Lagos Mainland Diocese ends 6th synod with thanksgiving service

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A thanksgiving service at the Stephen’s Anglican Church, Igbobi, Lagos, closed the curtain on the 3rd session of the 6th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Lagos Mainland.

The service marked the end of the annual four-day event, which began on May 23 with worship at the Cathedral Church of St. Jude, Ebute Meta.

The Synod, themed ‘We are but Strangers and Aliens’, focused on the Christian belief of living as temporary residents on earth while yearning for a heavenly home.

The guest preacher, Rev. Stanley Fube, the Anglican Bishop of Lantang, Jos, highlighted this theme in his sermon based on St. Matthew 6:24. He warned against the illusion of immortality, saying, ‘the greatest deception anyone can make to themselves is to pretend that he or she would live forever’.

Bishop Fube criticised boastful attitudes and reminded the congregation of the transient nature of life. “No one will live here forever. Every person has their appointed time. One day they will look for you, and you will not be there. If we understand this, it will change the way we do things, especially as children of God.”

The Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Mainland and President of the Synod, Akinpelu Johnson, thanked all participants and church workers for their contributions to the Synod’s success.

Meanwhile, while addressing the Synod on May 24 at the Diocesan Headquarters, Cathedral Church of St. Jude, Ebute-Meta, Johnson urged the Federal Government to address the country’s economic challenges.

He lamented the negative impact of the removal of fuel subsidy and the rising cost of petroleum products, saying ‘as the Naira depreciates against the dollar, so also the cost of petroleum products increase, and its negative impact on the economy is evident for all to see’.

Senior Secretary of the Diocese, Ven. Adesanya Asaolu emphasised the Synod’s commitment to combating corruption within the diocese and the nation. He said ‘Corruption will be intolerable in the diocese as the fight to eradicate it continues to ensure national progress’.

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