On December 23, Meishu-sama’s Birthday Service under the presence of Kyoshu-sama took place at the Twin Messe Shizuoka within the city of Shizuoka, with over 5500 members gathering. Along with the presence of Kyoshu-sama’s wife Mayumi-sama and Masaaki-sama, the first pilgrimage group from Brazil’s recently established World Church of Messiah, members from the United States of America and from Africa as well as members from Toho no Hikari/MOA Group who transferred to Su no Hikari Kyodan, also attended the service. And on this day, Mr. Kunihiko Muroi, member of Japan’s House of Councilors, rushed to attend the service and had a face-to-face meeting with Kyoshu-sama and his family.
1:00pm opening of ceremony. Kyoshu-sama as officiant and the assistant officiant entered the stage that was set up specially for that day. First Kyoshu-sama read aloud the Opening Prayer that he himself had written. Next, all participants prayed the Amatsu Norito and Zengen Sanji. After singing Meishu-sama’s hymns, all heard the reading of the teaching, “The Birth of Our Church.”
After Kyoshu-sama channeled group Johrei, President Narii (of Su no Hikari Kyodan) went on the stage. After reflecting on the developments of the church from this past year and mentioning that “Next year, missionary visits by Kyoshu-sama are being planned in the United States for April, in Brazil for July and in Europe for November,” he said, “It is now, that we must free ourselves from human-centered ways in asserting our own validity under the name of disputing doctrine. And all people involved with Sekai Kyusei Kyo for the first time in the dawn of history, I have been made to believe that we must be attentive and accept that we are being placed on the earth when God’s divine work—the truth of the holy name of Messiah—is being revealed to us. And so, I would like to proceed and take to heart that it is not the other who should repent, but it is first I, myself, who should repent.” He then called on everyone, “let us happily serve in this entirely new missionary work found in the holy name of Messiah, which connects to the creation of the future that is filled with hopes and dreams.”
Next, a video was aired entitled, “To become children of God: Kyoshu-sama’s Missionary Visit to South Korea & Masaaki-sama’s Visit to Australia.” The video presents a look into Kyoshu-sama’s visit to South Korea this year at the beginning of November and his attendance at the Korea Headquarters 30-Year Anniversary Membership Meeting along with Masaaki-sama’s visit to Australia as Kyoshu-sama’s representative and his presentation of Ohikari or Sacred Focal Point as well as his talk to the members about Meishu-sama’s will. Visit YouTube to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXtB817nWeZAqYYDUpF4IQ
Next, Masaaki-sama went on stage and gave a greeting. (Translation coming soon)
Then Kyoshu-sama went on stage and delivered his message. (Translation coming soon)
Finally, all the attendees sang together with the chorus group “Divine Light Hymn” and “Goin’ Home” with lyrics written by Kyoshu-sama. When Kyoshu-sama, his wife Mayumi-sama and Masaaki-sama were exiting the venue, a long line formed with many members seeking to exchange handshakes with them. Over the course of more than an hour, the three of them responded to the handshakes, personally addressed [the members], and suchlike. Meishu-sama’s Birthday Service was brought to a close in a grand atmosphere.