Christians in Cape Coast defied the rains on Sunday morning and converged in churches and at convention grounds for Easter services in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The 45 minutes rains, which started around 0900 hours, compelled some Christians who were already on their way to church, on foot, to seek shelter at various places, while others who were almost at their destination hurriedly moved unto the wet grounds, regardless of their white attire.
At the Ebenezer Methodist Church, Siwdo, the Very Reverend John Quayson, the Superintendent Minister of the Siwdo Circuit, who delivered the sermon, said some Christians were ignorant of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ though every Easter; they proclaimed that, “He has risen”.
Preaching on the theme “Christ’s Victory over Death”, he said, as a result of the ignorance they were unable to tap into that power to cause improvements in their finances, health, marriage, education and other aspects of their lives.
He said there was power, healing and maximum value in the blood of Jesus and urged Christians to believe in Jesus for the solution to every challenge they faced.
He gave assurance that, “If Jesus Christ was able to overcome death; there is nothing he cannot overcome”.
At the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, the Right Rev. Victor Reginald Atta Baffoe, the Anglican Bishop of Cape Coast, in a sermon on the theme “The Resurrection Power”, urged Christians to allow the power of the risen Christ to guide them in all their activities.
At the Lion of Judah Cathedral of the Light House Chapel International, Bishop Jake Godwyll, said the celebration should draw Christians to the reality of Christ’s death and urged them to invest in spiritual things, and work for the Lord, knowing that their labour would not be in vain.
Mostly dressed in white apparels and the uniforms of the various organisations, the congregations sang praises to God for giving His begotten Son to die for the remission of the sins of the world, more than 2,000 years ago.
Rev Fr Samuel Asantey of the St Joseph’s Catholic Church at Amanful, asked Christians to let the activities and teachings of the Passion Week through to the resurrection of Christ reflect in their daily activities and duties.
He said as followers of Christ, Christians should be promoters of unity and peace and not those who brought divisions in their homes, families and work places.
He said as true witnesses to the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus it was imperative for all Christians to emulate the moral values of Christ, which were honesty, truthfulness, love and care, to proclaim the gospel of the Lord.
“The new Easter life should bring new leafs, evergreen leafs that will produce fruits all year long and make you promoters of unity,” he added.
Rev Fr. Asantey said just like the early Christians, such as Mary of Magdala, Peter and John, who had the courage and concern for Jesus even at the time of his death, Christians of today should be courageous and have the concern for the word and teachings of the church.
Seventeen persons were baptised into the Catholic faith, while eight received their first communion.
The occasion was also used to launch the church’s harvest.
All the churches prayed for peace and the progress of the nation, especially in the November polls.
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