Retired Clergymen in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, with other retired church workers as well as some elders of the church, who have faithfully served the church in one capacity or the other, including their wives, were last Sunday treated to an annual get-together at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, sponsored by the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D and his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Eunice Okorocha (Mama Owerre).
T he luncheon with presentation of gifts ceremony, which has become an annual event that holds at about this time every year, since the inception of the incumbent Bishop, was preceded by a special Eucharistic service, jointly conducted by the Clergy in the Cathedral under the supervision of the Cathedral Administrator, Venerable Dr. Akajiaku Chukwuocha.
Preaching at the service, one of the retired Archdeacons, Ven. Emmanuel Opara, enjoined Christians, particularly the CATOL congregation, to endeavour to be Christ's ambassadors, and to be submissive like Him, when He (Christ) consented to be baptized by John the Baptist, in fulfillment of prophecy.
All people of God, he demanded, should at all times be ready to do God's work without distractions nor intention to be rewarded by man, except God.
The retired Archdeacon, underlined the importance of doing things that would be pleasing to God, and to always say the truth, or otherwise, have a change of heart in order that the blessings of God abound for them.
The Cleric drew his bible references from Matthew 3:15 and Isaiah 42.
Speaking at the end of the service, the Cathedral Administrator, Venerable Dr. A.C. Chukwuocha on behalf of the Lord Bishop, Rt. Rev. C.C. Okorocha, his wife, Dr. (Mrs). Eunice Okorocha (Mama Owerre), and the entire Cathedral congregation, thanked the church retirees for their presence and participation in the yearly event.
He apologized for the inability of the Bishop to be present in the service, owing to an emergency that he rushed out to attend to.
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