By Nick Chibunna
The 2014 Chapter meeting of the Council of Knights, Ikeduru Anglican Diocese, was rounded off last Sunday at the Cathedral Church of St. Mathew Atta, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State with thanksgiving and a call on the members to make themselves available as instruments of honour, ready for God’s use.
The event which featured bible study, praise and worship session, Bishop’s charge, presidential address and reports, keynote address, Eucharistic service, and other activities has as its highpoint the rededication of members for greater service and the trooping of colours as well as march-past which was inspected by the Bishop.
Preaching during the thanksgiving service, the Diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, reminded the Knights and Ladies of their role as true soldiers of Christ, and watch men of Christian faith.
Expounding on the theme of this year’s meeting, “Vessel of Honour – a challenge for dedicated Christian service” 2nd Tim. 2:21, Bishop Maduwike reminded them that the knighthood is not for title holding and competition but a call to serve.
The prelate, who described the outing as a service of rededication, said that it is a time of reappraisal and mapping out strategy for new exploits in God’s vine yard.
He thanked the President of the council, Sir G.U. Ezeji, and his executive including the Lady President, Lady C.M. Nwankiti for the able way they have been piloting the affairs of the chapter, and prayed to God for continued sustenance.
Bishop Maduwike, on the first day of the chapter meeting, enjoined members to be wary of the present vices and stand firm as true soldiers of Christ. He decried the division and class syndrome among Christians and warned that the day of recompence is at hand. He enjoined Christians to abstain from all manner of wickedness, such as fornication, adultery, drunkenness, kidnapping and child abduction, violent crimes and others.
Bishop Maduwike also pleaded with Knights of Ikeduru who were investitured in other Dioceses to come and identify with their home chapter as associate members, in order to be carried along in the scheme of things.
Also, in their various addresses, both the council president, Sir G.U. Ezeji and the Lady President, Lady C.M. Nwankiti reminded members of their commitments to the council and the church of God. They harped on non-payment of levies and legitimate dues and lackadaisical attitude towards the affairs of the council. He pleaded with them to have a rethink.
All members of the order were later rededicated for another service year. The 2014 Chapter cake was cut while donations were made in support of God’s work in the Diocese.
This year’s keynote address was presented by Sir Barr. H.C. Amadi JP, and the Bible Study facilitator was Rev. Canon Israel Ezuruike. The Diocesan was at the head of the Sunday Thanksgiving Service, assisted by Ven. Canon Chidi Njoku and Rev. I. Onumajuru the Bishop’s Chaplain.
First Lesson taken from Exd. 18:1-2 was read by Lady H. Oparaji, the Epistle taken from 2 Tim. 2:15-23 was read by Sir Foster Unakwe while the gospel taken from Mark 16:9 –end was taken by Rev. I. Onumajuru.
Dignitaries who attended this year’s chapter meeting include; the Bishop’s wife Mrs Anuli Maduwike JP, (Nnedinma Ikeduru), Chief Dr. E.C. Iwuanyanwu, Sir Enoch Iwueze, the out-going president of the Owerri Council of Knights, Sir Israel Ekezie.
The Cathedral Choir rendered special anthem while members of Boys Brigade added colours.