Sunday Service

COVID-19 update: During the pandemic, intergenerational worship services are held online every Sunday starting at 10:15 a.m. via Zoom. Services typically last about an hour and a half. We also offer Sunday School for young children from 9:45 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. For information on how to join, please contact us.

Buena Vista is a welcoming, family-friendly, multicultural, multigenerational community of faith open to all regardless of age, abilities, physical conditions, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, or place on one’s spiritual journey. We invite you to join us just as you are.

Our worship is Christ-centered and biblically grounded in a theology that embraces prayer, service, radical hospitality, and social justice. Sermons and children’s messages are based on the lectionary texts for the week, and our music combines traditional hymns, contemporary music, and jazz.

The sanctuary is intentionally set up to allow worship “in the round,” allowing us to see each other’s faces and affirming our belief that God is present in each of us, not just in the pastors and leaders. A table in the middle is both the literal and figurative center of our worship: As the place where the Lord’s Supper is served, it unites us to God and to each other through Jesus Christ.

On the first Sunday of the month we celebrate Holy Communion and share memorial remembrances for those who passed in that month.

Church school classes are provided from toddler through high school ages. Child care is also provided for infants and toddlers.

We share communion over a dining table that belonged to the late Nellie Takeda, whose warm hospitality made her kitchen an unofficial annex of the church for almost 50 years. Her daughter Judy Furuichi recalls people gathering around the table every Sunday—for lunch, UMW meetings, Bible study, etc., almost until the day Nellie passed.