Today's service by Rev. Umitani was about the Nembutsu. Though he had many followers of his Nembutsu teachings, Shinran did not consider himself to have disciples. Rather, he was given the Nembutsu, just as we all are given the Nembutsu. Our recitation of the Nembutsu expresses our gratitude for what Buddha has given us.
Following the service, the sangha enjoyed several spooky treats, including "worms in dirt" and spider cupcakes.
Prudence previewed next week's First Sunday family activities. We will be hanging leaves filled with what we're thankful for on our Thankful Tree. We'll also be making stuffed mini-turkeys.