By Gid Ahanonu
Christians have been charged to imbibe the culture of loving one another in fellowship with God.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha PhD gave this charge at a service of thanksgiving for s successful dedication of CATOL held in Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord 9CATOL) Owerri last Sunday while preaching the sermon.
Bishop Okorocha argued that if a man does not love his brother that he sees daily, how he can love God who is invisible, adding that whatever one gives to God in thanksgiving without brotherly love is useless.
The Prelate warned against misconception arising from Sunday matins which tends to separate the 7.00a.m worshippers from those of 10.00a.m, noting that such amounts to disunity and lack of love among Christians.
He encouraged worshippers to feel free in associating with each other and turn out in their numbers whenever there is a combined service to enjoy the glory of God. He recalled the story of King Solomon (2 Chronicle 6) who prayed after the dedication of the Temple of God whereby the glory and spirit of God came down to His people who praised God.
Bishop Okorocha then counseled the people to honour the temple of God in holiness humility and praises, urging the congregation to avoid defiling the place for God not to destroy them, recalling that many people across geographical and religious divides have been pouring accolades on him for the Diocesan efforts in erecting and dedicating such a beautiful place of worship of international standard.
The service was conducted by Rev. Can Chinemerem Uche while Hon. Sir Oliver Enwerem read the 1st lesson from Exodus 39: 1 – end, as Dr. Lady Angela Uwakwem handled the second lesson from Philippians 4:1-20.
The service featured a special thanksgiving from the Queen’s Girls Secondary School Enugu, Old Girls Association and the cutting of cake.