Friday, 14 April 2006
The Right Reverend Daniel Yinka Sarfo, Anglican Bishop of Kumasi, has called on Christians to exhibit a high sense of submissiveness and try to put the interests of others above theirs. He said there were also the need for them to be selfless, caring, doing good at all levels, preaching the gospel and following the steps of Jesus Christ in all situations.
Delivering an address at the closing session of a special Good Friday service on the "Seven Words From the Cross" at the Saint Cyprian's Anglican Cathedral in Kumasi, Bishop Sarfo called on the worshippers to invite Christ into their lives, if they had not done so. He told the congregation that the celebration was a day of salvation and said as Jesus had shown the way, they must try to be righteous, loving, forgiving and always praying for the needy and the vulnerable in the society.
In an early hour service, the Very Reverend Isaac Kojo Anokye, the Dean of the Cathedral, said God expected Christians to have sacrificial love to one another as God showed his love in concrete terms to mankind. He said the basic point of the Good Friday was the offering of love from God, so that mankind could once again be restored eternally to God.
Preaching the sermon at the Wesley Methodist Cathedral, Right Reverend Nuh Ben Abubekr, Methodist Bishop of Kumasi, stressed the need for Ghanaians to forgive one another and geared their efforts at developing the nation. He said, as Christians, there was the need to have compassion and kindness to their neighbours and asked them to support the needy in society.
Bishop Abubekr said the death of Jesus Christ on the cross should remind Christians to re-examine and re-dedicate themselves to the worship of God at all times. He asked the congregation not to use the occasion only for merry-making but reflect on issues that would change their attitudes and lives. He asked Ghanaians not to let their sufferings affect their responsibilities as parents in providing the needs of their children and other dependants.
At the Gospel Centre Assemblies of God at Old Tafo, Reverend John Kwabena Boakye, Superintendent Minister, expressed concern about increasing negative practices like bribery and corruption, nepotism and others in the country and asked Christians to pray unceasingly to help minimize such practices.
He said the economic and social development of the country depended on the efforts of the people to work harder and asked them to contribute meaningfully to its development. Rev Boakye reminded employers to think about the welfare of their employees, while employees should also work harder to ensure higher productivity.