Christians in the Sakumono enclave of Tema on New Year’s eve joined other Christians all over the country at various midnight services to herald 2019 in grand style.
Churches were filled to capacity with occasional and regular church goers in thanksgiving for God’s protection and guidance for the year in retrospect and to re-dedicate their lives to God in the ensuing year.
At the Christ the King Anglican Church (CKAC), parishioners, most of who were clad in white apparels, sung praises and worship whiles intermittently waving white handkerchiefs in joyous fashion to bid farewell to 2018.
It was preceded by intercessory prayers and a Sung Mass characterised by the chanting of Psalms and Canticles.
At the last clock tick at midnight, Parishioners chanted the “Te Deum Laudamus – We Praise Thee O God” canticle, which was succeeded with shouts of “Happy New Year” and “Afirinhyia Pa” spontaneously, as an expression of great joy in the New Year.
In a homily on the theme “Stock Taking,” Reverend Father Roland Kpaonu, the Parish Priest of the CKAC emphasised the need for Christians to portray a life worth emulating in order to draw unbelievers to the fold.
He called on Christians to take stock of their lives and rededicate themselves with renewed commitment to the service of God. “Let your lives be a true reflection of who Christ is and introspectively, take stock to enable you to share in the glory of God,” he said.
Reverend Kpaonu further stated that Christians ought not to conform to the pleasures of the world as those desires had the tendency of derailing their gains as Christians. The Holy Spirit is needed to speak to the hearts and minds for God’s righteousness, he added
“Christ is the propitiation of our sins, and the leadings of the holy spirit in the lives of a Christian is not an option but vital and necessary for a new life in Christ,” he said.
At the Assemblies of God Church, Glory Chapel in the Sakumono Estate, an Associate Pastor Reverend James Subreh, speaking on the theme: “Achieving results in 2019 and beyond,” called on congregants to give off their best and ignite their passions for a purposeful Christian living.
The Very Reverend Ebenezer Hopeson Adjei, Superintendent of the Tema West Circuit, in his New Year’s message at the Mount Zion Methodist Church in Sakumono, called on Ghanaians to renew their patriotism and eschew corruption and acts that deprive the state of resources for development.
The euphoria at the Hope Presbyterian Church at Sakumono was breathtaking as Reverend Emmanuel Obeng Ntow, the District Minister delivered a rather soul lifting message to usher congregants into the new year, admonishing them to let the holy spirit take centre stage of their lives.
By: James Amoh Jnr|Theprobegh.com|Ghana