Category: Sunday sermon Written by Ben Atonko Hits: 1986
President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Papa Ayo Oritsejafor last Thursday hosted believers from diverse denominations at the Centre of Excellence in Warri, Delta State, the headquarters of Word or Life Bible Church to mark St. Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day, which signifies love for humanity, is celebrated every 14th February with sharing of gifts.
On Thursday, thousands of people from different denominations living in and around Warri thronged the centre to celebrate love, courtesy of Oritsejafor.
In the past four years Oritsejafor and the Word of Life family have been celebrating Valentine’s Day with the people, sharing the love of God. For Oritsejafor, it is a way to touch and affect the less privileged and down trodden in the society.
Thousands of people now look forward to February 14, a day they come to celebrate love in the house of God.
A press statement by the CAN president’s media aide, Mr Kehinde Ashaka, quoted Oritsejafor as saying, “There is no better way to celebrate love than in the house of God, with God, who is love himself.”
This year’s celebration of love had over 8,000 persons in attendance and everyone was satisfactorily refreshed and entertained.
The event started with opening prayers. A renowned gospel artist, Chioma Jesus was the main attraction.
During the praise and worship session, the congregation defiled the rain to sing and dance unto God.
Many saw the rain as showers of blessing, which came to cool what would have otherwise been a very hot and humid day.
Red and white colours of Valentine’s Day added glamour to the event.
Soon after the praise and worship, Oritsejafor came with the word of life, which he entitled, “what is love?”
Taking his scripture from 1 John 4:7-8, the CAN president emphasized that love is not about sex, alcohol or partying.
He said love is about sacrifice, the type that God demonstrated by giving His only begotten son to mankind (John 3:16).
He highlighted the important Ps of love, provision and protecting for the vulnerable.