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Rancour in churches … Bishop unhappy, cautions the faithful, dedicates St. James’ Church building

By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, the Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha PhD, has cautioned Christians against rancour and disorderliness in our churches, stressing that it hinders development.
He also condemned incessant antagonism against priests, which sometimes leads to locking of the church building, and blamed it on ignorance.
Bishop Okorocha made these remarks while presenting the deed during the dedication of St. James’ Anglican Church Uzii, Owerri.
The prelate, who explained that anyone indulging in these sinful acts is only drawing the battle line with God, also called for love which, he said, brings peace in our churches.
He further explained that the Anglican Church is a well organized church and advised the congregation to always follow due process in expressing their grievances.
Bishop Okorocha made it clear that, irrespective of any other person’s position in the church, the priest who is representing the Bishop, is the head of the church.
In his sermon, Rev. Canon Chike Samuelson urged Christians not to relent but to be ever committed to the work of God, stressing that “God builds for those who build for Him”.
Rev. Canon Samuelson, who took his text from 1st Kings Chapter 8, traced the story of the building of the temple of Jerusalem, and pointed out that because of David’s desire to build the temple, God blessed him to be the progenitor of Jesus.
Canon Samuelson, who is the Diocesan Clerical Synod Secretary (CSS) and a former priest in charge of the church, thanked all those that assisted in the building of the church and revealed that the church design and direction came from God Himself through revelation.
In his goodwill message, the Vicar of the Church, Rev. Canon Chris Ogbugh, expressed joy and gratitude to God for the successful completion of the building and thanked all those who assisted to realize the project.
The only lesson of the glorious service which was conducted by Vicar, Rev. Canon Chris Ogbugh, was read by Sis Uloma Igwe, the Secretary of the Dedication Committee who also presented a welcome address to the Bishop.
The service also featured cutting of the dedication cake, anthem by the school and church choirs, thanksgiving and fanfare.
The climax of the occasion was the presentation of the deed to the church by the Bishop which received long lasting ovation from the congregation.
It was indeed a glorious sight to behold as the congregation dorned a uniform that gave colour to the occasion.
Speaking after the service, the chairman of the Dedication Planning Committee, Mr. Udo Oparaku, expressed satisfaction that despite the tough challenges, they were able to arrive at a successful end, adding that he was happy to be part of the success story.
Also speaking, Mrs. Oby Favour Okere, who was a member of the publicity Sub-committee said, “I feel delighted and my heart is full of joy because it is happening in our time.  To God be the glory”.
Among other dignitaries present at the service was the Archdeacon of Christ Church Archdeaconry, Ven. Zion Ngoka.

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