The Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, last Saturday witnessed a large turn-out of worshippers from all walks of life, when Sir Isaac and Lady Clara Opurum celebrated their 50 years wedding anniversary with thanksgiving.
Preaching the sermon at the occasion, Ven. Ikechukwu I. Ihemtuge of the Diocese on the Niger, urged Christians to remember to thank God for His favour instead of complaining.
Every success one makes, he said is not by hard work or might but by “God’s grace”.
Commending the celebrants, Ven. Ihemtuge noted that it was not easy for a couple to live together for 50 years successfully as many marriages, crashed few months after wedding. According to him “there is no perfect marriage”.
He, therefore, attributed their success to their absolute trust and total obedience to God.
The preacher, then enjoined Christian couples and would-be couples to surrender their lives to Jesus, who is the author of marriage, and respect their wedding vows while assuring them of God’s deliverance in trial periods, adding that His Promise is for ever sure.
In the service conducted by Rev. Can. Ogechi Ofurum, the CATOL Choir, led by Sirs Sam Ojukwu and H.C. Ihemaguba, thrilled the audience with beautiful renditions as Can. Onyinyeoma Onyeagocha, Revs. Emma Okorafor, Kingsley Oparanozie and Uneze Ukaegbu conducted the intercessory prayers with the Vicar in charge of CATOL, Ven. (Surv) A.C. Chukwuocha taking the concluding prayers.
Highlights of the service was the renewal of marriage vows by Sir Isaac and Clara Opurum being conducted by Venerables Zion Ngoka and Paul Nwozuzu.
In his speech, the celebrant, Sir Isaac Opurum who is a surveyor advised people to believe and trust in the Lord to ensure solution of their problems.
He stressed the need for exposing one’s children to the word of God as well as praying together so that when the children grow up they will not depart from the culture.
He ceremony was witnessed by people from Obazu and Emii Communities, as well as knights, surveyors such as the Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Surveyors, Imo State, Chief Emma Duru, Imo State Surveyor General, C.A.P. Anele and others.