Spring Grand Service

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 124th 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.   Twenty-nine  persons returned to Jiba in 2009, an average of 24 persons attended the Pearl Church monthly service, twelve people (8 children, 4adults) attended or helped at the Boy’s and Girl’s Association Spring Camp, 10 persons attended the Young Men’s Association-Women’s Association-Young Women’s Club Joint
General Meeting, eight persons attended the Women’s Association Pep Rally on May 30, seven persons attended the Boy’s & Girl’s Association Oyasama Birthday Activity, another record 55 people attended the Hinokishin Day cleanup at Honolulu Zoo, 17 persons attended the annual Tenrikyo Picnic, six persons participated in the Children’s Pilgrimage including one Hinokishin Corps participant and one counselor, 20 persons helped at the Annual Tenrikyo Bazaar, four persons participated in the All Tenrikyo Nioigake Day, eight persons participated in the Boy’s and Girl’s Association Trick or Treat for Unicef activity and two junior leaders and five adult leaders participated in the Boy’s & Girl’s Association Leaders Fun Camp. An average of three 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 375 times in 2009.  Moses and Chieko completed their four and half years of service to Church Headquarters with that last two years at Mission Headquarters of Hawaii.  In October due to your blessing and everyone’s contributions, we were able to purchase a new taiko and surigane. 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 this 173rd 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 and return to Jiba with as many people as possible.  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.

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Spring Grand Service

SPRING GRAND SERVICE
PRAYER 2008

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 122nd Anniversary since the day when Oyasama shortened Her life by twenty-five years and withdrew physically because of Her deep parental love that wished for the spiritual growth of Her children.

We have experienced 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. Two persons attended the Besseki lectures, one person receiving the Truth of Sazuke and two attended the three month spiritual Development Course in Jiba. A record eighteen people attended or helped at
the Boy’s and Girl’s Association Spring Camp, ten attended the Oyasama Birthday Activity, 24 attended the Hinokishin Day cleanup at Honolulu Zoo and 15 people helped at the Annual Tenrikyo Bazaar. Also, we were able to receive divine sanction and completed the termite tent fumigation and roof coating repair with a dedication service held in the presence of our upper church head minister. In addition, We were also encouraged by the purchase of a 15-passenger van that has helped us in our salvation work. We thank you deeply for your protection as it has filled us with joy and gratitude.

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 this 171st 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 and return to Jiba with as many people as possible. 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.

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Spring Grand Service

SPRING GRAND SERVICE

PRAYER 2007

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 121st Anniversary since the day when Oyasama shortened Her life by twenty-five years and withdrew from physical life because of Her deep parental love that wished for the spiritual growth of Her children.

We have experienced your deep parental love with through the blessings of 35 people returning to Jiba in the year of Oyasama’s 120th Anniversary, one person started to attend the Besseki lectures, another person receiving the Truth of Sazuke, one attending the three month spiritual Development Course in Jiba, five attending the Tenri Forum 2006, two participated in the International Hinokishin Corps and ten people attending the Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba. We thank you deeply for your protection as it has filled us with determination and resolve.

The service performers, bearing in mind this precious day the portals were opened will express their appreciation and perform the spring 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.

Through your blessing, we have a church live-in and we are able to engage in nioigake and salvation work in good health and high spirits. We thank you sincerely and deeply.

Please grant us compassion that we may continue to extend a helping hand to people in need and crisis that they too may learn to live the joyous life.

In this 170th 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 and return to Jiba with as many people as possible. 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.

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Spring Grand Service

OYASAMA 120th ANNIVERSARY
PRAYER

Before You, the ever-living Oyasama, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, pray with reverence:

Oyasama, for fifty years from the day You were settled as the Shrine of Tsukihi, Your mind was one with the mind of God the Parent. You encountered numerous hardships – steep mountains, tangles of thorns, brandished swords and a sea of flames – with a mind of utmost sincerity and cheerfulness. You revealed to us the truth of human beginnings at the Jiba of Origin and the Final Teaching for the salvation of the world.

Along with teaching us the Salvation Service and the path of the Joyous Life for future generations, you opened the portals to step out and level the world. With Your ever-living truth, you go out into the world to work each day and night in order to protect and nurture us. We feel unworthy of your protection and cannot even begin to
thank you enough.

We have striven to respond to Your protection during the three years, one thousand days leading to the 120th Anniversary through our sincere attempts at attaining spiritual growth. Your profound parental love has helped guide each and every one of us. Through each knot we were able to build our sincerity ever higher, and upon taking steps toward our spiritual enrichment, we have been allowed to celebrate this Anniversary here today.

As for the 120th Anniversary observed at Pearl Church, we have just completed the Service and wish to express our appreciation once more for the countless blessings we have received. Thank you very much! In this present season, we look back on the 120 years and respond to Your hastening for world salvation. With the help of God the Parent’s workings, we resolve to strive for the creation of the Joyous World.

Oyasama, may You forgive us for our shortcomings and continue to lead us so that we are able to see new shoots sprout on the Path.

Together with everyone present, I pray for these blessings.

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Spring Grand Service

SPRING GRAND SERVICE
PRAYER 2008

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 122nd Anniversary since the day when Oyasama shortened Her life by twenty-five years and withdrew physically because of Her deep parental love that wished for the spiritual growth of Her children.

We have experienced 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. Two persons attended the Besseki lectures, one person receiving the Truth of Sazuke and two attended the three month spiritual Development Course in Jiba. A record eighteen people attended or helped at
the Boy’s and Girl’s Association Spring Camp, ten attended the Oyasama Birthday Activity, 24 attended the Hinokishin Day cleanup at Honolulu Zoo and 15 people helped at the Annual Tenrikyo Bazaar. Also, we were able to receive divine sanction and completed the termite tent fumigation and roof coating repair with a dedication service held in the presence of our upper church head minister. In addition, We were also encouraged by the purchase of a 15-passenger van that has helped us in our salvation work. We thank you deeply for your protection as it has filled us with joy and gratitude.

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 this 171st 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 and return to Jiba with as many people as possible. 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.

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