Ndukuba enjoins members to consecrate their lives to God at dedication
Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba has called on the church members to consecrate their lives to God like David, who though desired to build the temple, in obedience to God, heartily yielded it to his son Solomon. He said consecrated lives are worth more than material provision and what money could buy or do in the church. He said David made every necessary arrangement and provision to make his son succeed as the house belonged to God.
The Primate, who spoke at the dedication of the magnificent new Cathedral of Christ, Ezihe in Imo State, last week, noted that today, some people would make name for themselves and even hinder God’s work.
Ndukuba, who took his text from 1 Chron. 29:1-5, explained that the church represents people and when people are no longer there, the building ceases to exist likewise its purpose is changed. But when people are there, church will still be on, even when the building is destroyed or closed.
The head of the church noted that a lot went into the erection of the edifice, appreciated the people, and urged them not to seek for their ego to be massaged because of their contributions.
“Brethren, this is the house of God. This is house of prayer. No person should seek special recognition. What is needed today is obedience to God, which can only be when life is surrendered to God. People hear and obey different voices. Whom you submit to is your master. I pray that we learn to submit to God. That is the beginning of our consecration,” he said.
The Cathedral is for the Diocese of Isi Mbano, which was originally Okigwe North Diocese with Rt. Rev. A.I. S. Nwaizuzu, as the Bishop and the Cathedral at St Barnabas Okigwe. But, after the Diocese of Okigwe, with the Cathedral at St Barnabas Okigwe created out of the Diocese of Okigwe North in 2008, the Okigwe North Diocese started using Christ Church Ezihe, Isi Mbano Local Government Council Area, as her Cathedral in 2009 and subsequently changed its name to the Diocese of Isi Mbano in 2013 under the bishopric of Rt. Rev. (Dr) Godson Ukanwa.
Following need for an ultramodern Cathedral for the Diocese by Bishop Ukanwa, Foundation Stone of a new Cathedral was laid on March 19, 2016 by Archbishop Caleb Anaezionwuonyeogaegbu Maduoma, which is now completed and dedicated by Primate Henry Ndukuba. At the event, awards were given to some members and friends who made significant contributions to the Cathedral and Diocese, including Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. (Dr) Owen Nwokolo.
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