Christians usher in New Year with church services

Members of Sakaman Presby dancing and praising the Lord

Members of Sakaman Presby dancing and praising the Lord

It was a time of rededication as Christians from all walks of life gathered in their respective churches for December 31 Watchnight Service to usher in the New Year.

Mostly clad in white apparels, worshippers amidst singing and dancing offered thanksgiving prayers to God for the past year while committing themselves to him for 2019.

It was all joy and shouts of praise in most churches when the clock ticked exactly 12am and members ‘entered’ the New Year officially.

They ushered in the New Year with the lightening of firecrackers that illuminated the skies.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho,  there were heavy armed police presences at the various church premises as well as on the streets of Ho during the watchnight services which ensured a peaceful ushering in of the New Year in the municipality.

At the E.P. Church Dela Cathedral at Ho Kpodzi, the pews were filled beyond capacity, prompting the erection of a big screen on the compound for those outside to monitor the service within the chapel.

The sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. E. A. K. Amey, Clerk of the General Assembly of the church.

He urged the congregation to hold onto their faith as they moved from one stage of life to another, and live exemplary lives for others to turn to Christ.

Abigail Annoh reports that  at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Emmanuel Congregation-Djaman, members were asked to “Awake to a New Dawn” and work hard to overcome the challenges the year may present.

The catechist in-charge, Mrs. Constance Ntow-Amoah encouraged members to be sober and vigilant in the year, resorting to prayer and the word of God in times of difficulties.

Some members shared their plans for the year including building their educational and professional career while strengthening mutual relationship with loved ones, friends and family.

“I hope to get closer to God this year and lead a much matured Christian life and maybe hopefully get married this year,” Ms. Hariet Lamptey, a government nurse shared with smiles.

At the Mount Olivet Methodist Church in Dansoman, Jonathan Donkor reports that members were urged not to rely on mistakes made in the past year but look into the year with hope to achieve their aspirations.

Reverend Nii Yartey Dickson, Minister in charge of the PCG, Fritz Ramseyer Memorial Church, Bubuashie, admonished Christians to show love towards one another.

He said there was the need to live in harmony, forgive each other and forge forward in unity. A report by, Agnes Opoku Sarpong:

“As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ we must know why He was sent down to us, he came to wipe away our sins, therefore we must shun sin and love our neighbours just as Christ did for us,” he said.

He expressed worry about the ills in the society, citing corruption, robbery, murder among others.

From Takoradi PETER GBAMBILA, reports that, Rev. Fr. Thaddeus Apetorgbor of the Christ the King Catholic Church at Effiakuma in the Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic Diocese has asked Ghanaians to count their blessings from January 1st to December 31st 2018 and see how far God has journeyed with them.

Rev. Fr. Apetorgbor was delivering his New Year message to the congregation of Christ the King Catholic Church on the eve of New Year.

He observed that the church was full to capacity and some still outside not because they wanted to be around the building but to thank God for how far he has kept us from the beginning of the year till now that we were trying to cross over to 2019.

“God has been good to us as individuals, as a church, as people of God because I know there are some here who come to church only on the 31st and above all God has been marvellously good to us as a nation as we have not recorded any major conflicts,” he said.

He noted that we began the year with some friends, family members, church members, workside colleagues and school mates but as we have gathered to give thanks to God today, some of these people have gone to their maker so everybody should count his or her blessings and see how far God has protected them.

Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi reports from Darmang Assembly of the Church of Pentecost Adoagyiri District, 31st watchnight that Elder Abraham Kofi Larbi admonished Christians to unite in all that they do to promote togetherness.

‘’Whatever we do let unity prevail to promote the Church and the country’s development,’’ he added.

He urged Christians to consult the Lord to lead led them in all that they do and during times of difficulty.

Rev Larbi called on Ghanaians to pray and contribute to the development of the church and the country.

He said Christians should be obedient to the word of God and be truthful to Him.

‘’As Christians we must desist from things that would not glorify the Lord,” he added.

The Kaneshie Area Head of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Mike Etrue in his sermon on the theme, ‘Jesus Christ, the indescribable gift of God’ (2 Corinthians 9; 15) during the Christmas convention said God gave Jesus as a gift to the world freely.

He said Christians should thank God for Jesus Christ as a perfect gift to humanity.

Apostle Etrue lamented how most people have refused to accept the gift God gave to the world.

He urged Christians to be ambassadors of Christ in all that they do.

By Times Reporters

 

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