SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011
DIOCESE OF UGHELLI HOLDS SYNOD AT OTORHO-OROGUN
BY REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
The second session of the fifth synod of the Diocese of Ughelli, Anglican Communion was held at Otorho-Orogun in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State on 30th of April to 4th of May, 2011.
The Synod which has its theme as ‘Do the work of the Lord now that it is day’ Jn. 9:4’ was chaired by the Bishop of the Diocese Rt. Revd. Cyril O. Odutemu and his wife Mrs. Ufuoma Odutemu. It was his first Synod after his consecration and enthronement as the Bishop of the Diocese in 2010.
Preaching on the theme during the Sunday service, the Bishop of Sapele Diocese, Rt. Revd. Blessing Erifeta challenged the entire diocese to be more committed to doing the work of God with their time, talents and resources. ‘We are to use the time the Lord has given to us to do exploit in the vineyard of the Lord’ he said. He cautioned Nigerian politicians to stop falsehood and deceits of the electorates.
Others who spoke on the theme of the synod were Ven. Stephen Ogue, Ven. Alfred O. Kaku and Ven. O. D. Edjere. Ogue enjoined synod delegates to be more vibrant and participatory in their local church units, while Kaku urged delegates to occupy till Christ will come, always abounding in the use of every talents as Christ has deposited on everyone according to his/her ability Matthew 25:15. The Revd. Canon R. D. Omodoro led in the Bible study. Topics of the Bible study included, the dangers of neglecting the work of the Lord; Do the work of the Lord now it is day before your night comes, and do the Lord’s work at the right time, in the right place with the right materials.
In a well researched and well delivered address/charge, Bishop Odutemu called on the Federal Government to critically examine the reforms in the banking sector, especially with regards to the issue of the Sharia banking as it affects the Nigerian Christians since Nigeria is a secular state. He called on those who are fond of rigging elections to repent and seek the face of God for repentance and forgiveness of their sin. He congratulated those who won the elections freely and fairly saying that God will guide them during their tenure. He enjoined young ones to obey the elderly in the society and concluded by calling on all to be fully committed to doing the work of the Lord.
Among those present at the synod were Rt. Rev. & Mrs. Onekpen (Diocese of Ika), Rt. Rev. Christian E. Ide (Diocese of Warri), Rt. Rev. Jonathan Edewor (Oleh), Rt. Revd. Edafe Emamezi (Izon West), Rt. Rev. Jolly Oyekpen (Akoko-Edo), Rt. Revd. Vincent Muoghereh rtd, Ven. (Barr) Ernest Onuoha (Rector, Ibru Centre), Rev. Canon Gabriel Kpagban (Chaplain, Ibru Centre), their wives and a host of others.