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May 2017 Monthly Service

The May Monthly Service of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters was performed on the 26th in the Main Sanctuary with the Shinbashira presiding as chief officiant.

In the service prayer, the Shinbashira said, “We Service performers as well as church head ministers and other Yoboku are resolved to stay firmly connected with Jiba and our respective churches, to do the utmost to make repayment for God’s blessings, and to exert our utmost efforts in following the path of single-hearted salvation by nurturing human resources who will carry the future of the path and by enriching the substance of our churches.”

The prayer was followed by the joyous performance of the Kagura Service and the Dance with Hand Movements. Worshipers joined in singing the Mikagura-uta with their mindsin unison.

After the Service performance, Honbu-in Tatsufumi Shikao then took the podium to deliver the sermon. He began by making a request to invite and bring as many people as possible to participate in the events aimed at nurturing human resources for the path, including the annual summer events held in the Home of the Parent and the Seminar for Successors. He also said that whether or not those we invite will actually participate depends heavily on the fragrance of our faith that emanates from our daily lives. Drawing on his faith experiences and referring to the Divine Directions and Anecdotes of Oyasama, Honbu-in Shikao then spoke at some length about our ways of thinking and living—which are the source of the fragrance we sprinkle.

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