By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Right Reverend Prosper Amah, Bishop of Ogbaru Anglican Diocese, has held the first session of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese.
The synod ended with a call on Christians to make preparations and embrace the second coming of Christ.
The synod officiated by the Bishop of the Diocese, Right Reverend Prosper Amah, held at St. Mary, the Virgin Anglican Church, East Niger, attracted dignitaries across the state and beyond.
In his sermon, the Guest Speaker, Venerable Iloka, stressed the need for Christians to have an encounter with Christ.
He said without the passion of Christ, Christianity would be meaningless, adding that the knowledge of the word of God transformed life.
Speaking at the event, the Bishop on the Niger, Right Reverend Owen Nwokolo, underscored the synod as crucial in the Church's calendar, as it provided the platform and avenue to deliberate on issues as they affected the Church and the Diocese at large.
For his part, the pioneer Bishop of Ogbaru Diocese and Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Right Reverend Samuel Ezeofor, who spoke on the theme of the synod, observed that such was apt, stressing that the mystery of Christian faith was captured in the death, resurrection and victory of Jesus Christ, which according to him, was the hallmark of the Christian faith.
He said if Christ had not risen, the Christian hope would have been in vain.
In his speech, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by his Special Assistant on School Monitoring, Dame Chinyere Mbakwe, commended the growth of evangelism in the area, noting that his passion for civil servants was immeasurable.
Earlier in his presidential address, Bishop Amah noted that the message of the gospel had lost focus on the lessons of resurrection power and second coming of Christ.
He lamented the level of moral decadence in society and urged Christians to strive to be prepared at all times.