Under the presence of Kyoshu-sama, the World Church of Messiah Paradise on Earth Service solemnly took place on June 15, 2020 in the headquarters altar room.
Since the historic Beginning of Spring (Risshun) Service when the name of Messiah was resurrected, even during the widespread infection of the novel coronavirus, Kyoshu-sama has been guiding us with his hymns published each month in Glory. Kyoshu-sama’s successor Masaaki-sama has also guided us on Meishu-sama’s will through his manuscript, “The True Johrei.” Still further, through the song “God, Please Make Use of Me,” we have walked forward with the conviction that regardless of what situation we are in, God is always using our hearts and advancing the divine work of salvation.
As such, in the great developments of World Church of Messiah’s divine work, most thankfully, we have been allowed to hold a service with the presence of Kyoshu-sama for the first time in about four months.
Kyoshu-sama’s wife Mayumi-okusama and Masaaki-sama were in attendance, as well as President (of SKK) Nakadomari, President Narii, the executive directors, regional directors and leading staff of headquarters.
The service began at 11 am. Kyoshu-sama entered the altar and read aloud the Opening Prayer to God. After the offering of the pine branch (symbol of appreciation), under the lead of Kyoshu-sama, everyone prayed the Amatsu Norito and Zengen Sanji. After the singing of Meishu-sama’s hymns, the Sacred Word “Good and evil” was heard, followed by Johrei from Kyoshu-sama.
And finally, members received a long-awaited message from Kyoshu-sama, closing the service. Through his message, Kyoshu-sama revealed to us what Meishu-sama is now trying to make us realize, what he is wishing for, and what is necessary for us members to fulfill our missions while seeking Meishu-sama’s will – that is, God’s will – lying beneath the various phenomena occurring in actuality.
On June 20 or 21, each church held Paradise on Earth Services with limits on the number of people. Members who could not attend prayed at their homes. So even if one could not attend the Paradise on Earth Service at headquarters or a service at their local church, going beyond time and space and with the thought that they attended together with Kyoshu-sama, their ancestors and all of creation, prayer at the Paradise on Earth was allowed.