MONROVIA: As a customary and tradition United Methodist Church conducts its worship services, Bishop Samuel Jerome Quire Jr. presided over the New Year Sunday Worship Service of the First United Methodist Church in Monrovia, urging Liberians to be prepared to embrace transformation as the new government takes over the mantle of leadership.
The message of the Bishop was interspersed with a number of “hallelujah” and “amen” as he encouraged Liberians to embrace the new and incoming president and vice president elect with a renewed mind to help transform the country.
Bishop noted that just as Saul had the great transformation on the road to Damascus, Liberians must be ready to embrace the new government but with an attitude to do things differently and for the common good of the nation.
Bishop Quire preached on the theme: “Transformation for Renewed Mind” using the text from Roman 12 verses 1 and 2.
The first Sunday service of the year at the mother church of Methodism in Liberia as conducted by Bishop Quire, witnessed baptism of nine young infants, 17 children and the confirmation of 20 youth and young adults thus showing the potential for good growth of the church which is 202 years old to the pleasing of the bishop.
The UMC was excited with the church which was full and exceeded its capacity as additional chairs were brought into the service to hold the many other invited guests.
Bishop Quire used the pulpit to recognize some of the distinguished church members and guests who were present, including former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Bishop Arthur Kulah of UMC and Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh
He particularly singled out Associate Justice Kabineh Janneh as a good man and one worth emulating. “As a devout practicing Muslim, whenever he is invited to worship with Christians on occasions such as this, he attends and this shows goodwill for us all”, Bishop Quire said.
Other high level officials present include outgoing and incoming members of the legislature such as Sen. Conmany Wesseh, spouse of the newly inducted lay leader, Medina Wesseh; Nimba County Rep. Johnson Gwaiklo; Incoming Sinoe Rep Romeo Quiah and Liberia Telecommunications Authority Commissioner and Mrs Israel Akinsayah.
Others include, former Ambassador and Dean of the Diplomatic Corp to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Musu Rule; Deputy Minister Of Foreign Affairs for Adm. and widow of Prof Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, Thelma Sawyer, and former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Mills Jones and Mrs. Esther Jones who was inducted as associate lay leader.
Former President Sirleaf was also accompanied by a whole entourage including the EJS presidential center for women leadership Madam Oley Dibba Wada who is from the Gambia.