2017 Christmas Carol: clerics urges Christians to renew their relationship with God

Christians in the College and worldwide has been advised to use the Christmas period as a season to renew their relationship with God.

Speaking during exhortation at the 2017 edition of the College Xmas carol held on Wednesday December 13, 2017 in the institution, the leader of the College pastoral team, Mr. Johnson Oluremi Falade stressed the significance of Xmas and the need for its celebration.

The event which is celebrated annually was marked with singing and dancing as well as songs rendition from the college music department.

In a sermon entitled: " Celebration of Xmas minus salvation is equal to zero", Falade who is a lecturer in the College and a clergyman, expressed concern on what he described as misconception by some people concerning the purpose and intent of Christmas celebration.

According to him, even though the period of Xmas celebration should be one in which people ought to appreciate God for giving the Lord Jesus Christ to the world, "the merriment associated with it should not overshadow the purpose of his birth, which is centred on salvation and redemption of mankind.

He said: " Celebrating Xmas without salvation is like one removing God from the word Good, leaving behind letter O.

" When you are celebrating Xmas and you not yet reconciled with God, then you are far away from salvation and when this happens, even though you are rejoicing, heaven may not be rejoicing with you".

Falade admonished people to use the period of Xmas to renew their relationship with God by obeying His commandments and seek constantly for salvation in order to enjoy heavenly blessings and favour.

"It is expected of every Christians who is born again to move forward and never to remain a baby. It is also very important for them to seek constantly the face of God, in order to experience spiritual growth and inherit the kingdom of God."

He highlighted the benefits accrued to humanity through the birth and death of Jesus Christ to include reconciliation of sinners with God as well redemption of sin adding that those who dedicate their lives to God and accept Jesus as Lord and personal saviour, would be given the opportunity to be with Him in heaven, "where they would enjoy eternal satisfaction, devoid of problems and calamities, as currently being experienced in the present world."

The Lecturer-cum clergyman advised staff of the College to extend love to the needy during the celebration as demonstrated by Lord Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life for mankind.

In his short speech, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, expressed gratitude to God for the celebration and thanked staff and students of the College for their cooperation and support.

While reiterating his administration's commitment to their progress and welfare, the Provost urged them to continue to partner with him in his resolve at taking the College to higher level.

The colourful ceremony held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium featured renditions of songs such as" Joy to the World", " While shepherds watch their Flock and " Silent Night by the congregation.

It also featured readings of selected chapters and verses of the Holy Bible in Isaiah 9 V 6 and 7; Mathew 2 V 1-11; Luke 2 V 1-11, by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, Acting College Librarian,Mr. Akinade Awoyemi and Dr. Folorunso Balogun.

The event was attended by important personalities from within and outside the College. They include the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi, Dr. Folorunso Balogun, Dr. Gbade Ikuejube.

Others present were Deans and Directors,Heads of Departments and Units including Dr. (Mrs.) Itunu Awosika; Dr. (Mrs.) Ireti Alao; Chairman, College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), ACE chapter, Dr. Tope Oziegbe, Director of Medical Services, Dr. Kunle Ogunmosin, Head Information and Public Relations unit, Mrs. Oluseto Olatuyi, members of the College Pastoral team, Staff and students to mention but a few.