Cleric charges christians on service to humanity
Christians have been urged to be committed in serving God and man irrespective of their leadership or followership position with all their heart in order to attract God’s blessings and favour.
The gospel minister Akaninyene Akpan gave the charge on Sunday, during the one year anniversary of the ordination of elders and deacons at Church of Christ, 170 Ikot Ekpene road, Uyo recently.
The Man of God who tagged his homily “These things, Command and Teach” as drawn from 1 Timothy 4:11, said that Christians must key into the leadership and followership responsibilities of serving one another which is the reflection of God’s saving grace to all.
He explained that God, life conduct and the relationship we have with other are what makes a leader and follower ideal. While urging the Elders and Deacons not to subject themselves to struggling of who is the greatest, but rather put more work in their responsibilities as that alone will please God.
“Whether you are a leader or follower, you are but a servant of God. We were called for the service of God” According to Jesus, he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted, he added.
On his part, the secretary to the council of Bishops, Deacon John Ekpenyong , while presenting the report of the landmark achievements of the council in the last one year from 15th November 2019 to 15th November 2020.
He thanked God for His love and grace towards them in the discharge of their responsibilities, stressing that the last batch of ordained Elders and Deacons in the congregation was forty years ago in 1979, before their batch in 2019.
In the areas of baptism, peace making and benevolence, the council of Bishops has reached tremendous success even in the midst of Covid-19 out break and lockdown.
“To add additional input and efficiency in the technical and secretariat departments of the church, council procured two wireless microphones, two short range speakers to boast the public address system, a prepaid Meter, computer laptop and an automatic photocopy machine with the capacity to run forty copies a day” he said.
Similarly, the council of Bishops added a boost to power supply in the purchase of a `15KvA’ lister diesel engine generator as an alternative to the existing plant.
Highpoint of the service was prayer for the five Elders, Ifiok Bassey, Ime Udoh, Ime Anana, Effiong Ekpa, Daniel Etuk and two Deacons Udeme Udo and John Ekpenyong.