Sekondi-Takoradi Usher In New Year

They sang, danced and waved white handkerchiefs in the churches in honour of God for protecting them throughout the year.

Regular and occasional worshippers, who were clad in white attire, thronged many churches to praise God.

There were spontaneous shouts of ‘Afrehyia pa oo’ in the churches.

In a sermon at the Effiakuma branch of Christian Faith Church International, Rev. Felicia Opoku, associate pastor of the church, appealed to Christians to dedicate themselves to the service of God and approach the New Year with determination and hope.

Delivering the sermon on the theme; ‘Pressing on towards the goal,’ she stressed the need for Ghanaians, particularly Christians, to stay focused in  2014 to ensure the fulfillment of their aspirations.

‘Let us work towards the goal and move boldly into the New Year with only one resolution; that we love God and our neighbours as we strive to help bring here on earth God’s Kingdom of justice, peace and love.’

She urged Ghanaians to give thanks to God for all the favours He had bestowed on the country.

Later in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, Rev (Mrs) Opoku called on Christians to make resolutions that would enhance their lives and the nation.

She stressed the need to shun negative attitudes in the New Year and to live purposefully ‘so that our end will be better than the beginning.’

She called on Christians to be prayerful and adhere to the word of God by constantly relying on Him for everything.

She therefore encouraged Ghanaians not to give up, but to work hard, adding that “anything that swallowed us in 2013 would be spewed out by God and that Ghanaians would be delivered from poverty.

While the watch night services were ongoing, other people, mostly the youth, converged at various night clubs and the streets to make merry and fire crackers.

 From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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