On the Boundary between Helping and Not-Helping

Sunday, August14, 2022, 10:25 am

Online on Zoom:
Passcode: BUF

Zoom by phone, for audio only: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 738 363 620
Passcode: 306220

Gathering Music                          Max Suwarno, piano

Welcome                                      Pam Graham & Rev. Paul Beckel


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                         #83 Winds be Still




Reflections, Part 1

Musical Meditation 

Reflections, Part 2

Sharing our Gifts 

Singing Together                         #116 I’m on my Way         


May I have the Courage to change the things I can,
The Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
May I have patience with things that take time,
Appreciation for all that I have,
Tolerance for those with different struggles,
And the Strength to get up and try again, one day at a time.

Singing Together                         Circle ‘Round (#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


If you’re with us on Zoom today, please stay after the service for our online version of 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 yellow 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 or contact the office: (360) 733-3837 /


You are invited to an Ice Cream Social at BUF on Saturday, Aug 20th from 2pm-4pm.
All are welcome to this family-friendly summer event. It will be a fun opportunity to meet and greet bufsters old and new. Ice cream, sorbet and sundae toppings, in the Social Hall and the back courtyard.


Save the date for Fall Women’s Retreat, Saturday, Sept. 24.
It will be a great way to start the church year and a chance to make new friends and deepen old relationships.  More details to come.  If you would like to help with the planning, contact


A memorial service and reception is planned for Alice Litton, on Saturday, Sept 17 at 1pm.


Volunteer at BUF to take action in a nonpartisan way, through UU the Vote
“a coordinated national movement of communities working together to fight for justice, accountability, and equity.” We hope to meet (either in person or on Zoom) to learn about, and participate in actions including post card writing and phone banking. More info, contact