By Gid Ahanonu
St. Philip’s (Ang) Church, Ohii, recently marked its 100th anniversary with a large turn-out of the faithful in celebration mood including the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. C.C. Okorocha, PhD.
In his charge at the thanksgiving service, the bishop described the day as one for thanksgiving to mark the advent of light to Ohii 100 year’s ealier.
He recounted the benefits of the advent of Christianity in black Africa to include the abolition of slavery, the stoppages of killing of twins idol-worship and their consequent social vices that did not glorify God.
The prelate commended St. Philip’s congregation and their priest, Rev. Emma Onuoha for their efforts at their new church building and urged them to do more by investing their resources in completing the House of God.
He reminded them, “the measure of what you put in the church is not what you give instantly but what you left at home”.
In his sermon, the Bishop’s Senior Chaplain, Rev. Can. Ogechi Opurum, posited that the St Philip’s congregation has now become the light that would illuminate their society, urging them to open their hearts to the gospel that reached them 100 years earlier. He added that whoever had received and accepted the light would not kill, nor fornicate nor quarrel but would rather respect God and spread His words.
In his remarks, the resident priest, Rev. Emma Onuoha described the occasion as a turning point for evangelical seed has been sown in the town through the production of clergymen, medical doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers and other professionals.
The chairman of the planning committee, Chief Barr. Okey Ozuzu and Mr. Ubochi Ephraim attributed the success of the occasion to the act of God and acknowledged the co-operation of other churches in Ohii.
The first lesson from Nehemiah 4:1-10 was read by Sir M.C. Enwereuzo while Mrs. Phoebe Durunneji handled the second lesson as Ven. D.C.A. Oguke conducted the intercessory prayers.
Highlights of the occasion were the cutting of the centenary cake and fund-raising for the completion of their church building which attracted positive response from the worshippers.