The Federal University of Technology, Owerri Women Association (FUTOWA) last Tuesday commemorated her family day with an inter-denominational prayer summit in which priests from various Christian denominations officiated.
While an Anglican Priest, Ven. Kelechi Okere moderated the service, a Catholic priest, Rev. Father Dr. Jude Ike and Rev. G.S. Adaka preached the sermon.
In the sermon with the theme; “The family that prays together stays together”, Rev. Fr. Ike described prayer as the art of entering into personal relationship with God.
He, therefore, urged Christians to relate with God through prayers with trust, sense of belonging, self-confidence, praise worship and observation of solemn moments so that God would answer their prayers.
The preacher equally counseled Christians not to be deterred even when the answers to their prayers are delayed, assuring that God answers all prayers at the appropriate time for those with pure heart.
In his homily too, the Chaplain of All Saints’ Non-denominational Church in FUTO, Rev. G.S. Adaka stressed that staying and praying together by families and Christians call for obedience to the word of God.
Lamenting the rampant disobedience in youths these days, Rev. Adaka blamed it on parents from who they copy wrong values and urged parents and youths to turn a new leaf in order to please God and earn His rewards.
The first Bible reading at the service from 2 kings 5: 1-10 was read by Dr (Mrs) Ihuoma P. Asiabaka while Ugoeze Okoro took the second reading based on Philippians 4: 4-9 with Ven. Kelechi Okere handling the gospel from Luke 1: 1 – 15.
The intercessory prayers were said by some members of FUTOWA and other women from the host communities as well as by the University Orator, Prof. M.O.E. Iwuala.
In his remarks the FUTOWA president and the wife of the Vice Chancellor of FUTO, Dr. (Mrs) Ihuoma P. Asiabaka said she initiated the prayer summit in order to start with God in all they do adding that it has become an annual event in which FUTOWA members as well as the women of the host communities of FUTO are carried along.
She expressed pleasure at the impressive turn-out of the women and Ugoezes of the host communities the entire FUTO community, the three resident priests in the university as well as the “FUTOWA Father” and the University’s Orator, Prof. M.O.E. Iwuala for their active participation in the programme.