Father’s Day celebration in Port Harcourt was memorable as Fathers at St. Paul’s Cathedral Diobu celebrated the day with a Thanksgiving Service to God with the theme: THE SCARLET THREAD.
The St Paul’s Cathedral men whom currently have embarked on building project (CMF Retreat Centre) in the church premises began church service today with a processional hymn. Also, First and Second Bible reading from the book of Joshua 2:1-24 and Acts 2:22-36 by Sir Ferdinard Anyawata and Sir Hon Lucky U. Worluh respectively.
The Guest Preacher, Ven. Dr. John C. Adubasim who took his text from Joshua 2, admonished men against what he described as “Made in China Men”.
He said, “made in China men are those men who can take care of their girl friends outside but cannot take care of their wife and family at home. They pay school fees for girls and so on but nothing to write about in their home.”
“They are China Products”, he said.
He urged men to stop being mere church goers. Rather, they should leave a ttransformed life, with a symbol for Christ.
Ven. Adubasim explained that The Scarlet Thread Symbolizes; An emblem of atonement, An emblem of the blood of Christ that washes the sin of the world and A pledge for Safety.
The Chairman Planning Committee, Sir Hon. Lucky U. Worluh in his message said, “we ought to look up to God and depend on Him always. Let us find means of serving and joining in his work as well as supporting it with our substance.”
Sir Worluh also said, “We have a responsibility towards God who sent his begotten son to die for our sins.”
He called on men in the church to aspire that the approved scarlet thread will bound on the heart of all as truly certified children of God and thanked God who provided him the opportunity to serve him is such capacity.
The Cathedral CMF President, Sir Ferdinard Anyawata, in his message urged men to be excited, “Be excited because you are alive! Do you know there are people facing similar challenges like you and did not see today? He asked.
“So, in the midst of the trials and pain, find time to give the devil a ‘black eye’ by your positive attitude.” he said.
The Archdeacon, Ven. Kingsley Ogbonda, also in his message said “God our father decided to replicate in man his role of fatherhood -nurturing, protection, provision and so on.”
“The role of nurturing through teaching of the Bible must be reawakened. The father must take responsibility of the leading of the prayers and bible studies at home,” he said.
Other events for the Father`s Day was the presentation of Award to the father of the year 2019; Sir Dr. Nnanna Oyekwere.
Others who also received award for their outstanding roles in the building of the house of God were; Chief Seid Muna, Engr. Luke Nwanodi, Evang. Vitalis Ahanonu, Chief Emma Anyanwu and Hon. Chim Okwu-Worlu.
Father’s Day celebration in St Paul’s cathedral also featured the cutting of cake by advanced men and women between 70yrs and above with the Bishop DNDN, Rt. Rev’d and Mrs Wisdom B. Ihunwo, as the Bishop also offered special prayers.
The church in an intercessory prayer, prayed for men around the world, Nigeria as a nation and the churches. Drama, special numbers were among the activities for the Father’s Day celebration.
The men concluded the Father`s Day program with lots of food and drinks with Sir Worluh. Praising and thanking Sir Hon. Lucky U. Worluh and his committee for an outstanding Father’s Day celebration which they said their efforts made it unique and huge success.