The Anglican Diocese on the Lake has celebrated its fifth-year anniversary with pomp and pageantry at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Oguta.
In his sermon at a special service to mark the occasion, the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. C.B.N. Oti observed that the congregation has cause to be excited because God has been so good to the Diocese since it came on board.
The Bishop who spoke on the theme, “House of gratitude”, (Psalm 103:3 – 5), pointed out that the Biblical David expressed gratitude to God for all “God has done in his life” and enjoined the congregation to always show gratitude to God for all his mercies which endure for ever.
According to Bishop Oti, the special blessings God bestowed on David included forgiveness, healing, love, redemption, satisfaction and renewal. He told the congregation of the need not to rest on their oars since the attainment of five years was just the beginning to stardom.
Looking ahead, the diocesan said that emphasis would now be on the training of children/ministers and the laity among others and challenged the congregation to be strong and courageous “so that together we can conquer and subdue our environment”.
He spoke of three categories of human beings on earth. These, according to him, include the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen and the overwhelming being angry with anybody or even themselves.
Highlight of the occasion include awards to some personalities as friends and mission partners, among them the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, who described his as a motivating factor and assured he would always partner with the diocese in its evangelism activities.
Special prayers were also said for the Church of Nigeria and her leadership, the diocese as well as for the state and its rulers.