The Embodied Soul

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 10:20 am

Online on Zoom:
Passcode: BUF

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

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Gathering Music                             Melanie Rieck – Selections from Requiem by Mozart

Words of Welcome                         Jeff Copeland

Prelude                                           Madeline McNeil & Melanie – O mio babbino caro

by Puccini

Opening Words

Hymn                                              #203 “All Creatures of the Earth and Sky”

Flaming Chalice


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.

BUF Choir                                     “Cornerstone,” by Kirchner, dir. by Kevin Allen-Schmid


Social & Environmental Justice Collection – Mary Humphries for RE-Sources

Offertory Music                             “Maria” by Bernstein

Hymn                                            #1007 “There’s a River Flowin’ in my Soul”

Closing Words

Closing Hymn #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

AFTERWARD:  Coffee Hour in the Social Hall

Congregational Meeting at Noon in the Sanctuary and on Zoom

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Upcoming Services

May 22 – Bring Forth Beauty – Rev. Paul Beckel
I’m unsure how to feel about beauty. I’m easily caught up by it. But is this reaction defensible from a moral and practical point of view? Isn’t beauty a distraction from more important realities? A trivial privilege in the grander scheme? And yet: does not beauty, in a broad sense, help me to recognize what is important? What is good?

Join us Sunday May 15th, after service (before the Congregational Meeting), in the social hall. The Happy Days Auction team will have a table and you can buy a ticket to the live event (space is limited!), volunteer to assist the auction team, buy raffle tickets, or get a donation form for an event or services, or for some donate-able treasure. The donation form is here and you can drop the completed form off or email to For more information about the auction or the live Happy Days event, call the BUF office or email


Special Sunday Service coming June 12!
Rena Priest, Lummi and Washington State poet laureate, will lead the service and we will celebrate after service with a catered salmon BBQ. Rena will provide a poetry workshop on Writing a Salmon Poem after the BBQ. More details to come.


Lunch With Paul is back!
Every Tuesday at noon in the BUF Social Hall, bring your lunch and join Paul and others for a wide-ranging conversation on whatever life brings this week


May 21 – Choir of the Salish Sea presents Concert for Ukraine at BUF, 3 pm and 7:30 pm
Songs of home, exile, war, resilience and peace combine to create a moving message of support for the beleaguered people of Ukraine. The tenor and bass voices of the choir will soothe and stir your heart with hauntingly beautiful songs from Eastern Europe and other zones of conflict throughout the ages. $20 General/$5 Veterans and Students Tickets from BrownPaperTickets $5 from each ticket sold, plus a free-will offering, will aid Ukrainian refugee relief The Choir of the Salish Sea is a 501c3 nonprofit organization


May 22 – Join the Voyage to the Beloved Community on Sunday, after service
We took big steps toward becoming accountable and developing liberated relationships with ourselves and our Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Queer community. Overarching questions arose at the Launch event that can guide us as we move forward. How does BUF progress along the continuum? What does a “Stage 5” BUF look like? Please join us to hear from the 2nd round of teams, including the BUF Board, on May 22! RSVP to


RE Family Potluck Picnic – May 22
We welcome families with young children/youth to join us at Lake Padden for a potluck picnic on Sunday, May 22, from noon until 2:00. We will have some fun activities in the park for the children while parents get a chance to meet and catch up with one another. We’ll meet at the Rotary shelter by the children’s playground on the east side of the lake. BUF will provide chicken pieces, drinks and dinner ware – please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Can’t wait to see you all for some fun family fellowship!


May 25 – BLM Memorial at Fouts Park, 5:00pm -6:30pm
On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, Bellingham comes together to honor the thousands of BIPOC lives lost to unchecked violence and systemic racism in the US. Join us at the BUF event dedicated to Gorge Floyd and other lives lost to violence. We hope to see you there.