The August Monthly Service of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters was performed on the 26th in the Main Sanctuary.
On behalf of the Shinbashira, Successor-Designate Daisuke Nakayama served as chief officiant today. In the Service prayer, he said, “We Service performers as well as church head ministers and other Yoboku intend to near Your parental love that single-heartedly desires to save the world—the love that is embodied in a variety of knots that challenge us. To do that, we are determined to develop a sense of solidarity among ourselves and make steady progress, taking one step at a time, in unity of mind.”
The prayer was followed by the joyous performance of the Kagura Service and the Dance with Hand Movements.
After the Service performance, Honbu-in Masatoshi Masuno took the podium to deliver the sermon. In the first half of the sermon, Rev. Masuno shared his thoughts by speaking at some length about how we should live and follow the path by quoting from the Ofudesaki. In the second half of the sermon, he emphasized the importance of replacing our mind with the mind of saving others as the first step in starting salvation work and urged the listeners to pray during the daily services for their minds to be transformed into the mind of saving others so that they could help save others as much as possible.