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July 2017 Monthly Service

The July 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 expressed appreciation for God the Parent’s love that guides people along the path of the Joyous Life. He then said: “We pray that the Children’s Pilgrimage will be a worthwhile event where children returning to Jiba from different parts of the world can learn the teachings and develop the spirit of helping one another through enjoying a variety of attractions and activities. Please guide us in ensuring that everything proceeds smoothly throughout the duration of the pilgrimage.” The Shinbashira went on to say: “All of us Yoboku, including the church head ministers, make a point of inquiring into Your parental intention behind the things that happen in the world as we strive to grow spiritually. We intend to widely spread the teachings in high spirits and to make great strides in our vertical mission through passing down the teachings.”

The prayer was followed by the joyous performance of the Kagura Service and the Dance with Hand Movements.

After the Service performance, Honbu-in Tomikazu Matsumura took the podium to deliver the sermon. Touching upon upcoming events such as the Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba, the High School Division of the Students Training Course, and the Seminar for Successors, Rev. Matsumura talked about the importance of nurturing human resources for the path and each event’s significance and aims. Toward the end of his sermon, Honbu-in Matsumura placed special emphasis on the vertical mission while quoting from the second Shinbashira’s talks.

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