Bolgatanga (UE), Feb. 22, GNA – Mrs Lucy Awuni, Upper East Deputy Regional Minister, has appealed to ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ to use their pulpits to reverse moral decadence in society.

She said spreading the message at sermons would whip up the interest of the citizenry to promote good moral practices which were critical for development.

Mrs Awuni made the appeal to climax activities marking the first anniversary of the Upper Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Northern Ghana held at the Jubilee Park in Bolgatanga where about 1000 congregants participated.

The Upper Presbytery was carved out of the Northern Presbytery and it is made up of six districts of the church including Garu, Sandema, Bawku Bolgatanga, Wa and Gambaga forming the Presbytery.

The Occasion, which aimed to thank God for seeing the Upper Presbytery through was also to reflect on their existence, plan ahead and reach out to more people through mission work, and other services the church provides to transform people.

Mrs Awuni congratulated the Presbytery for the immense role they had played in the development of the Northern Sector and the country at large, especially in the provision of services including health, agriculture and education.

She further congratulated the leadership of the church and commended them for their efforts in the establishment and running of one of the best orthopedic centers, Nurses Training College in Bawku, eye clinics, and vocational schools to relieve the plight of the people of the area.

She appealed to the youth to eschew any negative tendencies that were likely to disturb the peace of the country as the 2012 election approaches. ”Ghana has been and continues to be a beacon of hope in Africa as far as democracy was concerned” she added.

Reverend Dr Solomon Sole Saa, Ecumenical and Social Relations Director of the church in a sermon reminded the presbytery to uphold the solidarity and the glory of God, and work hard to realize the vision and mission of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.

He advised them not to use the word of God for any selfish gain, saying as Presbyters “we are tempted to think that the church is our own, it is God who owns a ministry” he added.

As a church, he noted that the people were first and foremost servants of God and so they needed to depend on the will of God to remain focused.

Reflecting on the theme of the anniversary, “The Holy Spirit and the believer: the growth of the Upper Presbytery, Dr. Saa said a lot of planning was needed to accomplish the call to be Christ centered, self sustaining to ensure the growth of the church, adding that growth does not happen automatically.

He exhorted them on the principles to attain church growth calling for team work to achieve the dreams of the Upper Presbytery.

He asked them to continue praying for peace to return to Bawku and commended the government for the support in bringing calm to the area.

Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, in a solidarity message, advised Presbyterians to use the gospel to transform lives within their areas for a better society.

He indicated that the Upper Presbytery was strategically placed in northern Ghana to fuse the area, which is very populated with multi ethnic and multi religious communities and said it challenged the Upper Presbytery to endeavor to meet the needs of the communities.

The Moderator congratulated the church on their anniversary calling on them to reflect on the theme as a church Vis-a-vis seeking qualitative and quantitative growth for the Upper Presbytery in the years ahead.

Reverend Osmond Wasau Nagba, Chairman and Overseer of the Upper Presbytery thanked the General Assembly for the cooperation and assured them of the Upper Presbytery’s retained focus and prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their determinations.

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