FATHERS Day Message
“Have no fear, for I am with you; do not be looking about in trouble, for I am your God; I will give you strength, yes. I will be your helper, yes, my true right hand will be your support” (Isaiah 41:10)
beloved people of God, I am delighted to address you in times like this. It is
true that entire world is facing a very difficult time in history, and we know
obviously that it has not been easy for many of us. But we know that God will
surely show us mercy and deliver us from this great storm of Covid-19 Pandemic
for He says “weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning”
we all know, Fathers’ Sunday celebration is an age long tradition of the
church. It is a celebration that is not
observed as a mere
tradition, but an opportunity to
appraisal the fathers for their role both in the families as well as the Church. It equally provides time for fathers
to evaluate themselves and seeking
God’s grace in remaining
faithful to their responsibilities.
behalf of the entire
members of our beloved Anglican
diocese of Nsukka, we congratulate all
our fathers for this year’s fathers’
Sunday and wish them a glorious celebration.
Though this year’s celebration is coming in the midst of the challenges of Covid 19 Pandemic, we still
rejoice in the Lord, who is both the God of the mountain as well as the
God of the valley.
year, God has laid in our heart, the theme, “RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD” as drawn from 1 Tim. 5:8
“But if any provide not for this own and especially for those of his own house,
he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel”. This is the theme that
will engage us this year and much time
will be devoted to discuss
it in our conference that will be
rescheduled as the challenge of Covid 19 will make it difficult to
hold as earlier scheduled. But suffice it to say that, Paul’s description and emphasis of
Christian faith was not just a confession but a way of living. Fathers have great responsibility in the
home. A neglect of this duty is so far a denial of the faith. That is to say,
if we profess faith in Christ while we refuse to care for those in need
especially our own family and relatives, is to show a “dead” faith; essentially
denying the faith and showing oneself to be less virtuous than an unbeliever.
Fathers’ authority and responsibility in the home should not just be for
self-indulgence or pleasure, but for the glory of God.
we celebrate our dear
fathers, we appeal to them, to use this moment of
celebration to be a source of encouragement in this difficult time to all people starting from
our homes. Fathers should intentionally strengthen their relationship with their
wives and children through
genuine love and care. This is
also an opportunity to
demonstrate the Christian love ur Christian love to our
neighbours and relatives. We encourage
both individuals and groups to visit the aging fathers of faith who can
no longer attend church programmes regularly.
you are all aware, our churches
have not been what we they used to be since March. We have
passed through challenging
times. And almost every facet of the society including
the Church has been
affected. This period has challenged our ecclesiology in the light of
the “new normal”. And by every indication there is need for a
paradigm shift in ministry.
are required to change our traditions our organizational ecology and ministry
praxis. We are seeing the need for the ministry of the church should be
decentralized. Where ministry should focus in the homes and lives of church
members and in the community. This requires
that the Church programs should be organised for equipping
members through sound teachings while edification, relationship, mission and
multiplication are done in the homes and small groups.
I conclude, I enjoin you to continue to encourage one another in the Lord and
be steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord, because you know that
your labour in the Lord is not in vain.
May we stand as we sing from SS & S 561/Abu 188 stanzas 1 & 2
to the winds thy fears;
and be undismayed:
hears thy sighs, and counts thy tears;
shall lift up thy head
waves, and clouds, and storms,
gently clears thy way;
thou His time; so shall the night
end in joyous day.
Christ our Foundation
Christ our Example
Destined to Lead
Brother, Friend and Bishop,
Rev. A. E. Agbo (JP)
(Bishop of Nsukka)