ABUJA – Women have been advised to render service unto the Lord heartily and in accordance with His standard.
Ven. Michael Oluwarohunbi, the Vicar of the Cathedral Church, Anglican Communion, gave the advice in a sermon in Abuja on Saturday.
He spoke at the Holy Eucharist Re-dedication Service of 2014 Mothers’ Union/Women’s Guild of the Abuja Diocese of the Church.
Oluwarohunbi, who is also the Bishop-elect of Yewa Diocese of the communion, took his text from Colossians, Chapter 3, verse 23 which says: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.’’
The readings for the service were taken from Isaiah 51: 1-8 and Galatians 3:23-29.
The preacher reminded the women that God did not create anyone to be a liability and for this reason, everyone should discover and key into God’s purpose for her, being guided by His standard.
He reminded every woman that as a “Christian daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, you have roles to play at all levels’’, stressing that being a Christian woman is a calling.
“Do your work with passion and every sense of responsibility for we shall be accountable to the Lord.’’
He further charged the women to make God the ultimate goal of their service; employing all the good virtues God had endowed them with, while shunning eye service, gossip and pride.
The vicar told the women to strive to make a positive difference in the course of their service in 2014, in order to receive God’s blessings.
The Primate, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, represented by the women’s Chaplain, Ven. Peter Okunromade, pledged his continued support and assistance to all the women’s activities.
Okoh urged all women to embrace and discharge their responsibilities at home, in church and in the work place diligently and with the fear of God, with an assurance that God would release His blessings on them.
Mrs Nkasiobi Okoh, the wife of the Primate and National President, Mothers’ Union/Women’s Guild of the church, commended the women for the very impressive turnout for the service.
She thanked the primate and the entire clergy for their continued support toward advancing the women’s work not only in Abuja Diocese, but also in other dioceses across the country.
She said the women would continue to complement the work fathers in the Lord in the church as well as play their role as dutiful and responsible Christian women, with a view to raising Godly children and homes.
She congratulated the bishop-elect and prayed for God’s enabling power and grace to discharge this important spiritual duty successfully.
She urged the women to attend the enthronement service scheduled to hold on Feb. 18 at Ibadan.
Highlights of the 2014 activities of the Abuja Diocese include the Mothering Sunday, Sports Fiesta, Prayer Retreat and Archdeaconry and Diocesan Conferences.
The re-dedication service, an annual event, took place at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Gwarinpa, Life Camp.
The service brings together women from the various churches in the seven archdeaconries in the Abuja Diocese.
The activities of the women for the year will be anchored on the theme “Service unto the Lord.’’ (NAN)