In its effort to revive, build up and strengthen smaller church stations in the Anglican Communion, the Council of Knights, Diocese of Ikeduru, last Sunday worshipped at the Holy Trinity Church (H.T.C) Chapel Umuori Iho, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State in a service that was laden with love and care.
The evangelistic out-reach, which was likened to triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, saw members of the newly established chapel dancing and praising God.
The service was well attended by both members of the order and parishioners from Iho Archdeaconry and beyond.
Preaching in a message entitled, “Stilling the storms of life,” taken from the gospel of Mark 4:39, the Council’s Chaplain, Ven. Josiah Emeribe enjoined the people of God to always remain calm in the face of troubles and life exigencies. He said as Jesus rebuked the storm and there was peace, so would he rebuke every storm that is threatening the lives of his children.
Ven. Emeribe spoke on some life-threatening challenges of the Chapel since its establishment, but trusting that God in His infinite mercy would see both the chapel and its members through. He called on those who love God to come forward and make commitments so that the chapel would not go into extinction.
The council’s chaplain decried a situation where in the 21st century people still worship God in a batcher, saying that Anglicans are not used to worshipping their Big God in a batcher.
The cleric who said that the world is today riddled with fears, complaints, frustrations, anxieties. Vanities and others counselled the people of God to remain steadfast, adding that after thick darkness, there would be glorious dawn. He concluded by imploring the children of God to always have faith in God, adding that without faith according to the epistle of Paul to the Hebrew 11:6, it is impossible to please Him.
Also addressing the August gathering, the Vice President of the Ikeduru Council of Knights Sir George Iwuchukwu who stood in for the president, Sir G.U. Ezeji, who was unavoidably absent encouraged all to support the new chapel by making generous contributions. He prayed that God who is the rewarder of them that love Him would bless and heal their homes.
There were spontaneous responses to his appeal as guests and parishioners donated generously to the glory of God.
Expressing his appreciation, the elated Archdeacon of Iho, Archdeaconry Ven. J.B.C. Njoku who received the guests on behalf of the Chapel thanked the Ikeduru Council of Knights for their uncommon love and care and prayed that God would reward and replenish their quiver.
The church worker in-charge of the Chapel, Evangelist Promise Nwosu also expressed his appreciation and prayed that God would enlarge the coast of all the invitees.
Personalities who graced the event include Sir (Dr) Enoch Iwueze, a prominent son of Iho Dimeze, and the village head of Umuori Iho, a devout catholic who promised to do everything within his power to assist the new chapel.
Beautiful anthem was presented by the chapel’s choir.