Oru Diocese ends 2019 Synod

By Gid Ahanonu

Activities marking the Second Session of the Fourth Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Oru were rounded off last Sunday with a thanksgiving service in St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Otulu, Oru-West L.G.A. Imo State.
Delivering the sermon at the service conducted by Rev. Canon Joseph Egeonu, the guest preacher, Ven. Prof. Joe Omeokwu, charged Christians to embrace the cross of Jesus Christ which transforms them to obedient people who possess the good character that qualifies them to serve God and humanity.
He said that both the old and new testament are all about the cross of Jesus Christ which benefits anyone with faith, adding that Christians don’t need to demand anything from the forces of darkness as the good things are already provided them by His cross.
Prof. Omeokwe also enjoined the delegates and other faithful to be vessels of propagating the gospel of Christ through what he called “the three I ams”, viz, (1) I am a debtor of the gospel which should be paid by spreading the gospel as recorded in the book of the Romans 1:14. Secondly, one should be “ready” to defend the faith of Jesus Christ through the gospel as contained in Rom. 1:15.
The third injunction recorded in verse 16, according to the preaching stated that preachers of the gospel should not be ashamed of it in their attitude to life in preaching the gospel to themselves, the community and the society for a change in the society.
The Old Testament reading from the book of Deuteronomy 28:1-14 was read by, the Bishop’s wife, Dr (Mrs.) J.N. Chukwunenye, while the Ven. Lawrence Ikegwuonu conducted the intercessory prayers as the Otulu Archdeaconry Central Choir performed.
The service featured a fund raising activity and the cutting of the Synod Cake in which the  delegates and other Christian faithful participated positively.
The Bishop, in his  remarks extolled the performance of the Otulu Archdeaconry Synod planning committee and the host Archdeacon, Ven. J.C. Agubosi for making the Synod a huge success, while praying God for journey mercies onto the delegate and quests.
Bishop Chukwunenye equally handed over the right of hosting, and the Synod flag for 2020, to Oru East Archdeaconry and urged them to double the good performance of Otulu.