PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA CELEBRATES 500 YEARS ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION WITH SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA CELEBRATES 500 YEARS ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION WITH SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA CELEBRATES 500 YEARS ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION WITH SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE

 

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana, (PCG) has commemorated the 500 years anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a special thanksgiving service at the Osu Eben-Ezer Church in Accra.

 

The special thanksgiving service which was under the theme: “Living God, Renew and Transform us” was attended by people from all walks of life.

On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther penned his 95 theses, a series of grievances and critiques of the Catholic Church. Luther’s criticism led to a split with the Roman Catholic Church and the birth of Protestantism which gave birth to the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.

Delivering a sermon at the thanksgiving service, the President of the Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra, Rev Prof Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, said the main focus of the Reformation was that salvation came by grace through faith alone, not by good works or payment. He said, it also opened up opportunities for faithful Christians to reach out as healers and reconcilers to a world torn apart by strife and inequality. 

He said When Luther posted his statements at Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, he meant to start a debate. Instead, it spread quickly and sparked a revolution in that day’s religion. He said Luther was eventually excommunicated from the Catholic Church and translated the Bible into German.

Rev Prof Mante said Martin Luther really emphasized the importance of God’s word being in the language of the people, and so translating the Bible into the language of people, groups around the world should be the main business of the universal church today. “Luther really focused on Jesus as the way that we understand who God is and how God is.” He said. 

Rev Prof Mante maintained that the Reformation broke down the barrier of what was happening in the Catholic Church,  bridged the divide between what was happening in the crowd, or the audience or the congregation, and what was happening on the platform. “Everything goes together, and when it does that, it glorifies the Lord.”

The Theologian said the Reformation touched on numerous theological and social issues at the time, including the rise of nationalism, declining faith in the Pope and new ideas in the Renaissance that challenged the way people thought. Luther became an influential figure not only because of his theses but because of the way he spread his ideas using the printing press, which Johannes Gutenberg had just invented.

Rev Prof Mante said it was worrying that most of the things that sparkled the Reformation had returned to contemporary church today. He called on church leaders in Ghana to ensure that the main idea of the Reformation which is salvation through grace and not by works is preached at all times.  

The Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong earlier in a speech said the PCG as a church that could trace its own lineage back to the Protestant Reformation that Luther helped launched, determined to give significant attention to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year.

He said although,  the Reformation, as a historical event, has taken place 500 years ago, the church of God always in need of reformation. 

“My prayer for us, as a church, is that we would continually return to the light of Scripture as we reform our doctrine, our worship, and our lives according to the Word of God. May our celebration of this anniversary not merely be a time of remembering a fabled “Golden Age” of the church; may it instead be a time when our own hearts are quickened to pursue Christ in a deeper and richer way than we have done in the past as we make use of the resources our mothers and fathers in the faith have passed down to us”.

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana was established by the Basel Missionaries from the Switzerland who arrived at Osu on 18th December 1828.

 

 

Thank you for supporting me, NPP – Akufo-Addo to Presby Church

Thank you for supporting me, NPP – Akufo-Addo to Presby Church

President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed his profound appreciation to the leadership and membership of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana for the prayers and support given to him and his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the December 2016 elections.

He said the NPP won the 2016 election because the Ghanaian people were dissatisfied with their living conditions and the direction in which the economy and, indeed, the country was headed.

“They believed we, in the NPP, were different and could put in place the requisite measures to improve their living conditions. My government has begun putting in place the measures that will improve the living conditions of the Ghanaian people,” he said

In attendance were the Acting Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Dr G.O. Kwapong; Clerk of the Presbytery, Rev. Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong; former Moderator, Reverend Prof. Emmanuel Martey; and other senior officers of the Church.

On the requests put before the President by the Acting Moderator of the Church, Rev. G.O. Kwapong, on behalf of the Church, President Akufo-Addo assured that “in due course, you will know my response, and it will be positive.” 

Addressing the 17th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Abetifi, Kwahu, on Saturday, he noted that nearly a year ago, he addressed the 16th General Assembly of the Church, where he, amongst others, outlined his vision for the country, should he elected into office and went ahead to appeal to the Church for its prayers and support.

“By the Grace of God, and with the generosity of the Ghanaian people, I am here today, not as the presidential candidate of the NPP, but as President of the Republic. It was ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts’”, the President said.

He, therefore, deemed it fitting and proper that, “after coming here to seek your support during the 16th General Assembly, I come back again, during the 17th General Assembly, to express my profound appreciation.”

President Akufo-Addo also used the occasion to thank the Church for all the assistance in education, health and agriculture, amongst others, that, for over a century, the Church has rendered to the Ghanaian people, and to the advancement of our nation. 

President Akufo-Addo appealed, once again, for the support of every Ghanaian, especially the support and prayers of the Church, to help him and his government carry out its mandate successfully.

I am fortified in this by the Gospel of St. Matthew in chapter 19 verse 26, which reads: ‘But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’”, he said

President Akufo-Addo urged the gathering to believe passionately “in our capacity to build a modern, developed, progressive nation, and free ourselves from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and handouts.”

He continued, “We can, together, build a new Ghanaian civilization, where there is fair opportunity for all in education and health, where hard work, enterprise and creativity are rewarded, where there is an abundance of decent jobs with good pay, where there is a dignified retirement for the elderly, where there is a social safety net for the vulnerable and disadvantaged, where governance is honest and free of corruption, and where the rule of law works.”

The founders of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stressed, chose the words Freedom and Justice as the country’s motto, “because they envisaged us as a shining example to the black peoples of the world of what a free, dedicated, enterprising, Ghanaian people can do to build a society the equal of any, anywhere on the face of the planet. I am deeply influenced by this vision.” 

The President prayed for God’s blessings for the Church and for its Moderator, Rt. Rev. Cephas Omenyo, “and nurses him back to full health. Our nation needs his ministry, as we can all testify from his powerful address this morning.”

 

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Prez Akufo Addo Calls For More Support & Prayers...

Prez Akufo Addo Calls For More Support & Prayers...

President Akufo-Addo has appealed, once again, for the support of every Ghanaian, especially the support and prayers of the Church, to help him and his government carry out its mandate successfully.

He made this request at the 17th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Abetifi, Kwahu, on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

President Akufo-Addo urged the gathering to believe passionately “in our capacity to build a modern, developed, progressive nation, and free ourselves from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and handouts.” 

“I am fortified in this by the Gospel of St. Matthew in chapter 19 verse 26, which reads: ‘But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible…we can, together, build a new Ghanaian civilization, where there is fair opportunity for all in education and health, where hard work, enterprise and creativity are rewarded, where there is an abundance of decent jobs with good pay, where there is a dignified retirement for the elderly, where there is a social safety net for the vulnerable and disadvantaged, where governance is honest and free of corruption, and where the rule of law works…  

…the founders of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stressed, chose the words Freedom and Justice as the country’s motto, “because they envisaged us as a shining example to the black peoples of the world of what a free, dedicated, enterprising, Ghanaian people can do to build a society the equal of any, anywhere on the face of the planet. I am deeply influenced by this vision” he indicated.

 

 

PRESBY CHURCH OF GHANA MINISTERS’ SPOUSES CONFERENCE ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

PRESBY CHURCH OF GHANA MINISTERS’ SPOUSES CONFERENCE ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

The Ministers’ Spouses Conference of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, (PCG) has elected new executive committee to steer the affairs of the group for the next six years.

The new executive committee is under the presidency of Mrs. Eunice Amfo-Akonnor with Mrs. Elizabeth Opong Wereko as Vice President.

Other officers elected were Mr. Edwin A. Opare, National Secretary, Mrs. Comfort Annor, Assistant National Secretary, Mrs. Joyce Puplampu, Financial Secretary and Mrs. Theresa Bawua as Treasurer. The out-going acting national president, Mrs Florence Mante becomes advisor.

They were elected at the just ended biennial conference held at the University of Ghana, Legon.
The National President elect, Mrs Euinice Amfo-Akonnoe on behalf of the officers, expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in them and pledged to put the group on a higher pedestal during their six year tenure of office.

She said: “God has found it necessary at this time to elect us as officers for the next six years. We will tap the expertise of all members to move the group forward.

Speaking to the media, the out-going national president, Mrs Florence Mante said the group over the years had undertaken lots of projects aimed at seeking the welfare of women and children. She mentioned some of these projects as breast cancer awareness and the establishment of a fund to support people diagnosed with the disease and the HIV/AIDS campaign project to sensitize their members.

She warned Ghanaians, especially women to be wary of people parading the country as Men of God and engage in dubious activities with sole aim of getting money quick. She said such persons gave themselves titles including pastor, bishop, archbishop and man of God but ended engaging in things that bring the name of God into disrepute.

Rev Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCG in a sermon at the thanksgiving service on Sunday to climax the four-day conference at the Faith Congregation at Shiashie in Accra said the church should be able to bring comfort, hope and peace to the distressed to fulfill the mission of Christ. "The church of Christ should be an arena of peace, hope and love for the people," he added.

He however expressed concern about "the lack of zeal among present day Christians to pursue the holiness and Godliness that Jesus asked them to live but rather go after riches."

He said the people's deviation from God's way and word has resulted in the number of social vices being experienced because parents had failed to bring up their children in the Lord's way.

Rev Dr Ayete-Nyampong commended ministers’ spouses of the church for supporting their husbands and wives to effectively carry out their ministerial duties.
This year’s event, which was under the theme: “When the Holy Spirit Moves, the Transformed Minister’s Spouse” was attended by more than 700 delegates.

 

The PCG Ministers’ Spouses Conference was formed 41 years ago to bring all spouses of the ministers together to support their spouses’ roles as ministers and also to support the welfare of women and children.

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