Ghana Church holds Chelsea Thanksgiving Service

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BBC reports – A church in Ghana’s capital, Accra, has held a thanksgiving service for Chelsea following its recent success in the Premier League.

Long-time Chelsea fan Pastor Azigiza encouraged people to come wearing football tops of their favourite team.

Standing behind a Chelsea cake on a stage made to look like a football pitch he said: “Chelsea, by the grace of God, came first.”

Pastor with his congregants in Chelsea shirts
Reverend Azigiza thanked God for Chelsea’s success

He told the BBC he wanted to use the power of football to talk about God

Azigiza also led the congregation in a verse of the Chelsea anthem Blue is the Colour.

The pastor, who at one time was a radio DJ, was also teasing his immediate boss at the Living Streams International Church, Reverend Dr Ebenezer Markwei, who is an Arsenal fan.

Man in Arsenal shirt looking down from the stagePastor Azigiza’s boss Ebenezer Markwei (right) is an Arsenal fan

In his sermon, Pastor Markwei talked about “the good, the bad and the ugly of rivalry” suggesting that football fans should engage in friendly rivalry.

He said there was fellowship in rejoicing in others’ successes, so when it is your turn others would do the same.

Arsenal fan and Chelsea fan

Fans of different teams were encouraged to embrace each other

Chelsea fan and Arsenal fan
The church wanted to encourage friendly rivalry

The one blemish in Chelsea’s domestic season was that they lost the FA Cup Final – 2-1 to Arsenal.

But during the service Azigiza thanked God for Arsenal’s victory “because it means that [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger will stay” and they cannot win the league with him, he said.

Fans of all teams were welcome to the service and Azigiza told the BBC that he wanted to defuse rivalry between supporters of different clubs.

Although, he added, they were reminded that Chelsea had just been crowned Premier League champions.

Cutting a Chelsea cake
There was no doubt that it was a celebration of Chelsea

People recreating football match
Dancers did football moves to Chelsea’s anthem

Chelsea won the Premier League in May with 93 points, seven ahead of their nearest rivals Tottenham … read more

Source : BBC News

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