Five hymns were selected from a pool of 276 hymn offerings from participants all over Japan to be sung at the Grand Spring Service.
[*The service was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, the hymns were sung for April Monthly Service at headquarters and churches that took place under limited attendance. We would like to share with you the thoughts and feelings of the members in Japan through their offerings.]
We come and gather
To pray at the grand service.
We pray, O God, please use us as you wish!
Always present and at any time,
My first and best Ally
Has always been and will always be my true Parent.
As I know the origin of this physical world
Exists in heaven,
I face God and walk the true path.
The spirit with which you founded the church
And our hearts are ablaze!
The Church of Messiah long awaited for by all of humanity –
Please use us even for the smallest part
In Your work of salvation.
Ten other hymns were also selected to be printed in the Grand Spring Service program from the same pool of hymn offerings.
The fact that the soul of Messiah is within me –
I impress this into my heart
As I lower my head
In front of the divine image of Meishu-sama.
The past, present and future is in my sonen.
I unite everything to the name of Messiah.
Glory belongs only to God!
For this I sing praise in the name of Messiah!
As Johrei is not as important now,
I will serve in the divine work of sonen –
I will confidently and fully convey this.
Together with all of humanity and all of creation
We have been atoned for.
Courage to live wells up from within me!
Receiving the Sacred Oath of the Lord God,
I fulfill the mission as an apostle of the Messiah.
The fresh new breath of all of creation
Vividly springs to life.
This year, too, here I go!
With God’s farming.
With the leaflet, I convey your wishes –
Oh, how my soul now shines!
Leaving the salvation of Johrei,
We enter the era of sonen
And devote ourselves to the work of surrendering.
With our guidepost – Kyoshu-sama’s will –
We will walk the path together
Going forward without hesitation.