Under the new organizational structure of Sekai Kyusei Kyo Su no Hikari Church, the Grand Autumn Service solemnly, yet grandly, took place at the RIHGA Royal Hotel in Osaka on October 14.
On that day, looking toward the presence of Kyoshu-sama, and also the attendance of his wife Mayumi-okusama and his successor Masaaki-sama, approximately 4,600 members combined, from morning and afternoon services, gathered from all over the country.
The service began at 10 am (1:30pm afternoon service). Kyoshu-sama entered the altar and offered the Opening Prayer to God. Next, under his lead, all the attendees prayed the Amatsu Norito and Zengen Sanji. After a greeting to Meishu-sama, everyone sang the hymn offerings led by the Assistant Officiant. From a pool of 370 hymns received from members all over the country, five were chosen to be offered and sung at the service, with an additional twelve hymns also selected to be printed in the program.
After hearing Meishu-sama’s teaching, “Manifestation of God’s power – The time has come when the Universe is to be blessed,” everyone received Johrei from Kyoshu-sama.
After a greeting from President Narii, the video To Become Children of God: To Be Born Anew was shown.
After a greeting by Masaaki-sama, Kyoshu-sama took the podium and delivered a message. At the end, all the attendees sang in sonorous voices “Divine Light Hymn” and “Ieji” (Goin’ Home).
As Kyoshu-sama, Mayumi-okusama and Masaaki-sama were making their exit, they personally interacted with many members. Attendees were able to exchange handshakes with them, take photographs, and suchlike, being met with cheerful responses, and their hearts touched with deep emotion, joy and new resolve.