General News of Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has assured Ghanaians of the commitment of the Government to build a socially inclusive society that would ensure the progress of all.
He enlisted the prayers of the religious society for divine support to build on the vision of the Government to achieve prosperity for all.
“We’ll continue to rely on your prayers, he said in an address after attending the watch-night service on New Year’s Eve at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka, in Accra.
He noted that despite the challenges of 2013 such as the 2012 election petition, with the nervousness of a possible conflict on the outcome of the hearing, the economic challenges, the market fires, many motor accidents, the unexpected failure of the Black Stars to lift the African Cup of Nations Trophy, there is a resilience to bring the Ghanaian society back on track.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur said the end of the year was much better than the beginning, adding: “In all aspects of life, the end is much better than the blessing.”
The Vice President, with wife Matilda, had earlier worshipped at the Methodist Church of the Resurrection at Kpehe, also in Accra, and later interacted with the congregation of the Asbury Donewell Worship Centre at Ridge, where the Second Lady worships.
He called on Ghanaians to support the Government with what it had started, declaring: “It shall be well.”
In separate homilies, the Ministers in Charge of the two churches stressed the goodness and mercy of God Almighty in the past year, and urged the congregations to keep their faith and trust in God to attract His rich blessings.
The Very Reverend Theophillus Kwesi Anderson, the Resident Minister of the Calvary Methodist Church, said the Lord is ready to give hope in discouraging situations.
He observed that negative attitude of complaining would achieve nothing, and called on Ghanaians to discard quick expectations and wait on the Lord for the best solutions.
“Expect peace in 2014; stop complaining. We have the patience to wait. If we continue with the patience, God will do great things for us. In 2014, God will come and visit Ghana,” The Very Rev Anderson said; adding “Don’t forget God in 2014. Let’s have the patience to wait and wait on the Lord to provide.”
Rev. Bernard Bosompem-Boafo, a former Minister in Charge of the Methodist Church of the Resurrection at Kpehe, who preached on: “Blessings from Obedience,” noted that New Year comes with high expectations, but God’s blessing comes on the condition of obeying Him.
He said no nation or group of people who work diligently and applied God’s principles has ever failed.
The Rev. Bosompem-Boafo urged Ghanaians not to despair, but see the power of God, declaring: “God will move Ghana forward. God bless you. God be with you in the coming year.”
In all the three congregations, the worshippers, mostly in white and waving white handkerchiefs, sang their hearts out and danced to welcome the New Year.