The First Abuja Parish (FAP) of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria concluded activities marking the 2018 Harvest and Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, September 23, 2018. The year-long planning was anchored on the theme “Harvesting by the word of God’’.
As a forerunner to the grand finale, each of the Harvest Families of the Church: CRYSTAL; DIAMOND; EMERALD; GOLD; PLATINUM AND RUBY made presentations on various dates, explaining and encouraging Church members on the need to prepare for the Harvest. The presentations were made through playlets and panel discussions, among other activities.
On Saturday 15 th of September 2018, the Harvest Committee organised a ‘’Night of Bliss,’’ which featured praise and worship, testimonies and dinner. Sunday, September 23, 2018 marked the grand finale of the Harvest. To commemorate the celebrations, goodwill messages were received from the Convener of the Harvest Committee, Chief Acho Ukaha, the Chief Harvester, Prince Aghatise Erediauwa, The Chairman of the occasion, Senator (Dr) Ita S. Enang, Special Guests of Honour, Fathers of the Harvest families, members of the Hour of Mercy Prayer Group, representatives from the out stations and the family of the Minister in Charge, Rev Dr. Torty O. Onoh.
In a sermon titled ‘’Be My Harvest’’ Rev Dr Torty Onoh explained that although God wants our substance, He most importantly wants to harvest our hearts and our families. He said ‘’like the clay in the Porter’s hand, God wants His children to remain in His hands, so He can reshape and remould for the fulfilment of His purpose for our lives’’. Rev Torty said, when God harvested Abraham and demanded for his only son to be sacrificed for Him, He was making a statement to the effect that he wants us to give Him our best. The preacher said God called Abraham out of bareness and made him fruitful, so if we allow ourselves to be harvested by God, one of the benefits is fruitfulness.
The preacher noted that to be truly harvested by the Lord, we must always heed God’s voice irrespective of our circumstances. We must beware of other voices, which mostly come from the people close to us. We must decongest our lives by isolating ourselves from the wrong company or crowd. We must work hard at whatever God asks us to do, forgetting about the luxuries of life and always ensuring that the word of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit are bed fellows in our lives always.
The day was filled with the evidence of joy on the faces of members and visitors who gave freely from grateful hearts unto the Lord.