PRESIDENT LAUDS ANGLICAN CHURCH:
The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has lauded the Anglican Church, especially the Accra Diocese for its immense contributions to national development especially in the areas of health and education.
The president said this when he addressed an enthusiastic crowd of Anglicans at the Independence Square as part of the Fifth anniversary of the enthronement of His Lordship, the Rt. Rev’d. Dr. Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto, Bishop of Accra.
The President acknowledged the inspiring leadership Bishop Torto has exhibited since he took over from the Most Rev’d. Dr. Justice Ofei Akrofi, the former Archbishop of the Church Province of West Africa and Bishop of Accra.
The President was accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo who also read the Epistle at the service.
At the anniversary service were government officials and Parliamentarians.The Ambassador of the United States to Accra, His Excellency Robert P. Jackson and wife.Ambassador Robert Jackson also read the first lesson from the Old Testament.
Our esteemed Chiefs of the Ga Traditional Council and their entourage were present in their numbers to worship with the members of the Anglican Communion.
The former Archbishop of the Koforidua Diocese, the Most Rev’d. Robert Garshong Allotey Okine and Most Rev’d. Dr. Justice Ofei Akrofi in attendance.
Bishop Torto in his sermon, spoke about discipline in relation to leadership and church growth. To him, discipline is an essential part of life, itis taught from childhood by parents to aid smooth life.
“With discipline, one can be systematic towards achieving one’s goal in life”, he said. Bishop Torto also bemoaned church discipline which he calls“the forgotten commandment”, a means whereby the devil opposes church growth.
This year’s ASSA rally was held on the 18th of June 2016 at the El-Wak Sports Stadium. It was attended by all the Archdeaconries within the Accra diocese. We had a total of two thousand six hundred and eighty-four (2684) children and the teachers numbering one hundred and ninety-seven (197).
The day begun with singing of Sunday school songs led by bro Shadrack Adotey. The gathering was addressed by bro Reginald Adotey on behalf of the ASSA President and Rev. Fr. Adade, Director of the Youth and Children’s Ministry.
The Anglican Women Ministry of the Diocese of Accra has participated in the annual World Day of Prayer service which was held at the Nativity Presbyterian Church, La in the Greater Accra region.
This year’ serviceon the theme “Receive Children. Receive me” formed part of a global celebration observed by Christian communities throughout the world who have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.