President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Friday night joined the Accra Ridge Church congregation to usher in year 2022.
He was accompanied by his wife Rebecca, members of his household and some government officials.
The watch-night service was marked with songs of praise and thanksgiving to God for seeing the country through the challenges of the COVID-19 in 2021.
There were intercessory prayers for Ghana, the Government, the Legislature, Judiciary, the security services, and for all health workers and affiliates.
Prayers were also offered for the restoration of the fortunes of the country, the sick, the needy, the bereaved, the family, the church, the personal development of Ghanaians and for the unity and prosperity of the nation.
A minister of the Church, Rev. Canon Samuel Lamptey, who delivered the sermon for the evening, urged Ghanaians not to be dismayed by the events of 2021 because “the Lord God is with us.”
Basing message on first three verses of first chapter of Joshua, he pointed out that when God put Joshua over Israel, He asked him to consider the past and the future, and just as He was with Moses, He would be with him also.
“As we stand with our backs to 2021, we should have confidence in the Lord that He would empower us to go through the new year 2022
” January is newness, a time to start afresh…. Let us acknowledge that newness and freshness comes from God and we should only rely on God, he emphasized.
Rev. Canon Lamptey urged Ghanaians to imbue the attributes of God in their lives as they entered the new year, live at peace with each other and lean on God’s word to impact the lives of others in society.
“We should adopt the live of Christ Jesus so that we build peace, and resolve to share love to drive away darkness.
The Minister prayed that 2022 would bring good tidings for Ghana, noting that though the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic had slowed economic and social life in the country, “the times and seasons of 2022 are in the hands of God.”
“We have nothing to fear, because the Chrsit walks with us and would never leave nor forsake us.”