By Joke Adeniyi-Jackson
It was pomp and pageantry as the Samuel Band of Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Movement Church, Ilorin District Headquarters, Kwara State celebrated its 32nd anniversary in grand style on Sunday.
The event featured array of activities which included a special thanksgiving by members of the band, while high point was donation of the sum of N1.4m to the church for development project.
Speaking on the essence of the ceremony, the President of the band, Senior Apostle Tayo Akolo said it is an annual event to appreciate God for His goodness in the lives of members.
“God has been very good to members of Samuel Band since we had our last anniversary last year. Members have experienced growth and development in various aspects of their lives and that is why we are giving thanks to Him.
The president added that the band has over the years grown in leaps and bound and impacted positively in the lives of members.
Akolo, who explained that the Samuel Band is one of the four youth bands in the church, urged members to focus on God for all their endeavours and shun worldly distractions.
He commended all the people who contributed towards success of the event, praying that God would bless them abundantly.
In his remarks Treasurer of the band, Most Senior Apostle Layi Shogunle said the occasion is another opportunity to give thanks to God as a body for unlimited grace and favour over members.
He said the band as a part of the church has been helping members grow spiritually, financially and morally, adding that the celebration is worth its while in all ramifications.
Earlier in his sermon on the theme ‘Awake Righteousness, Prophet Taiwo Akinmoladun noted that Nigeria is plagued with myriad of problems as a result of unrighteousness.
He decried the ‘corruption which has eaten deep into fabric of the nation, thus stifling its development, calling on Christians to be spiritually awaken.
He charged Christians to be spiritually alert and renew their mind by praying without ceasing, adding that a prayless person is prone to attacks by the devil.
For Christians to experience spiritual growth and divine peace, Prophet Akinmoladun implored them to desist from vices such as arrogance, pride, unforgiveness, immoral dressing and back biting among others.
He urged them to be of good virtues and make their impact felt in the Church, society and in the country at large.