6-2-2024 Order of Service

Building Bridges

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 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                              Kevin Allen-Schmid

Welcome                                          Genia Allen-Schmid, Rev Paul Beckel

Prelude                                             Make Me Cry, song by Jacob Collier

Chalice Lighting                              Emma Kusick, Jane Epperson


Child Dedication                              for Aubrey and Lars Almskaar-Burke

Parents: Eleanor Burke and Carsten Almskaar

Blessing                                            You and I drink this water / You and I breathe this air

You and I walk this holy ground / You and I live here

{They and we … / All of us … / You and I …}


Building Bridges                              Claire Lending, Eloise Reynolds, Eli Kusick,

Simon Gonzalez-Mackey, Jane Epperson, Emma Kusick

Singing Together                             #1023, Building Bridges

Bridging Ceremony                         Noreen Fujita-Sacco for Pam Ives

Jesse Reynolds, parents: Roz and Jed Reynolds

Offertory                                          Donkey Doodle, violin solo, Emma Kusick

Looking Forward                            Annie Sorich

Singing Together                            #1059, May Your Life Be As a Song  

Singing Together                            #155, Circle Round


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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Building Bridges Topics and Field Trips

Introduction to World Religion
– The impulse for religion, polytheism, monotheism, timeline of world religions

– The life of Jesus
– Intro to Catholicism, evening Mass at Assumption Catholic Church, talk with Father Jeffrey Moore
– Protestantism, the Great Schism, the Great Awakening
– Sunday service at Northlake Community Church (Evangelical)

– Intro to Judaism with Sarah Witte of Congregation Beth Israel
– Friday Shabbat service and potluck at Beth Israel, talk with Rabbi Joshua Samuels
– Hannukah party at Beth Israel
– Passover Seder at Witte’s home with a history of Passover

– Mohammad and the Koran, the Five Pillars, role of women, Sunni/Shiite divide
– Friday noon prayers at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound Mosque, Redmond, with Oraib Khalifeh and Fatima Emaan

– The Five Ks, reincarnation, karma
– Sunday service and Langar at Sikh Temple with Rose Kaur

– Siddartha, the Four Noble Truths, the Eight-Fold path, reincarnation, karma
– Guided meditation with Karen Fitzgerald

– “Seeking Safely” with Carrie Koehnline

Unitarian Universalism
– History of Unitarianism, Universalism, merger, Principles and Sources