Christians have been charged to participate actively in church activities in addiction to their material contributions.
Giving the charge last Sunday while dedicating the new church building of St. Paul’s (Ang) ChurchUbomiri, in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha PhD, frowned at those who keep off worship and church services.
Bishop Okorocha lauded the St. Paul’s congregation and those who contributed to the building of the beautiful church along with others who donated materials for church worship such as the marble pulpit, lectern, reading desk and altar rail and urged them to have faith and hope in the word of God in other to enter eternity at last.
Performing the ceremony, Bishop Okorocha counseled the priests to regard the church as a hallowed place of prayer and preaching of the word of God rather than a place of pouring curses on people and making political pronouncements.
In the address read by the church secretary, Mrs Mercy Ugoeze Amadi, the church appreciated Bishop Okorocha on his benevolence of providing them a parcel of land for expansion and other donations he made to them, including ordaining and installing of their sons, Rev. Sam Duru as a priest, and pledged total support and loyalty to the Bishop.
Responding, Bishop Okorocha thanked them for erecting such a beautiful edifice in a strategic position and advised them to strive for elevation of their church to another level.
He prayed for persons who made donations to the church and offered them a copy of the “Daily Guide” each.
The donors include Ohams family, who built and donated a marble pulpit and other materials. Others are Sir and Lady A.I.O. Duru for donating reading desk, Sir and Lady Linus Osuji, Raphael Alex, Mr and Mrs Chike Achonwa, Mr and Mrs Onyinyechi Anosike, and Mrs Esther Anosike (nee Ohams) who donated a marble lectern.
Preaching the sermon at the occasion, Rev. Kenneth Chikere of St. Peter’s church Irette called on Christians to be holy and be identified in goodness and faithfulness.
Rev. Chikere described the dedication of the new church as a celebration and enthronement with enjoyment unto Christ in His sanctuary for the revelation of God’s glory as a way of redemption from sin and urged the people to profess God’s glory by depicting His character in all places as they are his embodiment and ambassadors, noting that God’s glory can only manifest with holy people who are His image.
The preacher, then enjoined the people to shun materialism and seek the face of the Lord by having encounter with Jesus Christ who is the word of God through who He releases anger if God’s glory, goodness and splendor are not respected.
The occasion features priests who served in the area before and others from Achi Mbieri Archdeaconry led by the administrator Can. Obinna Okeh, who thanked the Bishop, his wife and his entourage. He prayed God to grant them journey mercies.
In his remarks the chairman of the dedication committee, Sir A.I.O Duru, who is also the pastor’s warden expressed joy as most people who witnessed the establishment of the church 93 years ago were still alive to see its dedication.
He described the ceremony as “Marvelous in all eyes” as he glorified God.
Highlight of the occasion was an award of “Excellent Propagator of the gospel and family welfare” bestowed on Bishop Okorocha by the church.