By Gid Ahanonu
Christian faithful have been charged to ensure that church buildings are specifically used as a house of prayer and worship for God.
The Anglican Bishop of Isi Mbano, Rt. Rev. Godson U. Ukanwa, Ph.D. (JP) gave this charge while preaching a sermon during the dedication of the church building and hall of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Amaraku in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State recently.
Bishop Ukanwa who described dedication as setting something apart for special use urged both the clergy and lay to keep the church buildings holy so that God will accept prayers and worship from them.
Reflecting on the story of the biblical Solomon and the dedication of God’s temple, as recorded in second Chronicles chapters 5 and 6, the prelate noted that St. Peters, like the temple of Jerusalem, was cited at the epicenter of Amaraku to serve as a congregating centre of worship for the people of the area.
Preaching further, he enjoined Christians to heed the word of God and called for prayers for peace, righteousness, good health, honesty, equity and justice in the land.
Bishop Ukanwa enjoined the people of Amaraku to appreciate each other so that they can fully develop the area, stressing that God has a purpose for planting different people in different places.
He showered encomiums on Sir Dr. Davidson Anyanu, Chief Ezeji, Chief Emele and others for their contributions towards the infrastructural development of the church.
The Bishop equally appreciated the services of Ven. Dr. Sam Nwabugwu for laying the foundation and Ven. Loveday Anyanwu under whose care the church building was completed.
The occasion also featured the re-dedication of the parsonage and a special thanksgiving session by the building committee chairman, Sir Dr. Davidson Anyanwu and family as well as fund raising for the up keep of the church.
In his remarks, the Archdeacon of Amaraku, Ven. Loveday Anyanwu expressed gratitude to the Bishop for sparing time to perform the dedication ceremony. He equally hailed the building and dedication committees members for a perfect job.
The service was attended by Christian faithful from all works of life including the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, Ph.D, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduiwke, JP of Ikeduru, Bishop A.I.S. Nwaizuzu (Rtd) among others.
By Gid Ahanonu