The Anglican Bishop of Pankshin, Rt. Rev. Olumuyiwa Ajayi, has lashed out at the hypocritical attitude of some Christians in the worship of God, despite the numerous blessings they receive from Him.
Bishop Ajayi who was the guest preacher at the thanksgiving service to mark the 2014 Synod of Oru Diocese at St. Thomas Anglican Church Omuma in Oru Local Government Area, Imo State, charged Christians to cultivate a life of true worship of God for them to have God’s security at all times as well as make heaven.
He urged Christians to genuinely surrender their lives to God in honesty, humility, repentance, holiness faithfulness and loyalty, stressing the need for them to worship God in spirit and in truth without counting the challenges of life.
Reflecting on the supremacy of God, the preacher warned that God should not be compared with any other god or shrine, rather His name should be hallowed all the time for His glory, anointing, healing and inspiration to descend onto mankind.
He assured the people of God’s faithfulness if only they would keep to Him through thanksgiving and supplication.
The prelate them advised Christians to shun worship of little gods, and use of occultic or mystic books as the judgement of God is real.
Bishop Ajayi appreciated the host Bishop, Rt. Rev. G.N. Chukwunenye, for his vision in choosing the theme of the synod “True worship” the daily life style of a Christian”. He also commended the Bible study teacher for the synod, Ven. Israel Odita, for his wonderful exposition.
Earlier, in his remarks, the Bishop, Diocese of Oru, Rt. Rev. G.N. Chukwunenye Ph.D had commended Oru-East Archdeaconry and the congregation St. Thomas Church for the highest standard they maintained in hosting the synod. He also poured encomiums on the Local Organising Committee Chairman, Sir Andrew Ojiaku Okeke, for a job well done.
The service which was conducted by Rev. Can. Lawrence Ikegwuonu, Rev. Sunday Onyeagulu led in the intercessory prayers, while the Old Testament reading was taken by Sir Bright Nwelue. The Chancellor Sir (Barr.) I.E. Oguaju – Dike handled the New Testament reading. St. Thomas church choir, led by Rev. Promise Asonye rendered beautiful songs at the service.
Highlight of the service was the honouring of Mr. Benjamin A. Eluchie, Sir Emmanuel C. Emechebe and Senator Hope Uzodinma for their contributions to the church and humanity.
The occasion also featured the cutting of the synod cake by the host bishop and others.
In attendance was the Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, who solicited for prayers from the church for the success of the rescue mission administration of Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his team.
The Christian Voice Newspapers management committee chairman and a member of the legal team of Oru Diocece, Sir (Barr.) Chidi Onuzo was also in attendance, as well as the traditional ruler of Ekiti Onuma, H.R.H. Eze Godspower Okarforanyanwu.