Knights and Ladies of St. Christopher in the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have been enjoined to fight a good fight of faith as worthy soldiers of the Lord. They were also told to shun personal aggrandizement and embrace humility as part of their service to God and humanity.
This declaration was made by the Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike (JP), during the Eucharistic service at the resumed meeting of the Owerri Provincial Joint Council of Knights, held penultimate Saturday at the Cathedral Church of St. Mathew Atta, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.
In a homily entitled: “Response to a call” (Isaiah 6:8), Bishop Maduwike implored members of the noble order to see their call as special assignment to serve God and the society. He said as God used prophet Isaiah in the text to affect great changes during his time, God is also willing to use men and women who would make themselves available for service, and bring changes both in the church and the society.
He said that the prophet came during the period of great spiritual and moral decadence when evil and emptiness was the order of the day, as people lived without recourse to tenets of moral standard, adding that darkness encompassed everywhere as people clinged to self.
The prelate who was assisted during the Eucharistic service by the chaplain to the Ikeduru council of Knights, Ven. J.O. Emeribe took a swipe at some members who after being investitured as knights would disappear into the thin air, and were only satisfied with the title of “Sir”. He accused such members of suffering from “Titlelomania”.
Still admonishing from the Book of Amos 5:18-20, Bishop Maduwike said that the day of the Lord is at hand when every man would give the account of his stewardship on earth.
He pleaded with Knights and Ladies to examine themselves with spiritual mirror and see the need to cross the “I” in them, in order to produce the cross for effective service and obedience, adding that they should not allow the “K” in their Knighthood to be removed, in order not to produce thick “darkness” or real night.
In a welcome address, the president, Ikeduru Council of Knights, Sir. G.U. Ezeji, thanked the Pesident General of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province for granting Ikeduru Knights the hosting right and pleaded with the provincial council to always assist Ikeduru council, being the youngest in the Province.
Also presenting his address at the resumed meeting, the president general of the provincial council, Sir Israel Ekezie thanked the Ikeduru Council for accepting to host them.
He commended the Sir G.U. Ezeji – led executive for the way it has been piloting the affairs of the council and asked them not to relent. He also thanked the Cathedral choir for presenting them with beautiful rendition.
Sir Ekezie described the meeting as very important as it would deliberate on issues that would contribute to the growth of Anglican Church in the province, including the consideration of the draft renewed constitution, and report on the think-thank committee set up to look into certain issues that affect the church.
He reminded the August delegate gathering of the 2014 JCKs theme which is ‘Let us make a difference” and implored them to strive to make a difference in order to move the province forward, and avoid what he called ceremonial knight.
Delegates from 11 dioceses out of 12, attended the meeting.