Between the lingering clouds above the Sagami Bay, the sun rose on January 1st emitting its dazzling light as the New Year & Foundation Anniversary Service took place at the Zuiun-kyo Sacred Grounds Su no Hikari Kyodan Headquarters altar room. It was the first time since Kyoshu-sama was made spiritual leader in 1998 that he attended a New Year Service. His wife Mayumi-sama and Masaaki-sama were also present along with approximately 1,000 members who gathered from various parts of the country.

Beginning at 11am, Kyoshu-sama entered along with the sound of the yakumo koto. First, Kyoshu-sama read aloud the Opening Prayer to God and then offered the pine branch (symbol of appreciation). With Kyoshu-sama leading, all attendees prayed the Amatsu Norito and Zengen Sanji.

Next, the hymns were sung and the teaching, “A Citizen of the World” was heard. After Kyoshu-sama channeled group Johrei, Rev. Narii (President of Su no Hikari Kyodan) stood to deliver a greeting.

After Rev. Narii gave his New Year greeting, he said, “It was from Kyoshu-sama, one person himself, who stood up in order to convey Meishu-sama’s truth to us. I am allowed to stand at a historical turning point as one of the forerunners who came to know the holy name of Messiah through this Kyoshu-sama.”

Then boldly he said, “Together with Su no Hikari Kyodan, then Izunome Group with Rev. Shirasawa leading and everyone from Toho no Hikari Group, we have been placed in God’s divine work of creating a bright future that is filled with hopes and dreams. Truly as one heart with Kyoshu-sama, I would like to serve God and Meishu-sama who is together with God, with a truly new heart.

Next, Kyoshu-sama took the podium. “Since I was appointed as Kyoshu in 1998, today is the first time that I have attended and also served as officiant for the New Year & Foundation Anniversary Service. It is deeply moving for me,” he said as he quoted from Meishu-sama’s teachings and hymns and provided detailed guidance on the meaning of the revelation about the Transition from Night to Day.

Finally, all attendees sang “Divine Light Hymn” and “Goin’ Home.” Singing voices praising God reverberated in the prayer hall and brought the service of the New Year to an end filled with joy and liveliness.

Attendees departed the Sacred Grounds with determination in their hearts to boldly walk on the true path of salvation revealed by Meishu-sama together with Kyoshu-sama this year.

After the end of the service, the executives of Su no Hikari Kyodan beginning with President Nakadomari (of SKK umbrella corporation) and the leaders of Izunome Group beginning with President Shirasawa and regional directors, went to give their New Year greetings to Kyoshu-sama, his wife Mayumi-sama and Masaaki-sama.

President Nakadomari said about his aspirations for the year, “I believe that this coming year, happy events, difficult ones and just about all happenings all over the world are for the purpose of nurturing us so that we may be allowed this entirely new faith. I believe, with gratitude, this thankful nurturing can be accumulated within as great strength for the year. This year, under the guidance of Kyoshu-sama, all of us members of the church will make the best effort to devote ourselves to coordinate and collaborate.”

Also on this day, from Rev. Shirasawa, the regional directors received sacred divine scrolls and Meishu-sama’s pictures to be dedicated at Johrei centers.


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