Ikeduru Knights end business meeting

This year’s first business meeting of the Council of Knights, Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru took place weekend at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Akabo, in the Ikeduru Council Area of Imo State with a call on members to always serve and with joy and true faith.
Addressing members of the noble order, the bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike JP, said that when one serves God with joy and true faith, there is fulfillment in service.
In a homily, entitled: “The challenge in service”, taken from the Gospel of Luke 10:17, Bishop Maduwike said that when one serves satisfactorily, he or she is always filled with joy and gladness.
He said that like the 70 evangelists who were sent out by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to evangelize and heal, and who returned with joy after a successful outing, the same is applicable to anyone who carries out his or her duties with diligence and vigour.
Bishop Maduwike lamented the non-chalant attitude of some members toward the programmes and activities of the council, especially those with high profile indebtedness and charged them to have a change of attitude.
Earlier, during the Eucharistic service, the assistant chaplain to the council, the Rev. Ogechi Nwogu, had warned on what he described as the present day professing Christians playing religion.
Admonishing from the Gospel of Luke 10:38-42, Rev. Nwogu lamented the hypocritical attitude of many Christians today who claim to be children of God but are not.
According to him, many people this day are busy doing nothing in the name of worship and service to God, while at the same time satisfied with various titles and their paraphernalia.
He said that the case of Martha and her sister Mary should be an eye opener to the present day professing Christians.
According to him, while Martha was encumbered with much services and ceremonies to please Jesus, Mary sat at his feet listening to the word of life which, he said, was the best thing that can happen to any person.
Rev. Nwogu regreted that today, many people, including Christian Knights and Ladies cherish titles and other worldly positions more than worshipping God in truth and in spirit.
Taking a reference from Psalm 91:1, the cleric said that Mary chose to dwell in the secret place of the Most High God, while Martha, like today’s professing Christians, preferred eye-services and ceremonies to please the Lord.
He called on all to repent and return to God in holiness and righteousness without which no one shall see the Lord.
In his address, the President of the Council, Dr. Sir Amos Agwamba, thanked members for finding time to partake in the august gathering and enjoined them never to relent.
He solicited for support for the newly inaugurated executive which, he said, was barely three months and prayed God to continue to sustain the council.
Dr. Agwamba reviewed the activities of the council within the short period of the present executives led by him; they included the two-day residential retreat and the last chapter meeting. He also spoke on the on-going council projects, including the utra-modern council secretariat.
The president lamented the high profile indebtedness of some members and pleaded with them to do something about it, adding that the relevance committee would soon swing into action to verify membership and financial status of Knights and Ladies.