Combined Christmas celebrated in Kohima, Pangti
DIMAPUR — Along with the rest of the globe, all the Chakhesang churches in Kohima celebrated a combined Christmas on the theme “The word became flesh” (John 1: 14). The celebration was organised under aegis of the Kohima Chakhesang Pastors’ Fellowship.
An update from celebration publicity committee stated that approximately 13,000 members from all the Chakhesang churches in Kohima irrespective of denominations attended the worship service held at Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) Convention Centre and subsequently joined the mass celebratory feast at Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) Solidarity Park.
Speaking on the theme, NBCC general secretary, Rev. Dr. Zelhuo Keyho, emphasised on the importance of ‘grace’ in the biblical terms, which is the cross of Jesus Christ. He stated that with the coming of Jesus Christ, humanity was accorded full grace which is free.
Keyho stressed that Christmas is a time for reconciliation, forgiveness, making family decision to live in Christ manner etc.
The feast committee convenor, Jolayi Nienu, has acknowledged the cooperation and moral supports of all the members for making the celebration a grand success. He has particularly thanked the minister of Power and Parliamentary Affairs, KG Kenye, advisor Kudecho Khamo, MLA Dr. Neisatuo Mero, and commissioner and secretary, Visielie Kezo for their financial contributions towards the celebrations.
Chkhungo Puro, pastor of CBCK, led the worship service, while Rev. Vikuo Rhi said the opening prayer.
Choirs from all the churches presented a song on the occasion.
Meanwhile, five Christian denominations including Baptist, Catholic, Assembly of God, Seven Days Evangelical and NCRC of Pangti village in Wokha district celebrated a combined Christmas on December 25. The celebration was hosted by Pangti Plus, outsiders married to resident of Pangti village.
Speaking at the programme, O Mozamo Ngullie, convener of core committee, informed that the idea was to bring unity among the Pangti family members. An update from the committee stated that all the churches of Pangti village have lauded the vision of Pangti plus committee for bringing the people together for the celebration.
Rev. RP Murry, speaker of Pangti Baptist Church Christmas service, urged the congregation to uphold the true essence of Christianity while he also called to repent and rededicate their lives. He also urged the members of Pangti village residing outside the village not to get involved in the LBCA issues but asked them to work for unity within its members.
Rev. Murry further stated that the unity of Pangti Village Baptist Church must not be breached through such issues.