By Gid Ahanonu
The 2015 Diocesan Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Isi Mbano came to a close last Sunday at the venue, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Ibeme with a thanksgiving service which featured the launching of last year’s synod report, launching for fund for the Cathedral building project as well as investure for synod mothers and synod fathers.
In his sermon at the service based on the theme of the synod, “zeal without knowledge …” the Anglican Bishop of Gusau, Rt. Rev. John Garba Danbinta warned Christians on the consequences of zeal without knowledge in their worship of God. He specifically gave the instance of those who renege on their vows to God, ascribing it to zeal without knowledge as those making the vows did so without understanding the dire implications of failing to fulfill vows made to God.
He referred to the biblical Jephthah who regretted the vow he had earlier made to God which involved his sacrificing his daughter to God.
The preacher therefore urged Christians to seek God’s knowledge through family prayers and joint-decisions before making vows on any matter.
Bishop Danbinta then counseled both priests and laymen to have forgiving spirits and not to allow their knowledge or material possessions to be their idols as it could separate them from God.
In the service conducted by Rev. Can. St Paul Chukwuezi, Lady Godiva Ukanwa read the first lesson from Judges 11:28-40 as Prof. O.C. Nwebo took the second lesson from Rom. 10:1-13 with Bishop Ukanwa handling the intercessory prayer while the Choir of St. Mary’s Church, Ibeme, led by Mr Emma Nnadi and Sir Dan’s Choral Group provided solemn tunes.
The two women investitured Synod Mothers were Lady Victoria Onyemezienkeya and Lady Marietha C. Ihekire while the four men investitured Synod Fathers were Sir Felix N. Anyanwu, Sir Martin O. Onyewuchi, Godson Ononiwu and Sir Engr. Samuel N. Nwigwe.
In their remarks, the Archdeacon of Oka/Ibeme, Ven. Justus Ndukwu and Prof Amam Ike expressed their joy for the success of the synod and lauded the L.O.C for a job well done. They equally thanked the bishop for his effort in the growth of evangelism in the area. But they implored those who made pledges to the church at all levels to redeem them without delay.