PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 4TH SYNOD
SUMMARY OF SYNOD PROCEEDINGS
HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE
THURSDAY 14TH MAY, 2009
Synod proceedings for Thursday 14th May, 2009 Service Holy Communion service at 7.00am
THEME: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S GLORY
CELEBRANT: VEN. OLADELE THOMPSON
PREACHER: REV. GBENGA FAGBEMI
ASSISTANTS: CANON S.A. FAGBEMI, REV. A.A. AKINRONBI, REV. C.N. NWOSU, REV. E.M. UMEH, REV. J. ADEJUWON
EPISTLE: ROM. 8: 12 -19 - DIOCESAN LAYREADER
GOSPEL: JOHN 1: 6 -14 - REV. E.M. UMEH
INTERCESSION: REV. S.A. FAGBEMI
TEXT: ISAIAH 40:5
Rev. Gbenga Fagbemi thanked God for His protection and Guidance in this last 10 years of the inauguration of the Diocese of Lagos West. He appreciated most sincerely all those who brought the inauguration of the Diocese to fruition. He also appreciated the Diocesan and the privileged given him to share the word of God. He prayed that the wisdom of God shall be for all. He cited Ps. 118:23 to buttress the grace of God on the Diocesan and the Diocese in general say it is the God’s doing it is marvelous in our eyes.
The preacher explained that one of the greatest challenges of our time is that salvation or the NEW BIRTH confers on us a glorious destiny. “We have been redeemed as priest and kings and a chosen generation”. Adding that God’s plan for us is to reign on earth and have dominion. Rom. 8:28-30 he quoted “According as his divine power hath given unto us ALL THINGS that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue linking this he said the glory of the Lord can be described as God’s visible presence among His people. Another aspect of the glory of the Lord is His holy presence and power.
Manifesting the glory of God in service is the quality of how much you know of him which invariably determined the quality of service you can render. He added that manifesting the glory of God in service is a bye product of ones relationship with Him.
To manifest His glory in service; you must be obedient to Him I Sam. 15: 22, John 14:15, 23 & Matt. 7: 21
You must have absolute trust in God not plan Ps. 30:5, Prov. 3:5,6. You need His wisdom not you own intellect or how many degrees you have Prov. 2:6, James 1:5, Prov. 4:7.
He emphasized that every one who is committed to a genuine walk with God will naturally command spiritual manifestation I Tim. 4: 7 “Our faith as priest he maintained would go a long way in the service of this diocese and by extension manifest his glory” For the laity/people to partake of their priest’s mandate, they need to receive him Matt 10:4, believe him 2 Chro. 20:20, obey him John 2:5 then the laity or people are bound to take delivery of the anointing he (the priest) carries.
Rev. Fagbemi also spoke about the power of the Holy Spirit which we need to engage for us to manifest His glory. If all of us here today engaged the Holy Spirit in the service of this diocese, Heaven will be the limit.
Manifesting God’s glory in worship however constitutes those actions and attitudes that ascribe honour and worth to God of heaven and earth. Worship is essentially God centered and, through the Holy Spirit, worship expresses faith, love and devotion from our hearts and with our lives to the father and to the worthy lamb who was slain for our sins.
The preacher reduced Psalm 22:3 into a mathematical expression thus: True worship + Divine Presence = Signs and Wonders. He reiterated that the nation’s political logjam, all manner of evil and vices springing up daily as well as the economic uncertainty that steers us in the face all have a solution. There is a way out and it is in your service for the Church of God. The way out is through the Cloud of glory. It simply represents the leading of the Lord via His spirit. It is not in the money accumulated but in His divine presence, the man of God asserted.
He concluded his sermon with this his words “So as we move this Diocese forward let us ride on the prophetic wings of the eagle. Arise, shine for our light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen over Lagos West diocese.
LEADER: VEN. OLAOLUWA ADEYEMI
The Bible Study started at 8.25 a.m. with choruses, and prayer.
The Leader appreciated the opportunity given him by the Lord Bishop to handle this year’s Bible Study.
Copies of the Bible Study Outline were distributed to all delegates and the study commenced.
Ven. O. Adeyemi started by asking the question “Who is God?” having introduced the Theme: Manifestation of God’s Glory; and the focal texts as ISAIAH 40:5 and ISAIAH 6:1 – 4.
He opined that the Scripture does not tell us in specific terms who God is but we would know Him better as we proceed in the course of the Bible Study.
The author of the book of Isaiah was given as Isaiah, the son of Amoz. The book has 66 Chapters and classified into two sections – the first 39 Chapters stressing “Judgment” and chapters 40 – 66 focusing on “comfort, salvation and the like”. The book of Isaiah is described as a “mini Bible” because of its characteristics.
The book was well exposed and the Leader clarified the difference between knowing God, and knowing about God.
Among other points, the issue of creation of God, as contained in Gen. 1:1 – 2 was discussed. The pre-creation situation of the earth was described as chaotic. What God did then was to visit, look at the situation, and desire change and intervene. He spoke His word and brought order to the chaos. Things then changed.
He summarized that no challenges of our lives is too much for God to handle. He stressed the need for both the Clergy and Lay to put things in order, and that a man has not failed until he stopped trying.
After his conclusion, he asked all attendees to handle the assignment on page 8 of the outline against Friday, May 15, 2009 session.
Two questions were asked and answered at the end of the study followed by the Closing prayer.
THE FORMAL OPENING
The arrival of the Lord Bishop was at 11a.m.
HOUSE OF BISHOP: 1
HOUSE OF CLERGY: 208
HOUSE OF LAITY: 323
The Rt. Rev. M. Olu Akinyemi: Bishop of Igbomina and Archbishop-Elect of Kwara Ecclesiastical Province
The Rt. Rev. Jacob Fashipe: Oyo
The Rt. Rev. B. J. Adeyemi: Badagry
The Rt. Rev. S. G. Kuponu: Ijebu-North
The Rt. Rev. Bayo Akinde: Diocese of Lagos Mainland
The Rt. Rev. J. Akin Odejide: Ifo Missionary Diocese
The Rt. Rev. Seye Fagbamiye: CANA (Convocation of Anglicans in America)
The Rt. Rev. J. Akin Atere: Awori Missionary Diocese
Revd Mrs. Adefunmilayo Akintoye-Braimoh: Representing Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos
GOODWILL MESSAGES: These were received from the Bishops of Omu-Aran, Egba, Oke-Osun, Ijebu, Etsako, Diocese on the Niger, Offa, Osun and Lagos, Ven. D.C. Diali and Anglican Girl’s College, Ketu.
Having announced the attendance figures above, the chancellor confirmed the Synod to be duly constituted.
Goodwill Messages: received from
The Rt. Rev. Bayo Akinde of the Diocese of Lagos Mainland spoke on behalf of the other Bishops in attendance – Archbishop of Kwara; Bishops of Badagry, Omu Aran, Egba, Igbomina, Oke Osun, Ijebu and CANA, Indianapolis.
The representative of the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN – Revd Mrs. Akintoye, addressed the congregation on behalf of the Governor. She acknowledged the progress being made by the Diocese of Lagos West, the prayers of the Diocesan for the Governor. Revd. Mrs. Akintoye sensitized all Christians to observe their civic responsibilities of tax payment, in order for the dividends of democracy to go round.
The presence of some retired Venerables in the Diocese was commended. These include Ven. Ogunleye, Borisanmi, Olanrewaju and Akinola.
THE BISHOP’S CHARGE
The Lord Bishop commenced the delivery of the Charge after the opening prayer. He appreciated the efforts of all who had been given one role or the other to play during the Synod. His Lordship praised the AVMCC Cathedral for hosting the 2009 synod and announced the Archdeaconries to host subsequent synod sessions as follows:
2010 – Ikeja, Oshodi and Opebi
2011 – Agege
2012 – AVMCC.
The Lord Bishop raised the Chorus “Thank You Jesus” and the house rose to sing it in appreciation of the goodness of the Lord in the Diocese.
He recounted all that God has achieved in the diocese since November 1999 when it was inaugurated. One minute silence was observed for the souls of the departed faithfuls in the Diocese after the 2008 synod.
The Charge addressed these listed issues/topics among others:
- Indecent dressing, especially at wedding services
- The challenges facing the Nigeria Police
- Global Economic meltdown
- Social ills including incidents of rape
- Youth joblessness
- Contract inflation
- Jumbo payment to lawmakers
- Census anomalies
- Religious riots
His Lordship ended the charge delivery with prayer at 1.25pm. The house responded with a standing ovation. The Lord Chancellor of the Diocese, Justice Babasola Ogunade co-ordinated the launching of the Bishop’s Charge. He started by thanking the Bishop for having used his Charge to endow the Diocese since inception. He said that the Bishop has never accepted to take the money for launching for himself in spite of the fact that the charge is a product of his sweat and personal labour. The Diocesan has, however, never laid claim to the copyright of the Charge.
The Chief Launcher, Chief Dr. Wale Babalakin, set the ball rolling on an impressive note when his representative, announced a donation of N 2.5 Million (Two and half million Naira) to launch the Charge. A total sum of N 5,434,000 (Five million, four hundred and thirty four thousand Naira) was realized in cash and cheques (N 4,519,000) as well as pledges (N 915,000).
Chief Dr. Wale Babalakin, the Chief Launcher
At 4:00pm, after the lunch, the Ven. S. Ade George was called upon by the president of the Synod to say the opening prayer. The Chairman for the 10th Anniversary Planning Committee Chief Segun Osunkeye was invited to brief the house on the 10th Anniversary celebration activities. The chairman informed the audience that the next big event would come up on 12th of June which is a seminar on marriage and home. A lot of facilitators have been invited, such as The Rt. Revd. Segun Adeyemi, Mr. Bambo Adesanya (SAN), Chief Michael Ade Ojo and Chief Segun Osunkeye. The Carnival for Christ will take place on Saturday, 10th October, 2009.
Mrs. Teju Akindolire was called upon to sensitize delegates on the need to buy the ‘Ankara’ uniform urgently so as to be able to wear it during the Synod Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, May 17. The cost of the uniform was given as N 2,500 (Two thousand, five hundred Naira) per bundle of six yards.
The secretaries were called upon to present their report as printed in the Synod programme. Motion for acceptance for discussion was moved by Chief Mrs. Lana Olonisakin and was seconded by Mr. Emmanuel Ezenwaturuaku.
The Auditors presented their report while the Treasurers also were called upon to present their reports as
Income - N288,677,101
Expenditure - N270,576,747
Excess of income over Expenditure - N18,100,354
Mr. Olanrewaju Awodeinde moved the motion for acceptance for discussion and it was seconded by Mrs. T. A. Adams. Engr. R. S. Ogundana raised the point that the sum of N50 Million invested by the Cathedral on Ajayi Crowther University Hostel was not acknowledged. Mr. J. K. Akinsanya spoke on the the quoted investments that were repeated on page 15 of the account. The Treasurer responded that for transparency, the two figures have to be shown. The motion for the adoption of the account was moved by Mrs. G. O. Samuel and seconded by Mr. S. A. Fafowora.
The President of the Synod called upon Barrister Mrs. Atinuke Koyi to thank the Auditors and the Treasurers on behalf of the Delegates.
Barrister Mrs. Atinuke Koyi
The Chancellor was called upon to preside over the election for the vacant posts of Clerical Secretary, Lay Synod Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Auditors. The Chancellor pointed out that the Constitution allows election or appointment for the offices. The President of the Synod observed that we are celebrating the manifestation of God’s glory upon our Diocese and the officers in question have played and are still playing vital roles. He then suggested that they should continue their good work for the sake of stability. This enjoyed overwhelming support of the delegates. Hence, the Synod returned unopposed the following officers: Ven. ‘Tope Adewumi – Clerical Synod Secretary, Mrs. C. O. Akindolire – Lay Synod Secretary, Mr. Olutoyin Okeowo – Treasurer, Ven. O. Onayemi – Assistant Treasurer, Mr. Dele Onabanjo – Auditor and Mr. Akin Akinbowale – auditor.
The following other vacant posts were filled:
1. Delegates to General Synod:
CLERGY: Ven. J. O. Odedeji and Ven. E. A. Dahunsi were returned as Ven. Oladele Thompson stepped down his nomination.
LAITY: Nomination and Election were as follows:
1. Mr. Siyanbola Oladapo - 140 votes
2. Mrs. Bunmi Martins - 79 votes
3. Mrs. Atinuke Koyi - 180 votes
4. Engr. R. S. Ogundana - 38 votes
Mr. Siyanbola Oladapo and Mrs. Atinuke Koyi were returned to join the Chancellor who is a statutory delegate.
2.. Representatives to Church of Nigeria Standing Committee:
1. Ven. Dr. B. O. Okunuga - 237 votes
2. Revd. S. O. Fajemisin - 49 votes
Ven. B. O. Okunuga was returned.
3. Archbishop Advisory Committee:
1. Ven. Prof. Dapo Asaju - 229 votes
2. Ven. A. G. Adeyeye - 121 votes
Ven. Prof. Dapo Asaju was returned.
The Lay member is the Chancellor.
4. ECCLESICAL PROVINCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
One (1) Clerical - Ven. A. G. Adeyeye
One (1) Lay member - Chief (Mrs.) Bunmi Martins
They were overwhelmingly returned unopposed.
5. DIOCESAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Four Clerical Representatives:
Nominations and Election were as follows:
1. Revd. A. O. Agara - 105 votes
2. Revd. Canon Gbenga Oniye - 72 votes
3. Revd. John Taiwo - 66 votes
4. Revd. Chudi Obi - 62 votes
5. Rev. B. A. Adegoroye - 32 votes
Revd. A. O. Agara, Revd. Canon Gbenga Oniye, Revd. John Taiwo and Revd. Chudi Obi were returned.
Five lay members, one of whom should statutorily be the Chancellor.
Nominations and Elections of other lay members were as follows:
1. Ezinne Fawzy I. Udom - 74 votes
2. Mr. E. O. Oladokun - 87 votes
3. Mrs. G. Samuel - 33 votes
4. Mrs. Doyin Odunuga - 35 votes
5. Mr. Niyi Tejuosho - 31 votes
Mr. E. O. Oladokun, Ezinne Fawzy I. Udom, Mrs. Doyin Odunuga and Mrs. G. Samuel were returned.
6. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SYNOD AT THE DIOCESAN BOARD:
Nominations and Election were as follows:
1. Revd. E. O. Akeredolu-Oso - 92 votes
2. Revd. Gbenga Ajayi - 84 votes
3. Revd. Revd. C. A. Ajulo - 76 votes
Revd. Akeredolu-Oso and Revd. Gbenga Ajayi were returned.
Two (2) Lay persons were validly nominated and returned to represent the Synod at the Cathedral Greater Chapter:
- Mrs. A. A. Adamolekun
- Mr. Lanre Awodeinde
7. LAGOS ECCLESIASTICAL COUNCIL
One Clerical Representative:
Nominations and Election were as follows:
- Ven. Funso Awe - 164 votes
- Ven. G. I. Kanu. - 84 votes.
Ven. Awe was returned.
Two (2) Lay Representatives were chosen with the Diocesan Treasurer as one.
Nominations and Election were as follows:
- Mrs. Jumoke Akinkoye - 83
- Mrs. P. E. Oladele - 147
Mrs. P. E. Oladele was returned.
The Chancellor thanked all delegates for their patience in the conduct of the elections and solicited for their support.
The President of the Synod called the attention of the delegates to the copies of the prepared amendment of the constitution slated for Friday, 15th May, 2009.
The motion for adjournment was moved by Ven. I. O. Owoyele and seconded by Mrs. H. U. Nwankwo. The Diocesan said the closing prayer at 6.55 p.m.
SERMON DURING HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE ON 14TH MAY 2009
THEME: MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S GLORY (ISAIAH 40:5)
IN SERVICE AND WORSHIP
REVD. GBENGA FAGBEMI
INTRODUCTION: This week as we celebrate 10 years of the creation of this Diocese, let us give thanks to the Almighty God for His protection and guidance so far. I would like to appreciate all those who brought its inauguration to fruition eleven years ago. My sincere thanks and appreciation goes to the Diocesan, my father in the Lord for the privilege to share with you this morning the WORD OF GOD. As we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Diocese of Lagos West, wisdom from above shall be your portion in Jesus name. May His GLORY rest upon this Diocese in Jesus name. As the Bible says in Psalm 118:23, “This is the Lord’s doing, it is marvellous in our eyes.”
Opening: One of the greatest challenges of our time is that salvation or the NEW BIRTH confers on us a glorious destiny. We have been redeemed as priests and kings and a chosen generation. God’s plan for us is to reign on earth and have dominion.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that LOVE God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be confirmed to the image of His Son, that he may be the first born amongst many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called and whom He called, them He also justifieth .” (Romans 8:28-30).
According as His divine power hath given unto us ALL THINGS that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
Our theme for 2009 is “The Manifestation of God’s Glory.” The text is taken from Isaiah 40:5.
“The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it revealed together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
MANIFESTING: What do we mean by the word in Greek? It denotes the act of working with visible or disclosing that which is not readily seen. To show, appear or reveal. The Greek word is PHANEROO.
The GLORY OF THE LORD can be described as God’s splendour and majesty. It also refers to God’s visible presence among His people. “Shekinah Glory” i.e. “dwelling (of God) describes a visible manifestation of God’s presence and glory e.g. in the pillars of cloud and fire (Exodus 13:21).
Another aspect of the glory of the Lord is His holy presence and power i.e. believers’ experience God’s glory and presence in His nearness, love, righteousness and manifestations through the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18, Eph. 3:16 and I Pet. 4:14).
So, right from the beginning it has been the desire of God to reveal Himself to man. In Gen. 2:26, the Triune declared, “Let us make man in our own image after our likeness and let them have dominion. In other words, man can respond to having fellowship with God and uniquely reflect His love, glory and holiness.
MANIFESTING THE GLORY OF GOD IN SERVICE AND WORSHIP
IN SERVICE: To work for God, you must be divinely directed – Revelation – i.e. the unfolding of God’s ways is needed in His service. The quality of how much you know of Him will determine the quality of service you can render. The quality of how you relate with Him will determine how much of His glory is reflected in your service or your life when you carry His presence. Your words are backed up by the angels instantly.
Manifesting the glory of God in service is a by-product of your relationship with Him, not of theology or degrees or qualification. It is about you being in command of every situation around you and God Himself attesting your service with His seal of testimonies. To manifest His glory in service, you must be obedient to Him (I Sam. 15:22, John 14:15, 23 and Matt. 7:21). You must have absolute trust in God, not man (Ps. 30:5, Prov. 3, 5, 6).
To manifest His glory in service, you need His wisdom not your own intellect or how many degrees you have (Prov. 2:6, James 1:5 and Prov. 4:7).
Obedience of faith is our number one priority for effective service in this Diocese. Every word of life we ignore opens the door for Satan. Obedience of faith is our gateway to breakthroughs in the service of God. Job 36:11 and Isaiah 1:19.
What is the level of our spirituality? Our spirituality is a booster in the service of this Diocese and spirituality is a booster of destiny. Spirituality is a catalyst of destiny. Everyone that is committed to a genuine walk with God will naturally command supernatural manifestation.
I Tim. 4:7 – Godliness is profitable unto all things. Abraham walked with God and God Himself referred to him as “my friend” in James 2:23. Enoch walked in his service with God and was translated. He never saw death. God is spirit and they that must worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Our faith in the priests would go a long way in the service of this Diocese. The church of God is one. Whether laity or clergy, how shall we know the word of the Lord if it is not spoken.
Let us read Deut 18: 21. We need prophetic utterances in the service of this Diocese. So if your priest should speak and it comes to pass, you have to be afraid. Please listen to me: a prophet cannot deliver his mandate to the people to whom he is sent without their faith and belief. Acts 3: 22-23.
So a priest / prophet is helpless without his people’s faith. In Mark 6:5, Even Jesus could do no might works. Almighty God, with His high level of anointing. Why? Because of their unbelief.
It was not about the anointing or the manifestation of God’s glory for service. But the people/laity at the receiving end of the prophets anointing. The question is how do you partake of your priest’s mandate.
- Receive him – Matt. 10:41
- Believe him – 2 Chronicles 20:20
- Obey him – John 2:5
Then you are bound to take delivery of the anointing he carries. Even death will answer to faith John 11: 17 -39, John 11:40.
As we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Lagos West, fresh oil of the Holy Spirit shall deliver for us in Jesus Name. The challenges ahead are not the problem, but how we engage the Holy Spirit in the manifestation of God’s glory in the service of the diocese. This is the golden age of the Church; each one of us will only enter into it by the spirit of God. I Samuel 2:9 says, “For by strength shall no man prevail.
Then, how do we manifest the glory of God? Our 2009 theme is “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see.” It is the person of the Holy Spirit that has the power of revelation power to heal, power to deliver and power to manifest. He is the engine room of God i.e. the power in heaven and on earth.
For thirty years, Jesus was the son of Joseph the carpenter. But when He was anointed with the Holy Spirit, His prominence was established Luke 4:14 tells us “And Jesus returned in the power of the spirit into Galilee, and there went out a fame of him through all the region about - all flesh shall see it. Let us actively engage the power of the Holy Spirit for service in this diocese. He is not just tongues. He is the gift of God for service and dignity on the earth. He is the beauty of Zion. He adds colours to the Church of God. Zion represents the Church of God on earth. 1Cor. 2: 11 -13.
Imagine, if all of us here today, engage the Holy Spirit in the service of this Diocese. Heavens will be the limit. Do you know who you are? Jesus said, “if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” Mark 9:23. Let us actively engage the spoken word of God – RHEMA. Isaiah 34:16
MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S GLORY IN WORSHIP
Worship constitutes those actions and attitudes that ascribe honour and worth to God of heaven and earth. Worship I essentially God-centred. In worship we draw near God with joy, and gratitude for what He has done for us in Christ Jesus. And through the Holy Spirit. Worship expresses faith, love and devotion form our hearts and with our lives to the father and to the worthy lamb who was slain for our sins. As seen in chapters 4& 5 of the boost of revelation.
God is always revealed in worship. The power in worship is released as you praise God. No devil can steal or delay the manifestation of Gods glory in worship. Let us have true abandon worship because He inhabits the praise of His people. Where there is true worship, His presence comes down with signs and wonders. True worship has a force of its own, which is able to produce miracles. True worship + Divine Presence= signs and wonders. Ps. 22:3.
When you live a life of worship full of God’s praise, His presence abides with you. He compels signs to follow you e.g. the Israelites, Paul and Silas. The habitat of God Himself is where there is true worship and praise. He cannot deny Himself or His presence from true worship.
People of God, this is the era of the Church where the latter rain will be poured out. We are supposed to take command of Nigeria. We have seen the former rain in Acts 2:8 the outpouring of the latter rain for service would supersede that which we read in the Acts of the Apostles.
We are living in a world where uncertainty is mischievously the fibre of human hope. An example is the re-run election in Ekiti. Distraction that leads to frustration, which eventually ends up in destruction is looming alarmingly on every fact of life. People’s hopes and aspirations, which are borne out of either tradition, societal values or religion are being dashed every minute. All manner of evil and vices are springing up daily. e.g. kidnapping and exhortation. And the economic uncertainty is steering at us.
There is a way out, and it is in your service for the Church of God. The way out is through the CROWD OF GLORY. It simply represents the leading of the Lord via His spirit. It is not in the money accumulated, but in His divine presence that can be seen working in us as a Diocese. Eccl. 1:2. Let us engage the wisdom of God in the direction we would go, in the next ten years.
So as we move this Diocese forward, let us ride on the prophetic wings of the eagle “Arise Shine for our light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen over Lagos West Diocese. LONG LIFE LAGOS WEST
VISION OF THE FUTURE: MICAH 4:1