Before God the Parent, Tenri O No-Mikoto, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, humbly express the following prayer:
On this day, as granted to this church, we have gathered here to conduct the October Grand Service to commemorate the Teachings’ day of origin.
As in the following words of God, “I am God of Origin, God in Truth. There is causality in this Residence. At this time I have descended here to save all humankind. I wish to receive Miki as the Shrine of God.” These were the first words declared by You, God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, through the mouth of Oyasama, Miki Nakayama.
That day was October 26, 1838. From that day on, through Oyasama, You appeared in person to teach us the one final truth, the truth that You are the true Creator and Parent of humankind. You taught us the Reason for our creation, which was from Your desire to have all humankind lead the Joyous Life, helping one another through the marvelous path of single-hearted salvation.
To attain this, You also taught us the Joyous Service with the intent to manifest once more, the marvelous power by which humankind and the world were created where there was no form. Through the sincere performance of this Service, the world will be reconstructed as the world of the Joyous Life, which is fully in accord with the intent of God the Parent.
Each of us here today, relying on You, intend to perform the Service in harmony and joy, becoming one with the mind of God. Please accept our spirited minds of unity and let the joy of the harmonious union of God and humankind overflow.
Through Your blessing, our annual Pearl Church garage sale was conducted September 22 with 21 members and friends helping in various capacities. Net proceeds amounted to $1,000 of which 50% will be donated to the Mission Headquarters of Hawaii for the reroofing fund. The Pearl Church Autumn Memorial Service was faithfully conducted on September 28 with 9 attendees and the All Tenrikyo Nioigake Day with 11 participants from Pearl Church. An average of four persons helped with the weekly yard service. In addition, we have engaged in Kamina Nagashi in Waikiki on several occasions. Also, by Your providence, we have an opportunity to acquire the back property to better serve the community and advance our mission. We thank you deeply for your love and care and we pray for your continued guidance as we work towards this goal with our minds in unity.
In this first year of the three year of the three years, one thousand days leading up to Oyasama’s 130th Anniversary, we continue to engage in nioigake and salvation work and vow to follow Shinbashira’s words as expressed in Instruction Three.
May we, Your children, in this 176th year of Tenrikyo, come ever closer to understanding Your intentions, so that we may become “one” with You and manifest the Joyous Life as intended for all humanity.
In union with the congregation I humbly pray may it be so.