open to anyone and everyone. All BUF members are pre-registered (your phone number is your login and your last 4 digits of your phone are your password). If someone is not registered they are able to register online – but then have to send a request to get a bidding/paddle number assigned to them (this allows us to confirm legitimate interest).

Pickups and payments (cash, credit card, check, Give+ app) happen from 3-6 pm May 24-26th at the BUF front door.

Please line up your donations and mark your calendar to review the catalogue. You can save items to your ‘favorites’ list. The high bidder for each item at 5 pm on May 23rd will be the winner.

Thanks much The BUF Auction Team
Debbie Boots, Lauralee Carbone, Pam Ives, Hank Ohana