Hynms, spiritual music rejuvenate mortals – Igwilo

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MUSIC is a universal language that is understood by the young and old, the poor and rich, the lowly as well as the high. Spiritual music is a tonic for the soul. It draws the heart to Heaven. It soothes sorrowful hearts and makes happy hearts even joyful.
Like preaching the word of God, music is another medium by which God talks to the heart of man. There is, in effect an inseparable link between music and the Gospel – as recorded by the book “Apostolic Faith History”.
Music has been a part of the Apostolic Faith over the years. On April 5, 2018, there was yet another concert by Apostolic Faith Church, Enugu region, which comprises Enugu, Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi State, at People’s Club Hall, Owerri Road, Onitsha.
During the concert, the choristers and ochestra sang and played the following musics, Kyrie Elieson – by W.A Mozart, Awkward March – Brass Ensebble, my God is real, since I have been redeemed – by E. O. Excel, the resurrection Morning by William J. and Gloria Gaither.
Other songs sang and played by the choir and orchestra include Tribute by Yanni – orchestration, oh’ clap your hands by Greenwood, fully alive, by William, look on the Brighter side, Jehova bu eze – F. Uwakwe J. Okorie and E. Edeh, God’s, choir, amongst others.
During his speech, the overseer, Apostlic Faith Church, Anambra State, Geofery Ozurigbo, extended greetings to the choristers and the audience from the Regional overseer, Rev Chukwuemeka Nnodim. He paid tributes to old Igbo Gospel song composers and said “we are not going to forget our old musicians such as Harcourt White, J. Okorie who composed many songs in Igbo”. He appreciated the crowd who attended the music concert and noted that the choristers had performed credibly well, pointing out that musicians trained in the church who gained admission into the universities, had been recommended by their lecturers who confirmed that such students have no rivals, and prayed that God will continue to help the choristers and orchestra in the ministry of sacred music to draw more hearts closer to God through music.
In her speech after the music concert, the former manager, programmes, Radio Nigeria, who is also a member of Enugu Regional choir, Ngozi Igwilo, described sacred music as ‘immortal songs sang by the mortals’, capable of lifting one to the throne of God and that music can link mortals to God”.
Expressing his joy by the performance of the choristers, the Music Director, Enugu Region, John Okorie said “we are here to praise God, as God does not eat any other thing but praises. He assured that burdens that can cause people to walk awkwardly according to a musician can be lifted when such burdens are taken to Christ.
Answering a question on how one can be eligible to be a member, he said. “Any one aspiring to join the choir and orchestra, Enugu Zone must enroll as the army of the Lord, should first of all have an experience of transformation of life, experiencing the forgiveness of sin, through the blood of Christ.
As one makes peace with God, one must enroll in the rudiment of music. The classes which have been restructured in a way that an incoming student spends between six months to one year, where the theory of music is taught, then sight reading class where they learn to read the notation and start instrument class.
The Regional youth director, Sunday Agbo, who sang a solo “my God is real” and Emeka Edeh said “when one makes peace with God and enroll to do music, the spirit of God will help such a one to learn and understand.
Commenting, the Anambra State Music Director, Ogbonna Egbo while describing what music meant to him said “music is part of my life. When one praises God with all his or her heart, God is happy with such a one”. He promised there will be music concert in the state from time to time.
According to Chief C. Madu, while appreciating the choristers, regretted not coming along with his family. He said, the song that talked about “Salvation has been brought down “dealt more with my heart”. He enjoined the choristers not to relent in their efforts.
Expressing herself after the music concert, a woman of many parts, Mrs C. Emenike said “I am excited in my spirit. If this kind of music is rendered here on earth, how will it be in heaven?”
Stressing further, Emenike said “The concert that people enjoyed freely today, if the same concert is displayed abroad, people must pay much money, especially as it is the kind of music that make people forget their sorrows.”
As more people talked to National Light, Ego Okeke said I am thrilled, how will it be then in Heaven, I hope to be there.”
While Uju Nwozor said it was just like I am already in heaven. If it is like this here, how will it be in heaven.”
A musician, music teacher and a graduate of university of Nigeria Nsukka, Fredrick Okoh, urged the choristers never to relent in their efforts. Okoh said “I am committed to teaching music. God’s word is heard through preaching and through sacred music.”
In his vote of thanks, Samuel Emmanson, pointed out that God does not eat food but praises. He thanked all for coming and enjoined people to always obey God and do whatever he wants them to do.

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