A three-day Chapter Week and convention of the Council of Knights of
St Christopher of the Diocese on the Lake has ended at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary Madgalene, Oguta.
In his charge at the convention which theme was, “We should no longer be infants” (Ephesians 4:11-15), the Bishop, Diocese on the Lake, Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti outlined the evidence of spiritual growth to include the exhibition of the attitude which depicts Christ-likeness, being stable and not tossed about by every religious novelty that comes along and speaking the truth that is joined with love at all times.
He challenged knights of the Diocese to stop being infants in their Christian belief, pointing out that any knight of the Diocese still grappling with the issue of belief in Jesus Christ and salvation, should better resign and join “ndi amala”,
Bishop Oti who reminded the knights of the need to stop being infants in the way they attend council meetings and activities also spoke of the need for them to stop being infants in the area of discipline. According to him, the bible recommends the use of the rod for infants just as adults are supposed to keep away from foolishness.
He admonished the knights to equally stop being infants in their attitude of giving but to always give willingly and in good measure as the iord blesses them.
The Diocesan concluded the charge by advising the worthy knights to stop being infants in their relationships both at their homes and within the church while allowing love to govern all their relationships.
At the end of the convention, the council of knights made statements, resolutions, as well as issued a communique in which it thanked God for the leadership of Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his Deputy Sir Eze Madumere describing their three years in office as that of exemplified selflessness and hard work.
The council also encouraged its indigenous knights investiture outside the Diocese On The Lake to identify with the council as charity should start at home.
Earlier in their addresses, the President of the council, Sir Uche Osoagba, and the Lady President, Lady Ify Arinwe, had gone down memory lane to highlight their achievements so far and took a look at the activities of the council in the current year.
In another development, the Archdeacon in-charge of St. Peters Anglican Church, Umuoziri, Inyishi, Diocese of Ikeduru, Venerable Josiah Emeribe, has warned ordained ministers of God not to take their call to serve for granted as God chose them for a purpose.
Ven Emeribe who spoke on the theme, “God calls those He wants”, at an ordination service at St. Mary’s Church, Egbuoma Diocese on the Lake, pointed out that although God was always in the business of recruiting people to do His work, He has been selective in doing that at all times.
He, however, observed that those called by God may not be the best in the eyes of people but challenged the newly ordained to live above board by partnering Christ in fighting social vices such as wickedness and other man’s inhumanity to man.
The sermonist, while congratulating the newly ordained, advised them to abhor unnecessary competition amongst themselves and congregation but to remain prayerful and focused.
Those ordained Priest were Rev. Anthony Nwabunwanne, Rev Uzondu Ossai and Rev David Nwanekpe. Young Enyinnaya, Chijioke Nwachukwu and Kingsley Akujor were made Deacons.