January 3, 2019
At last year’s Paradise on Earth Service, Kyoshu-sama gave us the following guidance. “Today, we are holding the Paradise on Earth Service here in Osaka. But what we must bear in mind is that the true service is held by God in heaven, at the very center of each one of our consciousnesses…Services are not meant for us. Services are meant for God. God wishes to manifest Himself through them. A service is when God gathers people into one place, His heaven, and receives each and every single person’s heart – that in itself is God’s work of salvation.”
Together with all humanity, all our ancestors, and all of creation, we are gathered to these services of heaven, allowed to serve in the work of God’s creation, and allowed to voice out the holy name of Messiah. With deep awe, I am filled with deep emotion and gratitude beyond all description.
From here on too, everywhere that divine work takes place, and even at services, I praise God from the bottom of my heart, receive the holy name of Messiah and would like to be used as God wishes, all the more. At these services, we would like to receive the permission to offer the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, which Kyoshu-sama has been pointing out for some time; a song that Meishu-sama dearly loved. I send to all of you this invitation to offer this song. Through this offering, I wish to praise God and serve in the divine work of salvation of returning to the heaven within us, carrying with us all of creation in the name of Messiah, which is one with Meishu-sama.
Meishu-sama dearly loved to listen to the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s composition, Messiah, to the point of wearing out his record. And in order to have it performed, he made room for an orchestra pit to be specially installed into (the former) Messiah Hall. He also pointed out our church’s profound connection to Christianity. Given these examples, it is a song of praise with deep significance embedded in it.
As “Hallelujah” in Hebrew means “Praise God,” to offer this musical composition to God is to praise God and is the work of spreading the holy name of Messiah (Christ) to all of creation by the vibration of the words and sounds. In seeking the spirit in which Meishu-sama established Sekai Meshiya Kyo (World Church of Messiah), I cannot help but think that this is a vitally important matter. I am convinced that this is directly connected to the path that we are aiming for to be born anew as a true child of God, a Messiah, with Meishu-sama as our example and as one heart with Kyoshu-sama.
Of course, to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” cannot be done in a day. And so at this year’s upcoming Beginning of Spring Service, we will start with an offering put together by the chorus directors from each region as a small prototype to start. And for the Paradise on Earth Service, I wish for us to offer this song in front of God on a big scale, with a chorus made of member volunteers. According to God’s will, I would like to continue this offering from this time forward.
In the name of Messiah, which is one with Meishu-sama, in order to offer our hopes, determination and gratitude to God for going forward “always as one heart with Kyoshu-sama,” I am pleased to announce the “Hallelujah Chorus” offering from Handel’s Messiah. I ask from all of you your support, participation and collaboration. Thank you.
From Sekai Kyusei Kyo Su no Hikari Kyodan
Michio Shirasawa, President of Izunome Group