14 December 2012

Nigeria: Anglican Church of Redemption Celebrates Harvest

The Anglican Communion Church of Redemption, Lekki (CORL) recently held her annual Harvest Thanksgiving and Love feast service.

At this time, the CORL believes it is a time of harvest having sowed and reaped the good fruits of the land. "We always come together to give God part of what He has given us for He says bring into my store house so that there will be meat," the Vicar and Reverend of the church, Mr. Obiora Anyika, said during the event

He explained that, "The significance of thanksgiving is to appreciate God for all that He has done in our lives. It could be done in different ways but basically; it is to appreciate God for the harvest. The foundation of it all is that it is celebrated before or after the harvest for the year and you come to thank God."

Anyika said that the role of the church in the society is to bring the mind of God to the society, which is love our neighbours as ourselves."

He continued, "As Christians, we ought to love God first then our neighbours. "When we obey and love God with all our hearts, soul and might, we will not harm our fellow humans: I will not take to myself what belongs to the both of us." "In a community where the fruit of the Spirit is exhibited that community must have grown with fairness for one another just like in the early church, the Christians sold what they had, brought them in and shared with others; they were living selfless lives," the Vicar stressed. He, however, urged that Christians should look around and help themselves in the Church and the community.

The Vicar explained the reason for the theme, 'Harvest of Appreciation.' "This is relevant to our experience with God as a church. Understanding the nature and the quality of something leads to the recognition of the value in every event in one's life. After Noah and His family survived the flood, he built an altar to God and took of every clean beast, fowl and offered burnt offerings on the altar."

There were songs of praises and dances as members and non-members gave special songs and performances during the service. The hall was filled with joy and excitement as they sang and worshipped God in the different ethnic groups, thereby, carrying everyone along.

The guest speaker, Dr. Emeka Onwuakpa, said Christians should be committed to God as they promised in the beginning of the year. "This is a year of commitment, therefore, you should pray for the grace to remain committed."

Meanwhile, some members of Saint Bartholomew Anglican Churh, Aguda, including the choristers graced the occasion with vernacular songs of praises. Awards were given to some deserving members of the church, who have contributed immensely to the growth of the church since its establishment. Such persons included Mr. Nonso Nwosu; Mr. Chibuzor Ogbonna; Mr. and Mrs. Nwafor Victor and Mr. Chukwuemeka Okoye among others.

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