By Emma Onumah
The Faithful in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri has been challenged to prayerfully insist that whoever that is elected to succeed the outgoing Bishop of the Diocese must be one filled with the Holy Spirit.
The retiring Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Rt. Revd. C.C. Okorocha Ph.D who gave this challenge at the 3rd Synod valedictory thanksgiving service held in his honour and that of the wife, Eunice, noted that God is not unjust as to allow one not filled with the Holy Spirit to be the succeeding Bishop of the Owerri Diocese, which he described as a praying Church.
As he remarked: whoever that becomes the succeeding Bishop in this Diocese, would never be one that is money-minded, but must be filled with the Holy Spirit because, according to him, “we are a Holy people”, adding that, no people would get a leader better than themselves. He further charged: “Let us be law-abiding and peaceful, as we have been, and try to work in line with the truth”.
He asserted that, the day worship becomes a sense of gratitude in your heart, that is when you know that you are worshipping God.
Preaching on the theme “Guard the Flock: Bloom Where You’re Wanted”, the retiring Bishop, admonished all people of God, to iove their neighbours as themselves, emphasizing that, living for others is the highest expression of true spirituality.
He expressed concern that organized religion has chased away the Holy God, and that most of the leaders of such religions do not preach what God has told them, but what their flock would want to hear, stressing that organized religion has become a place where those who are running away from the truth now run into, pointing out that, to be a true Anglican entails living a godly, righteous, and sober life.
The Prelate was of the view that humility is like a “Safety Sack” for carrying all God’s gifts, and as such, he said, everyone needs to be humble and caring.
Bishop Okorocha, urged all Christians to extend the guarding of the flock to their families and homes, by ensuring that their wives retain their sense of worth, and by seeing to the welfare and educational needs of their children.
On the part of women, the outgoing Bishop counselled them not to become money lenders to their husbands, but to join with their husbands to solve their financial problems together, as they are one, and by so doing, the Holy Spirit would not depart from their marriages.
He warned them to desist from the use of filthy languages and the watching of pornographic materials, in order that their children will not copy same attitude, adding that “the people who visit your homes with your children are part of your flock, you should be careful how you treat them”.
Highlights of the 3rd valedictory Synod thanksgiving service, included the renewal of oath of office and Canonical obedience by the entire Clergy in the Diocese, and the announcement of the result of the usual Archdeaconry thanksgiving competition, for which Christ’s Church Archdeaconry, came first, followed by Aladinma Archdeaconry and CATOL Archdeaconry, which took the second and third positions, respectively.