Blessed with pleasant weather at the Home of the Parent, the September Monthly Service of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters was performed on the 26th in the Main Sanctuary with the Shinbashira presiding as chief officiant.
Touching upon the Seminar for Successors that has been held since late August this year, the Shinbashira said in the Service prayer, “We Service performers as well as church head ministers and other Yoboku intend to do our utmost not only to raise and nurture the successors of the path but also to lead a life of faith even more joyously and spiritedly, so that we can make steady progress along the path of spiritual growth leading to the Joyous Life.”
The prayer was followed by the joyous performance of the Kagura Service and the Dance with Hand Movements.
After the Service performance, Honbu-in Hiroaki Yamazawa took the podium to deliver the sermon. Rev. Yamazawa said, “Based on the faith and experiences of early followers, I would like to share my thoughts on some important points about spreading the path throughout the world as well as about conveying and continuing it through endless generations.” Referring to the Anecdotes of Oyasama, he then explained the importance of following their examples in faith and contributing and dedicating our sincerity in single-heartedness with God.