By Gid Ahanonu
The 2016 Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri came to a close last Sunday at Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri with a thanksgiving service at which there were also launching for funds for the completion of CATOL building, Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Development and the cutting of the Synod cake.
The Bishop’s Annual Mission Report was equally accompanied by a video clip of activities in the year.
Prof. Ven. Udobata Onunwa preached the sermon at the service conducted by the Bishop, Rt. Rev Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, assisted by Ven. Dr Akajiaku Chukwuocha, the Cathedral Administrator.
Dwelling on the theme of the Synod, “Building in time for eternity”, the preacher urged Christians and especially Ndigbo, to shun materialism but to focus on heavenly matters to attain eternity at last.
Prof. Ven. Onunwa pointed out that the belief in re-incarnation by the Igbo misled them into accumulating wealth for their children’s children in the world to come as he dismissed the concept of re-incarnation.
He advocated the principle of time-management for Christians to make them ready for the second-coming of the Lord.
He urged Christians not to be daunted by the current recession ravaging the nation’s economy but to have firm belief that God would intervene to halt the trend.
Prof. Ven. Onunwa issued a strong warning against those who embezzle church funds and are engaged in other vices asserting that such people will not escape God’s wrath.
Sir Dan Onwnkwe read the first lesion of the service taken from 1 Chronicles 28:11-21 while the second from Corinthians 3:5-15 was handled by Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme.
The CATOL Choir led by Sir Sam Ojukwu and Mr. Faith thrilled the congregation with moving, classical tunes.