By Adonis Amadi
An Anglican prelate has again reminded Christians of the need to invest their resources in the service of God.
Rt. Rev. Prosper Amah, Bishop of Ogbaru Diocese in Anambra State, was the guest preacher at the ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of Oru Diocese, recently at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Mgbidi, Oru West, Imo State.
He also cautioned those who focus undue attention on their personal wealth which, he said, was vanity.
He condemned those in public office who steal public funds to pass on to their children unborn, saying that such children would grow up lazy and useless.
“You must have Jesus as your Saviour to enjoy life, otherwise you die in pain”, he said.
He advised Christians to aspire to live by the word of God which is life in Christ Jesus, and to always attend church services.
Bishop Amah, whose sermon was based on Philippians 4, said that the only way to salvation was through Christ and not through wealth.
Commenting on the incessant killings in Nigeria today, the prelate regretted a situation where the life of a cow is now valued more than the life of a human being, saying that trouble does no one any good.
The special thanksgiving service to mark the anniversary, which attracted eminent persons, was conducted by Rev. Can. I.C. Ikegwuonu, the Cathedral Administrator, who also led the intercessory prayers.
The first lesson, from 1st Chronicles 16:17-34, was read by Hon. Justice Arinze Akubuo (KSC) Chancellor of the Diocese, while the second one, taken for Philippians 4:1-8, was read by Dr. (Mrs.) J.N. Chukwunenye, wife of the Bishop of Oru Diocese.
Awards were given to deserving members of the church and friends of the diocese.
The Awardees included Hon. Chukwuma Ekomaru (SAN), Sir Bonny Nwoha, Sir (Barr.) Chudi Onuzo, Lady Victoria N. Okeke, Lady Florence Madueke, Lady Gladys Obodoekwe, Chief Ebere Uzozie and others.
Dignitaries in attendance included Hon. Goodluck Opia, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Edward Osuegbu Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, among others.
Hundreds of priests graced the occasion. Speaking, the Bishop of Oru Diocese, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey N. Chukwunenye thanked everybody who contributed towards the success of the Diocese in past 10 years.
Appeal fund for establishment of a boarding secondary school for the Diocese was instituted. The choir, and clergy wives performed at the service.