More than one thousand five hundred people Tuesday night massed up at the Korle-Gonno branch of the Lighthouse Chapel International to participate in the midnight vigil service to usher in the new year.
The service held in the church’s auditorium was filled to capacity with several others seated outside with screens mounted at vantage points to allow everyone access to the activities in order to ease congestion.
Security was tight even prior to the commencement of the service as people were thoroughly scrutinised before being allowed entry.
Church members, who were mostly clad in white clothes to signify triumph, sang and danced to glorify God for His love, mercies and protection and above all for a successful year and asked for a better year in 2020.
Bishop Hamesh Oddoye, the Head Pastor in charge of the Korle-Gonno Cathedral, said Christians must develop the desire towards bringing to their Maker the deviant ones.
He said the greatest thing Christians could offer God was to love Him, and it is imperative that Christians show that by assuming the roles of shepherds and feed the people with God’s words to prepare them for a better life.
The theme for the sermon was: “2020, the Year of Shepherding,” quoting scriptures from the Book of John 21:15, 15:16; Matthew 22:37; and Ephesians 4:10-12 among others to buttress his point.
Bishop Oddoye said “the greatest commandment according to the Bible is to love God and if you love God, you will feed his people, which means being a shepherd.
“God gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as shepherds and some us teachers and this is to prepare His people for the works of service,” he said.
“Therefore, your aim in the church is to become a shepherd because you have been called by God to be a Christian and that call means you have to do His work for others,” he added.