October Grand Service 2018

Aloha Pearl Church ohana!

October is the month of the founding of the teachings when God the Parent received Oyasama as His living shrine on October 26, 1838 and conveyed the teachings through the spoken word, the writing brush and by example through Oyasma’s 50-year Divine Model.  All Tenrikyo churches will be commemorating this day of Origin at their respective Monthly Service day.  Please join us this Sunday at the Pearl Church October Grand Service at 10:00am.

October Grand Service
October 14, 2018, 10am

Tenriko Pearl Church
1634 10th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

At the same time let us pray for the others we know who are ill or injured and for the victims and survivors of conflict and disasters around the world.

The Mission HQ of Hawaii (Dendocho) has been making contributions toward relief aid: $2k for the Philippines Super Typhoon Mangkhut, $2k for the Western Japan flooding, $2k for the Big Island Lava damage, and $2k for Hurricane Lane relief.  There’s more to come including Hurricane Florence and Michael in the Carolinas and Florida and the earthqake in tsunami in Indonesia.  All these combined will virtually deplete the MHQ Emergency disaster relief fund and we need to step up and replenish those funds so that we may continue to lend that helping hand to those in need.  Please donate whatever you can to help replenish the disaster relief fund!

Sincerely,
Rev. Owen and Taeko Nakao

Jarrett Foundation Annual Dinner & Silent Auction 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
Doors open at 5:30 pm

$1,000 Gold Table (10 seats in front)
$650.00 Reserve Table (10 seats)
$65.00 Individual Seat

Please join us as we celebrate our 2018 Circle of Honor Inductees!

Jarrett Foundation Dinner Application & Flier 2018

Deadline: October 19, 2018

Please see attached for application form and mail to:

Jarrett Middle School
1903 Palolo Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816

Annual Dinner Chair: Owen Nakao
cel: (808) 381-9612 email: owen.nakao@gmail.com

Monthly Service Reminder, Sunday, 9/10, 10am

Hurricane Harvey has caused massive flooding resulting in loss of life and property damage estimated in the billions.

Why does God allow this to happen? Where is God’s love in all this? Some people may say that this is part of God’s plan or God’s in control of everything. If God is all powerful why does God allow this to happen?

This and more as we pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and conduct the Service for Universal Salvation at Pearl Church

Sunday, September 10, 2017
10:00 a.m.

1634 10th Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii

Ph: 808-734-1449

Sincerely,
Rev. Owen and Taeko Nakao

Monthly Sermon – August 2017

Good morning. I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to attend the August Monthly Service here at Pearl Church and thank you for your kind and sincere offerings. I am sure God the Parent and Oyasama is really happy to see you all here today and to have performed the service with joy and in high spirits!

The Kanrodai Toppling, a Wakeup Call

On July 26, last month on the day of the monthly service, right before the evening service, an intruder rush toward the Kanrodai which is located in the center of the four-sided sanctuary and toppled the Kanrodai. Just the bottom 2 layers of the 13 layered stand remained. Each layer has a tenon and mortise connecting the layers.

According an article in the Tenri Jiho weekly newspaper, July 30, 2017, the Rev. Hiroaki Yamazawa, the director of Religious Affairs, said that this is a very serious incident and that he feels terribly sorry to God the Parent and the everliving Oyasama for this to happen.

The Kanrodai is placed on the Jiba as proof of creation and is situated in the center of the four worship halls, North, South, East and West.

The Jiba is the place where God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto resides and is the very spot where human beings were created.

The Kanrodai is a sacred stand that marks the exact spot of creation, the center and symbol of worship. Ten persons representing the ten aspects of God’s providence perform the Kagura Service around the Kanrodai.

I heard that the perpetuator was mentally ill. But whatever happens is a message from God. We should all take this seriously and reflect on God’s message.

Rev. Yamazawa wrote that this incident is nothing but a wakeup call for each of us to reflect on whether we are in accord with the Teachings of God the Parent. We may have strayed off the Path according to our own thinking or convenience. Through this “knot,” however, we should once again realign our faith exactly in accord with God’s intention. I would like to reflect on my own faith, on how we should use our mind on a daily basis.

Faith in our daily life

People who have faith are already showing it in their daily life through their use of words and actions. It’s not just going to church and putting your hands together in prayer. It’s through their positive and hopeful attitude expressed in what they say and how they behave. It’s not just a small part of their life, but they show it every day in their daily activities.

To sprinkle a good fragrance to the people is not necessarily stating the teachings, but the real fragrance is conveyed through our words and actions: such as showing kindness, generosity and caring. The people seeing this will receive the good fragrance of the teachings.

The late Rev. Genjiro Kashiwara, who was a honbuin (Church HQ staff), received many brilliant and magnificent blessings through his Sazuke prayer. Someone once asked him, how is it that he can receive such blessings? He answered, “God does not only answer Kashiwara’s prayers. Anyone can receive the power of answered prayers.

However, people tend to offer lies to God the Parent. God does not like falsehood and flattery. People are unknowingly dedicated to offering falsehood to God the Parent. That’s why they cannot receive a blessing.

“I don’t perform false deeds,” he says, “I always try to follow the teachings and follow Oyasama’s words. I do not follow or practice falsehood. If you do exactly as God teaches, and what Oyasama says, then you will receive God’s blessings.”

He said, “You must do what you say and say what you do.

Rev. Kashiwara was not double faced. He was a very straight forward person and you could tell that he did not have a trace of deception or falsehood in his veins. (from Satoshi Satori, p341 by Rev. Sawada, Matataro.)

I believe Rev. Kashiwara is saying that we should be true to the faith by practicing the teachings in our daily life.

What’s the difference between a person of faith and a person without faith? / The person who has faith in God has an appreciation of the blessings of nature, always tries to correct his mistakes and reflects upon himself to become a better person. / However even a persons who do not have faith are also children of God who live together with us in this universe in heaven and earth, the bosom of God. We all drink the water of nature which gushes from the earth and consume the food that is grown from it. The difference is how we appreciate these wonderful blessings. Those who recognize and appreciate the blessings will show it in their daily actions.

In our daily lives, sometimes we tend to criticize other people’s faults without realizing the same faults in ourselves. There’s a saying that says: “A person’s faults, is nothing but your reflection like a mirror.” Oyasama also said that when you notice someone’s fault, you are to reflect and realize that that’s also your fault as well. / So when we see a fault in someone, we should realize that that is a fault in ourselves. All the people we meet in our life are teachers. Therefore faith is not only going to church, but that it’s part of our everyday life. It’s how we use our mind and show it in our behavior.

An old Chinese proverb says:

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words;
watch your words, they become your actions;
watch your actions, they become your habits;
watch your habits, they become your character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Even in small steps, let us practice the teachings of God the Parent and Oyasama in our daily lives aligning and realigning our minds accordingly.

Announcements

  1. The annual Tenrikyo bazaar is coming up on Sunday, August 27. We’d like to thank those who came out for yesterday’s first all bazaar hinokishin and we’d like to ask for everyone’s continued support in selling presale scrips and helping at the bazaar.
  2. The next bazaar preparation hinokishin will be this Saturday, 8/19 at 9am & Sunday 8/20 after the Mission HQ monthly service at 1pm and we would like to call on all available members and friends to help out. You may bring your used item donations from today till August 23, between the hours of 10am-4pm to the TCC Dojo.
  3. Also, next month the Tengen Bunkyokai Ojibagaeri Taikai (or Jiba Pilgrimage Convention) as a continuing activity will be held on September 24th. If anyone is interested in joining this, please see me or Mrs. Taeko. The Autumn Grand Service pilgrimage in October is another activity you can consider if September is inconvenient for you.
  4. The MHQ will be conducting its first Three Day Course on 9/22-24. Please see me or Taeko if interested.
  5. Please welcome: Carol Azama and Ayako Hata who is a former home stay student.

Monthly Service Sermon – August 2017

Before God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, pray with reverence:

God the Parent, as we receive Your overflowing grace and blessings, which grants us the free use our bodies, we advance toward the realization of the joyous life world as you guide us in our spiritual development. We are forever grateful for these blessings and we express our gratitude day and night as we apply our efforts in sprinkling the fragrance of the teachings and salvation work. Today is the day we are granted to conduct the August monthly service at Pearl Church. The service performers will now unite their hearts to perform the seated service and Teodori joyously and in high spirits. As you observe the brothers and sisters of the path who have looked forward to this day singing the songs of the service in unison, with hearts filled with gratitude for Your parental love, we hope that You can be spirited as well.

We give thanks for the successful completion of the annual Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba in which one member of our church served as Boy’s & Girl’s Hinokishin Corps counselor. We give thanks for the opportunity do hinokishin in the community by doing yard work, for the elderly and disabled. We thank you deeply for these blessings as we strive to convey the teachings to as many people as possible. Later this month the annual Tenrikyo Bazaar will be held on August 27 with members of this church helping in preparation hinokishin, ohagi making, shuttle van driving, parking, bubble drink booth and cleanup. Also next month on September 24, we hope to be joining other sister churches under Tengen Bunkyokai in participating in the 2 nd Tengen Ojibagaeri Taikai (Jiba Pilgrimage Convention) activity. We pray for safe and successful events.

In this 180 th year of Tenrikyo, we vow to continue to work together with a unity of mind engaging in hinokishin and salvation work and encourage as much people as possible to return to Jiba. We pray for the victims and survivors of conflicts and disasters in the world; that they may have faith and resolve to overcome their grief and suffering.

With the Shinbashira as the core, we pledge to make sincere efforts in our daily lives to truly follow the Divine Model of Oyasama.

We pray that Your guidance will strengthen us into worthy Yoboku, striving with a single heart for the salvation of others. We hope that our efforts will bring joy to You and peace in this world where we all help one another as brothers and sisters. With our minds in unity towards the Truth of the Jiba, we would like to spiritedly perform the August Monthly Service.

In union with the congregation, I pray for these blessings.

Monthly Sermon – July 2017

Good morning. I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to attend the July Monthly Service here at Pearl Church and thank you for your kind and sincere offerings. I am sure God the Parent and Oyasama is really happy to see you all here today and to have performed the service with joy and in high spirits!

Last Monday on July 4th, we enjoyed the annual Tenrikyo Picnic at Kapiolani Park. Thank you for your hinokishin and participation.

We would like to observe a moment of silence for our departed friend and member of Pearl Church, the Late Mrs. Hilda Kono, who passed away on June 16, 2017. She was very devout in her faith and enjoyed coming to our monthly services. We will miss her support, her faith and her smiling face.

GLOBAL WARMING

Don’t you think the climate has changed over the years?

  • Compared to my childhood days, about 50 years ago, there are now more hot and muggy days than before. In those days, December through March had a lot of rain. There was so much rain that there weren’t many tourists during that time.
  • In Japan, during the days around Oyasama’s birthday on April 18th, the cherry blossoms bloomed at this time about 20 – 30 years ago. But now it’s getting warmer earlier. So now they are blooming in the middle of March. Recently during my Jiba Pilgrimage in April the cherry blossoms are already gone.
  • During this past 2 or 3 years we’ve been getting extremely high record breaking temperatures on the U.S. mainland such as Texas, Arizona and Nevada. In Hawaii also, we’re getting more days with temperatures 90 degrees or more.
  • Most of you have probably heard of “King Tides” inundating our beaches in Honolulu. This has never happened before.
  • In the South Pacific 5 islands have disappeared due to rising sea levels.

CAUSE

Human-caused global warming occurs when human activity introduces too much of certain types of gas into the atmosphere. Human activity is mostly burning fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, oil, coal, deforestation and animal agriculture. After carbon dioxide, methane is the second most common greenhouse gas, but methane has 86 times more impact in trapping radiation. It comes from mining, extracting and leaking of natural gas, animal agriculture such as raising cattle and the use of landfills. Animal agriculture accounts for 51% of global warming. From Cowspiracy documentary video.

The United Nations have recognized these causes and have met to agree on actions to be taken to reduce greenhouse gases in the Kyoto Accord and the Paris Agreement. Recently on June 1st of this year, the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Agreement.

We can look at the basic teachings such as in the Ofudesaki:

This universe is the body of God.
Ponder this in all matters. III: 40

Also in the Ofudesaki, XIII: 43

All of you throughout the world are brother and sisters.
There should be no one called an outsider.

God the Parent created us human beings to see us live a joyous life by helping each other. This is the purpose of creation.

The climate change has been making life difficult for the war refugees and the poor people on the planet. Refugees living in tents are exposed to extreme weather. Poor people living in extremely hot or extremely cold conditions are most likely to suffer or die.

People who live by farming or fishing are experiencing hardships caused by extreme weather and overfishing. Since the advanced nations that are releasing most of the greenhouse gases we among the advance nations should take more responsibility in reducing greenhouse gases. God has provided such a bountiful earth. However, we humans are polluting and damaging the environment which is causing droughts, wild forest fires and extreme abnormal weather. These are causing crisis situations in the world.

Pope Francis of the Catholic Church made a statement in regards to climate change. This is just a summary: “Caring for the environment is a matter of common and universal duty and responsibility especially in light the present ecological crisis. Every creature depends on the earth’s ecology that provides air, food, water and basic resources. These shared resources are easily exploited when we fail to recognize the interconnected nature of God’s creation. Since all beings are interdependent on the resources of the planet, common effort is required to preserve God’s gift to us.”

Due to the irresponsible use of the land, climate change is occurring and we need to take responsibility to reduce global warming.

What can we do to reduce global warming?

  • Use resources wisely, such as water, electricity, gas and cars.
  • Use eco bags instead of receiving the bags provided by the store.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, soaping in the shower or washing your hands.
  • Recycle cans and bottles
  • Turn off the lights when leaving your room.
  • Combine your car trips whenever possible to conserve fuel. Walk or use the bus when you can.
  • Let’s go green by planting trees in your yard.
  • Pull out the plug or turn off the power strip when not in use.
  • Most importantly since animal agriculture accounts for 51% of global warming we should reduce or eliminate meat from our diet.

These small efforts done individually may not make an impact, but the combined effort of many people will definitely make a difference.

In the Anecdotes of Oyasama,

#138 YOU MUST TREASURE THINGS

While in jail, Oyasama had a scrap of writing paper brought in and She made twisted paper strings out of it. With it, She wove a net basket to carry a sake bottle. It was very strong and beautifully made. When She left the jail to return home, She gave it to Gisaburo Nakata, saying:

“You must treasure things. You must make good use of everything. Everything is a gift from God. Now, keep this as your family treasure.”

As you can see Oyasama believed in recycling and making good use of things. She said, “Everything is a gift from God.” I believe this means that we need to take care of the Earth and protect the Earth. Although some people don’t believe it, global warming is happening and we must take action to stop global warming regardless of what the government is doing. Perhaps what US President did in regards to withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is a wakeup call for everyone to pay attention this problem and do what we can to reduce global warming.

Announcements

  1. The annual Tenrikyo Picnic was held last Tuesday at Kapiolani Park. For those who went, thank you for your hinokishin in preparation and clean up!
  2. Marika Higa will be serving as counselor for Kaigai Shohi which is the Overseas B & G Hinokishin Corps in Jiba this summer. We wish her a meaningful, fun and safe trip.
  3. The MHQ monthly service will be held this coming Sunday on July 16.
  4. The annual Tenrikyo bazaar is coming up on Sunday, August 27. And we’d like to ask for everyone’s support in selling presale scrips and prep hinokishin and helping at the bazaar.
  5. Everyone please welcome the three students for the Hawaii One-Month Spiritual Development Course from Mission HQ: Louise Akamine, Yukie Minami and Sean Rodan. Sean is Dan Rodan’s son.

One-month Spiritual Development Course 2017

How can we live a happy and prosperous life? How can we improve our health and solve our problems? Find answers to questions like these and experience the true joy of life through attending the Spiritual Development Course. In the safe and nurturing environment of Mission Headquarters, you will:

  • learn the true purpose of life by helping one another and practicing the Teachings in actual situations
  • experience the joy of having faith.
  • learn the teachings of Tenrikyo and be trained spiritually

Sign up and take the first step to a bright and hopeful future!

Date: Sunday, June 18 (Registration 3:00pm) – Thursday, July 13, 2017

Contact us if you are interested!

Shuyokai Flier 2017

*Applications due by Sunday, May 14, 2017

BGA Camp & Pearl Church Mini Bazaar

The Annual Tenrikyo Hawaii Boys & Girls Association Spring Camp & General Meeting was held last weekend from March 24th through the 27th. A total of 79 participating children plus approximately 30 adult volunteers helped at the highly successful camp.

Our annual Mini Bazaar & Rummage Sale is coming up this Sunday, April 2 from 8am to 12noon. Please come and join us!

Owen’s specialty homemade raisin and white bread. Very popular in the congregation.

Annual BGA Spring Camp and Pearl Church Mini Bazaar & Rummage Sale 2017

The annual BGA Spring Camp is coming up this weekend on Friday – Sunday, March 24-26. Please help out whenever you can.

Our next Mini-bazaar and Rummage Sale is on the following weekend on Sunday, April 2nd from 8am-12noon. We will be needing help on Friday: setup canopies, signage, tables and merchandise, Saturday: Sorting and Pricing; Sunday: 7am help make spam musubi and cone sushi, 8am: cashiering (food and merchandise); help cashier add up purchases, bag or box items, sales (talk to the people, ask them how they heard about the rummage sale, spread aloha and goodwill, answering questions, help people make their purchase); help people carry their purchases to their car, etc.

Homemade food for sale at Mini-Bazaar 2015

Please print out flier, pass out to friends.

TPC MB-Rummage Sale Flyer 20170402