Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham shakes the hand of the Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd, Sr, Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas as he leaves St George’s Anglican Church after attending the annual Parliamentary Service.
Nassau, Bahamas — Rector of St George’s Anglican Church, Father Kingsley Knowles, told parliamentarians that the church exists to keep those who govern conscious of the fact that Godly discipline is the key to effective nation building.
“In all you do there must be sensitivity and responsibility to those you represent and accountability to God and the people of God,” Father Knowles said.
Members of the Upper and Lower chambers representing the Government and the Opposition gathered at St George’s Church on Wednesday, January 27 to attend the annual Parliamentary Service organized by the Bahamas Christian Council.
Among those in attendance were Prime Minister the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham; the Hon Alvin Smith, Speaker of the House of Assembly; members of the Bahamas Christian Council and staff of the House of Assembly.
During the service, religious leaders offered prayers for the Members of Parliament, the Senate, the judiciary and the country.
In his remarks Rev Patrick Paul, President of the Bahamas Christian Council, reflected on various initiatives introduced by the Government over the past year. They include the restructuring of the command of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the enhancement of the Lynden Pindling Airport and the completion of the Nassau Harbour Port Improvement Project.
He pointed out the challenge of crime that the country continues to face. “Crime and particularly violent crime, against persons and property continues to rise and we must find ways to work together and bring this to an abatement,” said Rev Paul.
He encouraged parliamentarians to collectively toughen laws that will “strengthen” families within society and he urged them to advance the cause to strengthen the laws to keep persons behind bars who disrupt harmony and violate peace.
In his sermon Rt Rev Laish Boyd, Anglican bishop, told the Parliamentarians to remember that the “power” to carry out their duties is “outside” of them.
“It is outside of yourselves because you represent the people of this jurisdiction and there is a God who created you, who will sustain you and who helps you,” Bishop Boyd said.
He suggested words from the book of Proverbs chapter 3:5 and 6 to help the parliamentarians in their perspectives. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”
“We are called to trust in God to hold onto what we cannot yet see or what has not yet materialized because in our human state we cannot see or know everything. There are some things we must hold by belief, conviction or trust,” said Bishop Boyd.
“When we are in positions of power it is sometimes difficult to acknowledge our own vulnerability. So many people depend on us; so many people require things of us and we are called to lean not on ourselves, not to see all of the solutions in ourselves.”