On Sunday, February 19, 2023, two congregations in the Tarkwa district, Ahwetieso and Pataho, were both served by Apostle Sam as he visited the district to proclaim the gospel. District Rector Agyapong and Deputy District Rector Awuah accompanied the Apostle.
As part of his visit to the district, Apostle George Sam ordained a Priest and Deacon.
At Ahwetieso congregation the textword was taken from 2 Corinthians 5:1-2, ‘For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation, which is from heaven’.
In spite of being in the midst of death because of sin, we have a promise of great glory to follow. For we have been saved by grace through faith in Him. The present misery and agony we experience in our lives can never be compared with the great glory that is awaiting us because we are in Christ, “For we know that if this earthly shelter which is our house is torn down, through worldly oppression, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, which is eternal, and kept for us in the heavens.” This the Apostle said as he encouraged the congregation not to be deterred by their circumstances, be it their current place of worship or their present condition in life.
Ending the sermon, the Apostle opined that we should never forget that we have a blessed hope in Christ and full assurance that we will one day be clothed with a new, immortal, resurrected body - our eternal dwelling place from heaven and we will be like Christ.
District Rector Agyapong and Deputy District Rector Awuah served the congregation.
The second service took place at Pataho congregation and the text used for the service was taken from James 1:17-18, ‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will, He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures’.
In every condition, no matter how difficult, is a gift designed to bring us good in our lives and not to destroy us. However, those who do not understand this will run the peril of seeing God as one who changes. However, this is a deception. God does not change. He has been good and perfect from eternity. He is good and perfect today. He will continue to be good and perfect tomorrow, along with everything that He does, and everything that He gives is perfect and the biggest gifts He gave us is His Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life – said the Apostle as he worshiped with the Pataho congregation.
Concluding the service the Apostle reemphasized that God is the giver of everything that is good, He knows what each individual needs and that means that each gift may look different from that of the next person, as God deems it appropriate and necessary for each individual and their growth.
District Rector Agyapong, Community Evangelist Eric and Priest Isaac supported the Apostle.