Before God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, pray with reverence:
God the Parent, because of Your love for all Your children, You exhaust Your mind in every kind of way (Ofudesaki IV: 63). Out of Your parental love, You laid down the path of world salvation, teaching us the truth of human creation. We are truly grateful for Your protection, for saving us, drawing us to the Path, and allowing us to walk toward the Joyous Life.
The twenty-sixth of this month commemorates the 125th Anniversary since the day when Oyasama shortened Her physical life by twenty-five years because of Her deep parental love that wished for the spiritual growth of Her children.
As we look forward to this New Year, we remember and give thanks for your deep parental love through the blessings of miraculous healings, people returning to Jiba and the many people who have attended the various church activities. Last year, Twenty-two persons returned to Jiba of which fourteen returned during the Women’s Association 100th Anniversary in April, an average of twenty-four persons attended the Pearl Church monthly service, six persons participated and helped at the Boy’s & Girl’s Association Leadership camp, twenty persons attended and helped at the BGA New Year Park Cleanup and BBQ Picnic, six persons helped at the all Tenri Cultural Center Cleanup Hinokishin, eight persons from Pearl Church attended the Boy’s and Girl’s Association
Oyasama Birthday Activity, forty-nine persons from Pearl Church attended the All Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day at Honolulu Zoo, twelve persons attended the Young Men’s Association-Women’s Association-Young Women’s Club Joint General Meeting, nineteen people attended or helped at the Boy’s and Girl’s Association Spring Camp, twenty-five persons attended the annual Tenrikyo Picnic, the Pastor of this church led the Children’s Pilgrimage as the BGA chairman, twenty persons helped at the Annual Tenrikyo Bazaar, eighteen persons participated in the All Tenrikyo Nioigake Day, seven persons participated in the Boy’s and Girl’s Association Trick or Treat for Unicef activity and adult leaders participated in the Boy’s & Girl’s Association Leaders Fun Camp. An average of four persons helped with the weekly yard work on neglected sidewalks and yards of the elderly and physically challenged throughout the year, as well at the Tenri Cultural Center and tree trimming at the mission headquarters. The Sazuke was administered a total of 418 times in 2010. We were able to begin monthly musical instrument practice with an average of six persons attending and the exterior repainting of the Pearl Church building was completed with all Hinokishin hands. We give thanks for this past year’s participation and in gratitude and resolve we look forward toward ever greater joy in this New Year.
The service performers, bearing in mind this precious day the portals were opened will express their appreciation and perform the January Grand Service at this church. We children of the Path have gathered to remember the hardships Oyasama faced and sing the Mikagura-uta. Please accept our sincere prayers.
In looking forward to this new 174th Year of Tenrikyo we church members and yoboku will devote ourselves to mastering the Service as Oyasama taught us, administer the Sazuke, engage in nioigake and salvation work, return to Jiba with as many people as possible and work towards the success of the Hawaii Convention. May You, God the Parent, continue to guide us with Your warm parental heart to allow us to convey the path of the Joyous Life to the people around us.
Together with everyone present, I pray for these blessings.