9-18-2022 Order of Service


Sunday, September 18, 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                              Sinfonia (Overture), from Messiah,

by G.F. Handel, Kevin Allen-Schmid, piano

Welcome & Announcements         Rod Haynes & Rev. Paul Beckel

Prelude                                            Simple Gifts, arr. Chrissy Ricker

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                             #311, Let it be a Dance

Children’s Focus

Reflections                                       Rod


Covenant of Beloved Community
Anti-Racism Moment
                     Naomi Gary

Vocal Ensemble                              Hymn of Promise, Natalie Sleeth, adapted

Reflections                                      Paul

Social & Environmental Justice Collection – for Humanitas

Singing Together                            #368, Now Let Us Sing

Benediction                                    #521

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 25 — Non-Violence in Our Time
David Curley shares his insights about Gandhi’s approach to bringing justice into being without hatred for those who used their power to dominate and oppress.

Taize Begins Again
Taize, our evening service of quiet reflection, candles, and gentle music is held on the first Monday of each month at 7 pm. Please join us on Monday, October 3, at 7 pm, either in person or via zoom. See the upcoming Midweek Update for the Zoom link.


Bonnie Phinney and Paul Beckel will offer UU 101 beginning Sunday, October 9, from noon-1:30. Its purpose is to make connections, share our UU spiritual and ethical development, and to learn how to more fully understand AND articulate your UU faith. This 6 session class is designed for new members or friends, anyone interested in the underlying foundations of Unitarian Universalism, or those who just want a refresher course on our faith.
Contact bonnie_phinney@hotmail.com or Paul@buf.org to register.


Women’s Retreat
It is not too late to sign up for the Women’s Retreat Saturday September 24 at the Cannery Lodge at Semiahmoo 9-4. Our theme is Fun and Frolic! For those who identify as women, come to connect and have fun. Please register at https://buf.breezechms.com/form/buf.breezechms.com3292

If you have any questions email clairelending@gmail.com


UU the Vote
We will be writing nonpartisan “Get out the Vote” postcards today (Sept 18) in the Flex Room (third floor) at noon. Come and join us to have fun and make a difference by handwriting postcards to infrequent Georgia voters. We will also meet Oct 2 and Oct 16 at noon. Ask Claire for more information clairelending@gmail.com.