The Anglican Bishop of Okigwe North, Rt Rev. Godson Ukanwa, Ph.D (JP) had quite a busy schedule recently when he paid a pastoral visit to St James Church Ekwedim in Amuzari Archdeaconry to perform confirmation, induction and baptismal ceremonies.
Among those confirmed were 17 candidates with eight and 12 women inducted into the Mothers’ Union and Mothers’ Guild respectively.
The prelate also performed the baptism of little Miss Goodnews Nmesomachukwu Ihuoma Chukwuezi, first daughter of the Bishop’s former Chaplain, Rev. Saint Paul Chukwezi, now the priest-in-charge of St. James, Ekwedim.
In his sermon, the Bishop stressed the importance of Christians absolutely obeying God and Church authorities even in the face of challenges adding that Christianity is not a bed of roses.
Emphasizing that God showers his blessings on those who are obedient to Him, Bishop Ukanwa made reference to biblical examples of Abraham, Joshua, Daniel, Shedrack, Mishack and Abednego as those who were abundantly blessed for absolutely obeying God as he urged Christians to copy their examples.
The diocesan commended the priests and their wives for their thorough preparation of the confirmation candidates and inductees.
He charged the candidates and inductees to study and memorise at least one verse of the Bible each week and to shun indebtedness and drunkenness which he said were enimical to the Christian faith.
In an action seen as an effort to revive Igbo language, the welcome address to the bishop, was read by about 70-year-old Sir Lambert Nwokoro in flawless Igbo. In the address the congregation thanked the bishop for posting his former Chaplain, Rev. Chukwuezi to their Church adding that the hardworking priest has taken their church to another level through the infrastructural development of their church.
In his specific response to the address, Bishop Ukanwa attributed their success so far to their obedience to God and the Church authority as well as to their prudence in fund management adding that financial impropriety brings dormancy and lack of trust in any church.
The Archdeacon of Amauzari, Ven Paschal Okwara, assisted the bishop in celebrating the Eucharist at the service.