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Like I always say, Christianity is beyond what a single denomination can offer! I am a Christian, I work with every believer and I believe in the universal Church. So, the motive of this post shouldn’t be misunderstood!

The heritage and traditions of the Anglican church can only be enjoyed in a church that has mastered the modules… Hence, unmastery of its system passes a message that is so untrue which is popular among the younger people that “it is boring”. It is not boring, people made it boring. Why do I say so?

The tradition of the Anglican Church is dynamic and not static… The same hymn that can be sung without musical and still fit into musical instruments… That is why our Hymn Book bears the name “ANCIENT & MODERN”

When the rich traditions and heritage of the Anglican Church is celebrated in a Spirit filled Church, it doesn’t only minister the message of God’s grace to our souls, it also uplifts us to an unprecedent point! The hymns, Psalms and Homilies contains not just the Scriptures but God’s word concerning us at this time!

Such was the case today at All Saints’ Cathedral, Onitsha. I saw myself even praying in the Spirit after the Hymn for Sermon “Let there be Light” was sung as conducted by Rev. Ifeanyi Akonobi Chucks . It was the verses of that hymn that touched my spirit the most! It talked about God’s almighty word which darkness and chaos heard and took their flight! It talked about the healing of the sick in mind through God’s word! What a message!

These traditions may make less meaning in a mere religious gathering… People may even find themselves sleeping! The words contained in those hymns, sermons, collects, homilies and all that is Spirit-inspired! Therefore it can only make sense when a spirit-filled church sing these hymns in worship to God.

Finally, the sermon by Ven. Joe Ajaefobi was inspiring! I can’t detail the message here but I want to point out how he expressed the via media nature of the Anglican Church and he implored the Anglican priests to utilize the advantage of ‘via media’ nature to minister both the sacrament and the word! He also encouraged the Priests and the Collated Canons to be eager to study and teach the gospel since that is their calling. Hear him;

“The Roman Catholic Priests are masters in the Altar, when they minister the sacrament, they are best at it.

The Pentecostal Pastors are masters in the stage, when they teach the word and impart the anointing, you just don’t give a second thought on joining him!

The Anglican Pastors are both masters in the Altar and on the stage! Because they are both catholic and pentecostal! The Anglican priest must minister the sacrament and minister the gospel too… They must study to show themselves approved! The Anglican priests must master the modules and model the masters… That is our calling as Priests! Priest where called to be knowledgeable!

We need to teach our people the word of God! The priest may not be regarded but at the end of the day the medical doctors, the lawyer, the engineer, the footballer and even the kings will still come to sit under the teachings of the priest!

Indeed, not just the priest but every Christian is called to be a model! Be a model everywhere you are!”

In this vein, I wish to congratulate Rev. Canon Dr. Samuel Uzodinma, Rev. Canon Isaac .C. Onwueme, Rev. Canon Stephen Obasoanya and Rev. Canon David Arinze Ajaefobi on their collation as Canons of All Saints’ Cathedral by Our Lord Bishop (on the Niger) Rt. Rev. Dr Owen C. Nwokolo on this date.

May I end this post with the lyrics from the hymn for sermon A&M 266 (Let there be Light)

1
God, whose almighty word,
chaos and darkness heard,
and took their flight:
hear us, we humbly pray,
and where the gospel-day
sheds not its glorious ray,
let there be light.

2
Saviour, who came to bring
on your redeeming wing
healing and sight,
health to the sick in mind,
sight to the inly blind:
now to all humankind
let there be light.

3
Spirit of truth and love,
life-giving, holy dove,
speed forth your flight;
move o’er the water’s face,
bearing the lamp of grace
and in earth’s darkest place
let there be light.

4
Blessèd and holy Three,
glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, Love, Might,
boundless as ocean’s tide
rolling in fullest pride
through the world far and wide,
let there be light.

Remember, you can always join All Saints’ Cathedral from anywhere in the world by simply logging in to http://www.allsaintscathedral.org and watching our services live!

1st Service: 7am
2nd Service: 10am

I would like you to discuss your church in the comment box…

#GracefulGeorge

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