Before God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, pray with reverence:
God the Parent, in this month of Thanksgiving, we express our sincerest appreciation for Your constant protection and gradual instruction that guides us on the path to spiritual growth. In gratitude, we are all striving for the sake of single-hearted salvation while leaning on the ever-living Oyasama.
Today, for this November monthly service at Pearl Church, we give thanks for being kept alive by your divine grace and being blessed by your love and protection. 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 blessing and guidance one person from Pearl Church attended the Tengen Branch Church October Grand Service, the Church Headquarters October Grand Service and also the Young Men’s Convention held on October 23rd, 26th and 27th respectively. We give thanks that an average of four persons helped with yard work for the elderly and disabled in our community. Twenty persons participated in the Trick or Treat for UNICEF activity in Waikiki including five from Pearl Church and we are encouraging people to make donations using the UNICEF collection boxes. We thank you deeply to these wonderful blessings.
Although there is a two week delay, our effort in acquiring the back property is progressing smoothly and we give thanks for your blessing and providence. We resolve to make good use of the land in bringing people together in unity of mind and advance the construction of our mind and the Joyous Life world.
It’s been one year since we have received Instruction Three from the Shinbashira. We vow to follow the words of the Shinbashira as we work towards commemorating Oyasama’s 130th Anniversary in 2016. 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.
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 November Monthly Service today.
In union with the congregation, I pray for these blessings.