62 Anglicans confirmed at St. James (Ang.) Church Uzii

By Chukwudi Ikpe

A total of 62 Anglican faithful were last Sunday confirmed by the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP, at St. James Anglican Church Uzii, Owerri.
The newly confirmed faithful also received their First Holy Communion same day.
Addressing the newly confirmed, Bishop Oparah charged them to remain focused and continue to trust in God as well as the leadership of the church.
He reminded them that the leadership of the church in future lies in their hands and urged them to allow the Spirit of God which they have received to lead and direct them so that they would grow and mature in the way of the Lord.
Earlier in his sermon, the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Jonah Nwaebo, called on Christians to do away with anything that would lead them away from the presence of God, stressing that, no matter the situation; there is hope in the presence of God.
He pointed out that every Christian was created by God for a purpose, adding that without the Holy Spirit, no one can achieve the purpose of God in his life.
Rev. Nwaebo, therefore, charged the faithful to always desire the Holy Spirit which empowers men.
The Bishop’s Chaplain warned the newly conformed not to ignore the antics of the devil and urged them to recognize Jesus so that he will do exploits in their lives as well as see them through.
The service was conducted by the Vicar of the Church and the Parish Priest, Ven. Engr. Echi Nwogu, who also celebrated the Eucharist.
Rev. Canon Obed Nosiri, Priest in charge of Bishop Okorocha Anglican Church, read the Epistle from Acts 8:14-17 while the Curate of St. James Church, Rev. John Elekwachi, and one of the confirmation candidates, Precious Amaechi, read the Gospel from Matthew 18:1-16 and the Old Testament lesson from Amos 2:29-32 respectively.
In his vote of thanks, the Vicar, Ven. Engr. Echi Nwogu expressed gratitude to the Bishop for his first Episcopal visit, noting that the Bishop had earlier visited Uzii Mission compound.  He also thanked Bishop Oparah for appointing a member of the Church, Chisom Elukposi, as a church and expressed optimism that he will not disappoint.