By Nick Chibunna
The remains of Catechist Eleazar Chinaka Onyenakazi have been committed to mother earth after a funeral service at St. Andrew’s (Ang) Church Alaeze (formerly Alaenyi) Ogwa, in the Mbaitoli local government area of Imo State.
In their condolence messages, both bishops Cyril C. Okorocha (PhD) of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri and Emmanuel C. Maduwike of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru commiserated with the family of the late Onyenakazi and the entire parishioners of Alaeze Ogwa over the demise of the senior church worker.
The two prelates who were unavoidably absent due to crowded engagements prayed to God to console the bereaved family and all that were afflicted.
Bishop Okorocha was represented by his chaplain, Rev. Uneze Ukaegbu while Ven. J.B.C. Njoku, Clerical Synod Secretary, Ikeduru Diocese, stood in for Bishop Maduwike.
Earlier in a sermon entitled: “Fight the good fight of faith” (II Tim. 4:6-8), the preacher Rev. Kingsley Uzoma called on the people of God to always serve with fear.
According to Rev. Uzoma, the time is far spent as the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is at hand.
He said that evil and all forms of wickedness have multiplied in the present time, thereby making it impossible to differentiate between the good and the bad, the righteous and the unrighteous or the godly and the wicked, and therefore called on all to repent and return to God.
The preacher decried the state of unrightousness and immorality in the church, warning that the time of reckoning is at hand. He took a swipe at some preachers of the gospel who chase after frivolities and vanities instead of the true word of God, pleading with them to repent so that they don’t become cast-away on the last day.
He said that Jesus Christ remains the centre-piece of man’s salvation and enjoined all to accept Him as their Lord and Saviour.
To the family of the late Onyenakazi, Rev. Uzoma enjoined them to have faith in God and to strive to improve on those good virtues left behind by their patriarch.
He thanked God for the life of the Catechist E.C. Onyenakazi whom he observed spent the greater number of his years in the service of God and enjoined his children to emulate him.
Late Catechist Eleazar Onyenakazi dies on Thursday 6th, August 2015 in the house of one of his sons-in-law, Rev. Japhet Ejiofor, a serving priest in the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru after a protracted illness.
The service was conducted by Rev. Bernabas Odikanwa and the only lesson taken from Rev. 7:9-end was read by Rev. Japhet Ejiofor.
The funeral service was well attended with over 30 priests and other church workers within and outside Owerri Diocese, including Rev. Robert Achiko, the Parish Priest.