By Ifeoma Ofurum,
Emma Onumah and
Sorrow filled the atmosphere in St. Titus (Ang.) Church, Umuoba, Uratta, penultimate Friday at the funeral service of Ven. Dennis Onyekuru, former Archdeacon of Obinze Archdeaconry in Owerri Diocese.
In his charge, the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, PhD, urged Christians to repent while they are alive because “nobody knows tomorrow.”
He called on Christians to, therefore, examine themselves daily and do good works while they are alive, submitting that every man has his appointed time to die and that his daily prayer should be that God grants him His grace to please Him.
Bishop Okorocha pointed out that Late Ven. Onyekuru was prepared to answer the divine call to glory as he was a man conscious of pleasing God, always condemned evil wherever he was and was committed to evangelizing the world and winning souls for Christ.
Preaching on the theme; “Working for the future glory “(Romans 8:78), Ven. Zion Ngoka, the Vicar of Christ’s Church, Owerri, noted that many Christians believe in working for earthly reward instead of working for future glory, adding that they engage in all manner of evils to gain rewards and promotions that do not last.
The preacher asserted that the quest for earthly glory distracted Christians from paying attention to God and their families which sometimes led to sickness and death.
Emphasizing that God’s rewards supercedes all earthly rewards, Ven. Ngoka counseled Christians to always ask themselves these questions: “what are we doing with our lives? Of what use are we to God and humanity?
The remains of Ven. Onyekuru were interred at Holy Trinity Church compound, Umuorii, Uratta.
Among the highlights of the occasion were the presentation of anthems by the choirs of St. Michael’s (Ang.) Church, Obinze, St. Titus Church, Umuoba, Holy Trinity Church Umuorii and Voice Anglicana.
The deceased is survived by his wife, Uloma, five children, five brothers and many relations and the funeral was attended by scores of clerics from Owerri Diocese and beyond as well as the laity form across Nigeria.