Body of Christ eulogises Archbishop Obembe as he journeys home

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It was a moment of great tribute on Friday 15 June, as the body of Christ in Lagos led by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the International Communion of Charismatic and Apostolic Ministries (ICCAM), eulogised the late Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe as his body finally laid to rest.

The church leaders, who in turn spoke about their personal interactions with the late Obembe, described him as a man of uncommon faith. Until his death, Obembe was the presiding Archbishop of El-Shaddai Bible Church and Apostolic Cardinal ICCAM. Also, he was at a time the chairman of the Lagos chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship Nigeria (PFN).

Matthew Ashimolowo, the senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), in a short sermon said Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe is not in the presence of sorrow, but in the presence of his Lord. “…I am persuaded that Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe: not of works, lest any man should boast but of grace; his Lord and Saviour has called him and he is in the presence of our Lord. While here today, we feel the pain that we have lost a loved soul; I know him when he was a young bachelor, 40 years ago in 1979,” he said.

Ashimolowo in eulogizing Obembe said there are three approaches to death; to the unsaved man, death is an enigma; to the Atheist death is an end, but to the believer, death is an entrance. “The New Testament did not end, we are the end of the New Testament,” he said.

The children of the late Archbishop also took turns to eulogise their father, who they described as their first love, friend and chairman.

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Church releases week-long burial plan for Archbishop Obembe, starting 14 June

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El-Shaddai Bible Church has released the burial arrangement of the presiding bishop of the church, Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Joseph Obembe who died on May 1, in Lagos. The week-long activities will commence on Monday 10 June with a programme tagged ‘El-Shaddai Night of Worship’ that would be followed by two nights of tributes on Tuesday and Wednesday June 11 and 12 respectively, by 5pm at the church’s headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to the church, the second nights of tribute which is Wednesday 12 June will be anchored by the International Communion of Charismatic and Apostolic Ministries (ICCAM), while Tuesday’s tribute will be anchored by El-Shaddai Bible Church. The nights of tribute will be followed by a service of songs on Thursday 13 June.

The burial service and interment will hold by 10am on 14 June at the El-Shaddai Bible Church, Great Grace Cathedral, Osborne Road, Corporation Drive, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Until his death, Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe was the presiding Bishop of El-Shaddai Bible Church and was at a time the Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship Nigeria (PFN).

 

SEYI JOHN SALAU

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