9-25-2022 Order of Service

Non-Violence for Our Time

Sunday, September 25, 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              Andrea Rackl, piano improv

Prelude                                Save the Country, by Laura Nyro, sung by Elie Friedlob

Shofar                                David Cohn

Chalice Lighting               Rev Paul Beckel

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.

Singing Together             #214   Shabbat Shalom

Children’s Focus              The Blind People and the Elephant

Anthem                                Avinu Malkeynu (Our Father, Our King)

Translation from the Hebrew: Our Father, Our King, keep our country far from pestilence, war and famine, Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth

Phoenix Ensemble directed by Kevin Allen-Schmid; Rick Steele, Lizz Roberts, solos; Andrea Rackl, piano; Barry Ulman, clarinet

Children’s Blessing         We hold you in our love as you go, as you go.

May your heart be at peace as you go. To nurture the spark

of your precious life, we hold you in our love as you go.

Singing Together             #216 Hashiveinu

Translation from the Hebrew: Turn us back, O Lord, to you, and we will turn. Renew our days as before.

Reflections                        In 3 parts, by David Curley

(We’ll take some time for personal reflections on the following questions during breaks in David’s remarks)


Gandhi used the discipline of daily silent meditation to cultivate equanimity, or “even-mindedness with regard to friend and foe alike.” How do you cultivate such equanimity before, during, and after challenging interactions?


What fears keep you from investing yourself in Beloved Community? Is it hard to do so because it’s not safe to trust a community to live out its ideals? What would you do if you weren’t afraid?



Singing Together             #178   Raghupati

Translation from the Hindi: Praise King Ram, Lord of the Raghu dynasty. Praise Sita Ram, also known as Ishwar (Allah), who purifies even the sinners. May He give everyone noble thoughts

Sharing our Gifts             Forlana, by Gerald Finzi

Singing Together             #400 Shalom Havayreem (“Peace, Friends”)

Benediction                       #637 “A Litany of Atonement” (words below)

Singing Together #155  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

A Litany of Atonement, by Rev Rob Eller Isaacs


For remaining silent when a single voice would have made a difference.

We forgive ourselves and each other, we begin again in love.

 For each time that our fears have made us rigid and inaccessible.

We forgive ourselves and each other, we begin again in love.

 For each time that we have struck out in anger without just cause

We forgive ourselves and each other, we begin again in love.

 For each time that our greed has blinded us to the needs of others

We forgive ourselves and each other, we begin again in love.

 For the selfishness which sets us apart and alone

We forgive ourselves and each other, we begin again in love.

 For falling short of the admonitions of the spirit

We forgive ourselves and each other, we begin again in love.

 For losing sight of our unity

We forgive ourselves and each other, we begin again in love.

For those and for so many acts both evident and subtle which have fueled the illusion of separateness

            We forgive ourselves and each other, we begin again in love.


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


UU101: A class for new members or friends, anyone interested in the underlying foundations of Unitarian Universalism, or those who just want a refresher course. Six session beginning Sunday, October 9, from noon-1:30. Contact bonnie_phinney@hotmail.com or Paul@buf.org to register.


Taizé Service Monday, October 3rd at 7pm Sing and meditate by candlelight in the sanctuary and on Zoom. If you join us in person, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated and to wear a mask so we can be accessible to as many as possible, especially the most vulnerable among us. Here’s the Taizé link: https://zoom.us/j/753181200 Passcode: BUF


Study Sessions on the book Tragic Investment Author James Addington will lead five sessions about his book exploring “how race sabotages communities and jeopardizes America’s future – and what we can do about it”. Details to come in the Midweek Update.


Chalice Circles One of the best ways to feel like you belong, are valued, and cared for at BUF is to join a Chalice Circle. These small groups of 6-10 people meet monthly to connect, share, and explore spiritual/religious questions. We encourage newcomers and those of you who might feel disconnected after 2 1/2 years of pandemic to consider joining one. Please contact Genia@buf.org


Find Your Place At BUF

Find out what’s happening at BUF and how you can get involved!  Sunday, October 9, we will be holding a FIND YOUR PLACE AT BUF event during coffee hour in the social hall, with information tables hosted by leaders of over two dozen groups, committees and activities at BUF. To sweeten the deal we’ll have ice cream sundaes to enjoy while your stroll around finding out about everything from Fair Trade and Black Lives Matter, to Choir, and being a cook on Wednesday Nights. There is a place for everyone at BUF!


UU the Vote, Oct 2 and Oct 16 at Noon

We will be writing nonpartisan “Get out the Vote” postcards today in the Flex Room in October. Come and join us to have fun and make a difference by handwriting postcards to infrequent Georgia voters. Ask Claire for more information clairelending@gmail.com.


HOMECOMING POTLUCK Join us for a “Homecoming” potluck lunch in the social hall right after church on Sunday, October 2, to celebrate each other and our continued walk down the road towards normalcy at our spiritual home! Please bring a dish to share (green jello anyone?); BUF will provide the beverages. Everyone is heartily invited, from brand new folks to old timers! Let’s mark the start of a new church year with a good old-fashioned sit-down meal at The Welcome Table!