Newly investitured Knights and Dames of St. Christopher, in the Diocese of Ikeduru, Anglican Communion, have been charged not to use their present position to intimidate the Bishop or harass the clergy, but to see themselves as God’s workmanship created to do good work.
As soldiers of the cross, they were also enjoined to carry the banner of Christ and fight the powers of darkness in order to move the church of God forward.
The Bishop, Diocese on the Lake, the Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti PhD, made the declaration while preaching during the investiture of 29 Knights and Dames of the Diocese on December 28, 2013, at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Umuhu Atta, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.
The colourful event, which attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, featured a wide range of activities, including the administration of oath on the newly investitured Knights and Dames, and the renewal of vow for all knights.
Admonishing from the central theme, “… be strong in the Lord.” taken from the epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians, chapter 6:10, the prelate reminded the newly investitured members of Ikeduru Council that their call is “Divine”.
According to Bishop Oti, the assignments of the new Knights and Dames include, to cause light to shine where there is darkness, to partner with the Bishop and the clergy to move the church forward, and to guide against the myriad of false doctrines and practices which are ravaging today’s church, adding that the service of the order is to God and humanity.
Bishop Oti implored the newly investitured knights to live a life worthy of their calling and to abstain from all evil tendencies that might jeopardize their Christian faith since the whole world now looks unto them as models for Christian standard of living.
The prelate described their new elevation as an added responsibility in the service of God, as “they are now a pair of eyes for the church to see, a pair of ears for the adding that service to God is holistic.
Quoting from the epistle of Paul the apostle to the Colossians 3: 23, 24, Bishop Oti summarized his text by saying that every service to God has a rule which include; believe in the one that called you, follow Him by observing His laws and precepts and then wait for His reward or blessing.
Earlier, after the investiture and admission into the order, the Knight Superior and host Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike (JP) had counselled the new Knights and their Ladies not to ‘sleep’ as some do these days, rather to be sober and alive to their new assignment.
He enjoined them to fight a good fight of faith and specifically implored their Ladies to be supportive in maintaining the family altar. He described Knights and Ladies as joint heir in the service to God and humanity and urged them not to relent. He congratulated them, adding that before now they had made various contributions toward the growth of the new Diocese. He prayed for God’s grace in their new assignment.
The investiture service was conducted by the Chaplain, Ikeduru Council of Knights, Ven. J.I.O. Emereibe.
Prominent personalities who graced the occasion include; the wives of the two Bishops, Mrs Ijeoma P. Oti of the Diocese on the Lake and Mrs Anuli Maduwike of the Diocese of Ikeduru.
The high point of the event was the presentation of a brand new 18 seater Mercedes Benz bus by the newly investitured Knights and Dames. The bus was presented to Bishop Maduwike for onward delivery to the Ikeduru Council of Knights by appreciation Committee led by Sir Osmond Ukanacho and Dame Queen Evans Dike.
The bus was dedicated to the glory of God by the Diocesan, Rt. Rev. Emma C. Maduwike.
The elated President of the Council, Sir Gideon Ezeji, thanked the donors and bishop Maduwike for their support and magnanimity and promised to make the judicious use of the vehicle.