“The joy of Christmas is the same for all of us if it is based on our shared faith: God is love. He has sent His Son to this earth in-order to deliver us” said Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo as he conducted a festive divine service at the Accra Central Church with the entire members from the Accra West District.
The festive service was based on text word from Luke 2: 10-11, “Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord”.
Also, a bible reading for the festive occasion (Matthew 1:18-25) was read by Sister Philippa.
Explaining the underpinnings of the birth of Jesus, the Lead Apostle said: “As long as we remain children of the Lord, we must see ourselves as brothers and sisters and allow the bond of love to be shared amongst us. The promise of salvation was given, foretold by the prophets of old but none of them saw the actual true message behind it. Although they knew of the coming of the Saviour, His exact mission remained hidden.”
The Lead Apostle continued: “The people of old waited for the Messiah to be born, but today, we await the return of the Messiah.”
Concluding the sermon, the Lead Apostle encouraged all to leave behind our worldly cares and seek the Lord. Just as the Shepherds left everything behind to seek the Messiah when the angels proclaimed the birth of Jesus, so do our Apostles proclaim the Messiah in modern times: “Today, the sign of Jesus Christ appears to all, whenever we assemble in His House, whenever He is preached as the Saviour, whenever the Apostles forgive sins in His name and dispense the sacraments without restriction.”
Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo was supported by Apostle Asare, District Rectors Arhin (Accra West) and Emmanuel (Swedru), and Deputy District Rector De-Heer (Accra West).
After the divine service, the occasion was characterized by fellowship, sharing of gifts to children, vibrant performances of local Christmas songs by the Sunday School and choir along with the orchestra which led many to dance including the Lead Apostle.