9-11-2022 Order of Service

Water Communion

Sunday, September 11, 2022, 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                              I’ve Got Peace Like a River     arr. Mark Hayes,

Melanie Rieck, piano

Welcome & Announcements         Carrie Koehnline & Rev. Paul Beckel

Prelude                                            Shenandoah                             arr. Phillip Keveren

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 creation. This is our covenant.

Singing Together                             #188 Come, Come Whoever You Are

#163 For the Earth Forever Turning

Children’s Focus                              Water Dance, by Thomas Locker

Meditation / Silence

Reflections on the Water

Interlude                                            Wings by Melody Bober

Water Communion                           Waters of the East — beginnings

Waters of the South — fullness

Waters of the West — harvest

Waters of the North — rest & renewal

Sharing our Gifts                             I Will Arise                                arr. Mark Hayes

Blesssing / Merging of the Waters              written by Rev Fran Manly

Blessed be these waters, gathered here from far and near;
Blessed be the hands that gathered these waters and poured them out;
Blessed be the sharing of our lives and our stories that make this community a font of living water.
Blessed be those whose lives are touched by these waters that their thirst may be quenched;
Blessed be those whose lives are like flowing springs, who bring refreshment to those who are parched;
Blessed be this community of memory and hope; which in its coming together and in its sharing of joy and sorrow, blesses all who come here, and makes these waters holy.

BUF Chalice Choir                             We Rise Again, by Leon Dubinsky,

directed by Kevin Allen-Schmid


Singing Together                              #1064 Blue Boat Home

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.  

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. 

After the service today our Social and Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC) meets downstairs in the library, and our Partner Church Committee meets upstairs in the Flex Room, and then SEJC meets again on September 25.

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


Upcoming Services

September 18 — Empathy – Rev Paul Beckel
I’m not sure if empathy comes from our sense of connection with one another, or if our sense of connection with one another comes from empathy. But I do know that if we are open to it, we can experience in our own bodies and souls a bit of what others are experiencing.

If you are leading a group that will need space for any meeting or activity at BUF, please do not take it for granted that you can just show up and find a space. We have lots of new activities, small groups, renters, etc. using the building, so please contact our administrator, Kathy Wahto, well in advance to reserve a space: admin@buf.org / 360-733-3837


COVID Policy Update BUF’s Covid Task Force has worked hard to meet the varying needs and comfort levels of the members of the congregation. During the first 18 months of the pandemic, we held zoom services exclusively. When we resumed in person services in the Fall of 2021, we limited the number of people, spaced the pews farther apart, and required vaccinations and masking. We installed a new ventilation system that has a rapid recirculation of fresh air. Gradually we have been loosening the restrictions. In April 2022, following the relaxing of the state mandate requiring masking, we made masks optional. Since then we’ve added coffee hour, choir rehearsals and performances, but had held off allowing for full seating and sit down meals. At this point, the COVID Task Force has recommended, and the Board has approved, reopening fully. We still encourage people to be fully vaccinated – including boosters – but we no longer require attendees to be vaccinated or masked.

As conditions change, we will continue to follow State, local, and CDC guidelines. Should you or anyone with whom you’ve had close contact feel unwell, or if you have a positive COVID test, please follow CDC guidelines around quarantining: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html

We appreciate your understanding, ongoing caution, and consideration for one another.


A Memorial Service for Alice Litton will be held in the sanctuary on Saturday, September 17 at 1 pm, with a reception to follow. Please contact Annie Sorich if you can help with or bring refreshments to the reception: aesorich@gmail.com


Please see buf.org for info about joining the Choir, the upcoming Women’s Retreat, Children’s Religious Education, and “UU the Vote,” our participation in the UUA national campaign to encourage voting.