Activities marking the 5th anniversary of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru were, last Sunday, rounded off with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of St. Mathew, Atta-Ikeduru, Imo State.
The occasion featured, among other things, the installation and collation of new Canons and Archdeacons by the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike (JP).
In his sermon, the bishop advised the clergy men not to allow their position to get into their head, reminding them that they should see their status as that of a “living sacrifice in the presence of God.”
Bishop Maduwike enjoined them to consider the present condition of the people than dwelling in the past because it has fallen in their lot to change to better position. In this regard, he said, they should always identify where, when and how they failed in their duties, and strive to rise from there.
The installed Canons are: Rev. Mishael Chinaecherem Nwaneri, Rev. Charles Okechukwu Mgbemena and Rev. John Obinna Ilekanachi while the collated Archdeacons, also three in number, are Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Iheanyichukwu Ihiasota, Rev. Canon. Godson Chima Ofoegbu, and Rev. Canon Innocent Chukwuemeka Iwuji.
In the same sermon at the occasion, the prelate charged the people to draw closer to God through fervent prayers, stressing that Christians should talk to God with a contrite heart when in challenging situations, trust Him and repent whenever they backslide, adding that God would offer them another chance after they must have drifted, in the way He rescued Israelites from Philistines.
He was grateful to God for leading the Ikeduru Diocese “thus far” both in spiritual and physical growth since five years of the creation of the diocese, and enjoined the congregation not to allow their differences of political leanings impede their progress in church activities.
The thanksgiving service witnessed a large turn-out of worshippers from far and near, including the Rt. Hon. Bethel Amadi of the House of Representative.