Before God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, pray with reverence:
God the Parent, we are grateful for Your constant protection and gradual instruction that guides us on the path to spiritual growth. We are all striving for the sake of single-hearted salvation while leaning on the ever-living Oyasama.
Today, on this April monthly service at Pearl Church, we celebrate Oyasama’s 211th Birthday in joy and gratitude for being the Shrine of Tsukihi. The service performers will now unite their hearts to perform the seated service and Teodori joyously and in high spirits. Please accept our prayers as we brothers and sisters of this Path have looked forward to this day and have gathered before You to sing the Mikagura-uta.
Through Your wonderful working we were blessed with eight children and four adult volunteers from Pearl Church who participated and helped in this past Boy’s and Girl’s Association 34th General Meeting and Spring Camp in March. A total of 60 children, 8 coun-
selors and 20 adult leaders participated in which our pastor is serving as chair. Our Spring Memorial Service was respectfully held on March 28th with six attendees. Also, on the following day, Pearl church supported the joint Garage sale and car wash sponsored by the Young Men’s Association, Young Women’s Club and Aloha Band, by donating 11 loaves of raisin bread and 3 volunteers.
We vow to continue to work together engaging in hinokishin and salvation work with a unity of mind 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: including Iraq and Afghanistan and the earthquake in La Quila, Italy; that they may have faith and resolve to overcome their grief and suffering.
With the Shinbashira as the core we vow 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 April Monthly Service today, held in this 172nd Year of Tenrikyo.
In union with the congregation, I pray for these blessings.