The Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emma Maduwike JP, penultimate Sunday paid a pastoral visit to St. Andrew’s (Ang) Church Inyishi.
Preaching the sermon at the service, Bishop Maduwike charged Christians to be faithful to God as His promise to deliver them from challenges would be fulfilled in as much as they keep reminding God, like the biblical Solomon did after dedication of the temple of God.
Describing 2014 as a year of fresh path the bishop recalled the difficulties of the past and urged the people to rededicate themselves to the service of God, assuring them that God would make a way this year just as He delivered the Israelites after spending 400 years of tribulation in the wilderness after the death of Jacob.
The prelate then listed some other faithful servants of God in the Bible whom He delivered out of their faithfulness as Moses, Abraham and Noah and enjoined Christians to emulate them so as to be delivered in fulfillment of His promise.
The Eucharistic service was celebrated by Bishop Maduwike, assisted by the Vicar, Rev. Canon Peter Duruaku, as the Chaplain of Inyishi Juniorate, Bro Uzoma, conducted the Dora Chinyere Nwankiti Juniorate choir that rendered beautiful songs at the service.
The Old Testament lesson drawn from 1 Kings 8:22-30 was read by Sir Patrick Alozie, while Lady Osinachi Ekechukwu read the epistle from 1 Cor. 1:18-25 as the gospel from John 4:19-26 was handled by the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Innocent Onumajuru.
In his remarks at the end of the service the Vicar, Rev. Canon Duruaku expressed gratitude to Bishop Maduwike and wife Anuli, for the maiden visit of hope and assurances for the year and prayed God to guide him aright in his episcopacy.