Every second Sunday in August, family members of Christians from St. Stephen's Church Kabowa, in Mengo Archdeaconry return to their old church to remember and give thanks for the good works their departed relatives did for the Church of God.
Last Sunday, 10th August, 2014, the Church service started at 11:00 O'clock led by the Parish Priest Rev. Herbert Zziwa Ssalongo. The Guest preacher of the day was Rev. Balamaze, the Parish Priest of St. Dunstan Church of Uganda Mukono Diocese.
In his sermon, Rev. Balamaze condemned the issue of child abuse and neglect which are very rampant these days. He called upon parents to show responsibility as they nurture their children.
He called upon Christians to always remember the good deeds their parents did for uplifting the Kingdom of God. He categorically made it clear to Christians that in the Anglican Church "we do not pray for the dead, but just give thanks for the good work they have done because that's what the scriptures say"
|Rev. Balamaze preaching at Kabowa during the Annual Thanksgiving|
His sermon was based on 2Samuel 9:1 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba.They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “At your service,” he replied.
3 The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan;he is lame in both feet.” 4 “Where is he?” the king asked. Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.” 5 So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
He said that because of Jonathan's good heart towards David, Mephibosis was shown kindness. He appealed to christians to see that whatever they do now benefits their offsprings.
He said that it is worth to remember the good work our forefathers did especially serving the Lord under difficult circumstances. He said those people worked whole heartedly but these days people say "how do I benefit" a cancer that is killing the society.
|Mr. Sebunnya Bugembe (Kasiwuukira) pledging |
as Mr. Kasenye Head of Laity looks on
On his part the parish priest, Rev. Herbert Zziwa Ssalongo said that the annual thanksgiving and remembrance of the departed relatives in Kabowa St. Stephen's Church has helped very much in beautifying the Church. He said that this year they had a target of putting pavers in the Church yard. He also revealed plans of constructing a healthy centre in the future to serve the growing population in Kabowa and the surrounding areas.
The Head of Laity, Mr. Samuel Kasenye thanked the families for honouring the Church's invitation and for always coming to their rescue whenever they are called upon. He told the congregation that this year, 14th December 2014, Kabowa will be celebrating 110 years and urged them to be present on that day. He said that they have plans of having mass weddings for the couples that have stayed longer without getting married in Church.
At the end of the service they managed to collect approximately 3.9m/- to for the Church pavers.