By Gid Ahanonu
Christians have been charged to carry one another’s burden in the spirit of love and sacrifice to reciprocate God’s love to mankind as He sacrificed His only Son for atonement of their sins.
This charge was given by the Lord Bishop of Isi Mbano Diocese, Rt. Rev. Godson U. Ukanwa PhD, (JP) recently at St. Paul’s (Ang.) Church Ogbor in Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo State while preaching the sermon at a service of confirmation service and admission into the Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship for candidates from Ogbor and Umuozu Parishes.
Bishop Ukanwa observed that the trinity of love of God to mankind comprises the role of the father to make us His celestial sonship; the role of His Son that takes away man’s sins and that of individual sonship through the belief in Abraham’s blessings with the Holy Spirit.
He urged Christians to extend this love of God to their neigbhours; the church and society since it is a debt one owes to God.
Performing the ceremony, the prelate counseled the fathers to guide their families religiously for the church and society to be peaceful, stressing the need for them to love their wives as themselves as well as teaching their children the ways of Christ.
He then urged the fathers to live righteously in the village and participate in the good activities in the area with love as the Israelites did to their tribes.
Fifteen faithful candidates were confirmed with 10 men being admitted into the Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship by the Rt. Rev. Godson U. Ukanwa PhD. The archdeacon of Obolo, Ven. C. Onyemerekam PhD, assisted the Bishop to celebrate the Holy Communion while Miss Vivian Chibueze read the Old Testament lesson.
The Epistle was handled by the Vicar of St. Paul’s Church Ogbor, Rev. Can. Basil Enwerem, as the Vicar of St. Peter’s Umuozu, Rev. Josiah Chikezie, read the Gospel.
Highlight of the event was the rehearsal of the catechism by the confirmation candidates conducted by the Bishop who also exposed them to the practicality of the catechism and commended the priests and Sunday School Teachers who prepared the candidates for a perfect job.
Bishop Ukanwa equally commended Rev. Can. Basil Enwerem and his wife Mrs. Chizoba for their efforts in raising the standard of St. Paul’s Church Ogbor both physically and spiritually for the short period they were posted there.
The service was well attended by the parishioners including the Bishop’s wife Mrs. Godiva Ukanwa (Nnebuihe) and other priests’ wives.