The Church of the Holy Spirit, Umuehihie, Uzoagba in Ikeduru local government area of Imo State, last Sunday celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the naming of the church.
In his charge, the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev Emma Maduwike, JP, who was paying a pastoral visit to the church, submitted that what determines a genuine Christian is his behaviours and performance stressing that neither orthodoxy nor pentecostalism makes a good Christian.
He stressed that no family, church or nation can make progress without peace and charged Christians to embibe the spirit of peace and shun being easily provoked.
Bishop Maduwike challenged well-to-do members of the society to share the burdens of the less-privileged as recommended in Romans 15:1-2 and 5-6.
The bishop urged members of the congregation to co-operate and respect their superiors as, according to him, all hands are not equal , “even with the Angels in heaven”.
In Eucharistic service in which the Archdeacon of Uzoagba, Ven Clayland Nze assisted the Bishop, the Old Testament reading from Genesis 7:17-24 was read by Mrs Goodqueen Nzeagwu. The Epistle was taken from Rom. 14:19-23 by Mr Sam Nwaka while the Resident Priest, Rev. Kelechi Nzeagwu took the Gospel from Matthew 18:1-16.
Earlier, in the Church’s welcome address to the bishop read by Dr (Mrs) Sally Asagwara the congregation noted that they have land constraints and urged the prelate to assist in appealing to neighbouring land owners to sell some portions to the church.
They promised that once this is done, that they would raise the standard of the church to an enviable height like the Bishop has done to Ikeduru Diocese in the last three years.
The church then hailed the bishop and wife for the giant infrastructural development in the diocese since inception especially St. Christopher’s Hospital, Bishop Cockin Centre as well as the Mission schools. They also praised the impact of the widow’s forum.
Responding Bishop Maduwike observed that the church’s name, “Holy Spirit” was not a mistakes as they have performed wonderfully without levies.
He assured them that God would solve the land problem through His infinite mercy as he pleaded with members of the church to make their land available assuring that God would reward them abundantly.
But he counseled members of the church to begin work on their new church building with any amount they have at hand reminding them that “delay is dangerous”.
Bishop Maduwike expressed profuse appreciation of Prof and Dr (Mrs) Asagwara for the parsonage they are constructing for the church.