9-4-2022 Order of Service

Does What I Do Matter?

Sunday, September 4, 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                             Buds and Blossoms by Cornelius Gurlitt

Melanie Rieck, piano

Welcome & Announcements         Rev. Paul Beckel

Prelude                                            Sunken Cathedral by Claude Debussy

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

Gathered here in the mystery of the hour
Gathered here in one strong body
Gathered here in the struggle and the power
Spirit draw near


Reflections Part 1

Interlude                                           Etude by Stephen Heller

Reflections Part 2

Meditation                                        Start Close In, by David Whyte

Sharing our Gifts                             “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustave Holst

Singing Together                             This Little Light of Mine


Be ours a religion which, like sunshine, goes everywhere;
its temple, all space; its shrine, the good heart;
its creed, all truth; its ritual, works of love;
its profession of faith, divine living.

Rev. Theodore Parker


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

Start Close In

by David Whyte

Start close in, don’t take the second step or the third,

start with the first thing close in,

the step you don’t want to take.

Start with the ground you know,

the pale ground beneath your feet,

your own way of starting the conversation.

Start with your own question,

give up on other people’s questions,

don’t let them smother something simple.

To find another’s voice, follow your own voice,

wait until that voice becomes a private ear

listening to another.

Start right now take a small step you can call your own

don’t follow someone else’s heroics,

be humble and focused, start close in,

don’t mistake that other for your own.


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. 

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 11 — Water Communion – Rev Paul Beckel
Please bring a splash of water this Sunday (if you will be joining us on Zoom, or are unavailable Sunday, come by on Saturday from 9-11 am. I’ll be outside the front door with our beautiful Water Communion bowl and extra water). In our annual Water Communion ritual, we recognize what we have in common with one another and with all of life.

Calling all Cooks – for Community Night Dinners
Wednesday night dinners will resume this fall and if you want to make friends whilst whipping up delicious food in our kitchen, this is for you. No cooking skill is required – all you have to do is follow your team leader, stir and slice. If you’re interested, or would like to hear more, contact genia@BUF.org. Allow your inner Julia Child to blossom!


Social and Environmental Justice Committee – Upcoming Meetings
We want to invite you to request any social justice topics, agenda items, etc for one of our upcoming social and environmental justice meetings.

9/11 is our program meeting.  If you have any action or program items to discuss, please send your request to Deb Cruz  dwcruz@comcast.net  Deadline 9/3

9/25 is our business meeting.  If you have a committee business item or your item requests a decision by the committee, send your request to Kara Black karab@treefrognight.com deadline 9/3 Please include content, time requested and whether it is an information, discussion or decision item