By Gid Ahanonu
The 2015 Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri came to a close last Sunday during which, in his charge, Bishop C.C. Okorocha, PhD warned Christians not to advertise themselves more than Christ.
In the charge based on the theme of the synod; “How then shall we live? Life in the Eschatological dimension”, he also submitted that making large contributions to the church without righteousness cannot lead one to eternity.
The prelate charged Christians to pray for the righteous living of their church and secular leaders for the betterment of those under them.
In his sermon at the service conducted by Bishop Okorocha assisted by Venerable D.C.A Oguike and Zion Ngoka, the Bishop of Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Manesseh Okere challenged Christians to make the difference wherever they are by dwelling in holiness to separate them from the world.
He lamented disagreements among Christian sects over church teachings and traditions rather then abiding by biblical injuctions, warning that such could lead to heresy which should be avoided.
Bishop Okere then stressed that any temporal service to the church without genuine righteousness was not acceptable to God.
The first lesson at the service from EZKL 9:1-11 was read by Dr. Jide Egwim while Hon. Justice (Lady) Chioma Nwosu-Iheme handled the second lesson form 1st Corr 15:50-58 as Ven. Chukwuocha Akajiaku conducted the intercessory prayer.
The occasion featured prayers, praise-worship songs and thanksgiving from the various Archdeaconries in the diocese as well as fund-raising for the Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Development.
The choir of Vox Anglicana and the New Owerri Archdeaconry choir conducted by Rev Emma Okorafor, supplied melodious tunes as Rev. Chidi Nlemchukwu and Favour Eke played on the organ.