Greeting by Rev. Narii, President of Su no Hikari Kyodan
Intex Osaka, Osaka
October 8, 2018

Congratulations, everyone, on the Grand Autumn Service.

I express my sincerest gratitude to God and Meishu-sama, who is one with God, to be able to be here at this Grand Autumn Service together with all of you on this clear autumn day.

Presently, we have received the permission to worship at this service that Kyoshu-sama, who is devoted to seeking Meishu-sama’s truth and guides members all over the world, served as officiant.

To Kyoshu-sama: while the church is in very rocky situation and even though you are constantly on the move on a daily basis for official duties, we have received your presence today. I am so grateful that you guide us to know the essence of the teachings. I thank you most sincerely.

Also today, we have received the presence of Kyoshu-sama’s wife Okada Mayumi-sama and Masaaki-sama. I would like to present them to you here.

Mayumi-sama, Masaaki-sama, with all due respect, please rise. Thank you.

Now, under the presence of Kyoshu-sama, beginning first with all members of Su no Hikari Kyodan and Izunome Group, then the members from Toho no Hikari Group and from overseas, you have gathered here today for the Grand Autumn Service. I regard this service as having a very important meaning.

Before today’s service, Masaaki-sama, visited Germany as Kyoshu-sama’s representative. He was present for the Frankfurt Johrei Center’s Monthly Service in combination with the Youth Conference where members from all over the world gathered to attend, and I heard that his greeting was based on the theme, “in order to be born anew as a true child of God.”

In regard to his visit to Germany, the truth about what Meishu-sama said when he said to us members, “Do not underestimate and bear in mind” the holy name of Messiah, was transmitted to the whole world owing to Kyoshu-sama. With my heart trembling with emotion, I believe that this was a historic event.

After this, while we will see a video together that has captured the conditions of his visit to Germany, I have been made to think about all the Sekai Kyusei Kyo members all around the world who, right now, are receiving the great nurture of this entirely new faith from Meishu-sama under various circumstances.

I have been repeatedly studying Masaaki-sama’s greeting from his visit to Germany and I feel that God is urging us to accept this as an event that happened not far away overseas, but within my own self and within all people.

Now, under the guidance of Kyoshu-sama, we are advancing on the path of an entirely new faith that Meishu-sama, who served God with all sincerity, revealed to us in the final years of his life, a most important matter for the salvation of humanity.

Meishu-sama received the name of Messiah together with all humanity and all things. As ones who are strongly, firmly united with this Meishu-sama, each and every one of us are being nurtured in order to be awakened to the divine spirit of Messiah that is shining brilliantly within us. We are being nurtured to be born anew as a true child of God. We are ones who have been allowed to know and receive this.

I have been made to think that isn’t it precisely this great awakening that is God’s will—God’s will within the great confusion of the current situation of the church? And I have been made to think that today’s Grand Autumn Service must be a service that is signaling to us that we are in a new phase where all of humanity can awaken to the truth of being born anew as a true child of God, a Messiah.

Everyone, isn’t the guidance that Kyoshu-sama has given us with every fiber of his being about the path of this entirely new faith directly connected to Meishu-sama’s will that ultimately made him name our church Sekai Meshiya Kyo (World Church of Messiah)?

Could there be a faith greater in Sekai Kyusei Kyo than this? Is there a path that expresses more reverence to Meishu-sama than this? With deep gratitude and with Kyoshu-sama at the lead, in the name of Messiah, which is one with Meishu-sama, today, I offer my resolve to make efforts in the learning and practicing of this entirely new faith.

To turn our consciousnesses to God in this way is important work for one who has received the truly holy name of Meshiya no mikami, “Divine Spirit of Messiah”—let us engrave this into our hearts. And with joy and gratitude in our hearts, let us serve, body and soul, in the divine work of sonen, the practice of sonen.

Today, the video will be shown after this and continuing on, we will receive a greeting from Masaaki-sama. After that, two people who participated in the Youth Group Trip to Germany will share their testimonials with us. I would like for us to make this an important learning point so that we may review and correct our faith.

Then we will receive Kyoshu-sama’s message. Let us receive today’s guidance in the central part of our hearts. Let us go forth with great hope on this path as one spirit with Kyoshu-sama, following Meishu-sama as our example and serving God in this true faith.

I express gratitude for receiving precious time before Kyoshu-sama’s appearance and here, end my greeting to you. Thank you.

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