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News from GFS IRELAND

 

Please continue to support this initiative which was initially launched for the Lenten period….

“As we approach and journey through the season of Lent, GFS in Ireland are delighted to be supporting the Less Plastics for Lent initiative.  This initiative was approved at our GFS Central Council meeting in February 2019 and is being supported by GFS Worldwide.  Our hope in GFS, is that with everyone making small changes in how they regard and treat plastics it will have a lasting and positive impact on our world. It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit, here we have 40 days to form not only a good habit but a lasting habit that we can all enjoy the benefits off.  Please feel free to download the calendar here and share it with your family, friends and Churches ”

Alison Jackson

All Ireland President

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GFS Worldwide has created a wonderful resource to be used by GFS and Christians called ‘Prayers of Hope’ where  the prayers and reflections have been supplied from around the world.  Please find the prayers for November and December below, please click here to download this prayer.

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Prayer of Hope for November 2019

NOVEMBER 

Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace.

Help me to rely upon your holy will.

In every hour of the day reveal your will to me.

Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm belief your will governs all. Guide my words and de

eds, my thoughts and feelings.

Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray yourself in me.

Amen.

 

We pray for the Christian Communities around the world, for the strength, fortitude and vision of all their leaders and members in addressing the issues of human trafficking.

We pray for world leaders that they will confront human trafficking in all its forms, by dedicating their time, energy and resources to eradicating it.

We pray for those in bonded labour, in agricultural fields, mines and factories who have been reduced to tools for production and commodities rather than human beings.

We pray for women who are estimated to make up 80% of human trafficking victims and for changes in societal attitudes that deny the equality and dignity of women.

We pray for the development of impoverished nations so that their peoples may know a decent standard of living, have meaningful opportunities for education and employment and thus escape the desperate circumstances that make people vulnerable to human trafficking.

We pray that the deman

d for trafficked people will reduce. May men and women grow in ap

preciation of the dignity of every human person so that we can live in a world where no-one is enslaved.

We pray for all who have died as a result of their exploitation and slavery.

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Prayer of Hope for December 2019

DECEMBER 

 

Lord, teach me to offer you a heart of thanksgiving and praise in all my daily experiences of life. Teach me to be joyful always, to pray continually and to give thanks in all my circumstances. I accept them as Your will for my life (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). I long to bring pleasure to Your heart daily. Break the power of the enemy in my life. Defeat Him through my sacrifice of praise. Change my outlook and attitude into one of joyful contentment with my present circumstances. I thank You Oh God, you are so good. You are faithful and gracious and You have blessed me beyond measure. Thank you for everyday blessings to which I have become accustomed, but never want to take for granted.

 

Thank you for legs that carry me where I need to go and hands that enable me to accomplish many things. Thank you for my hearing and my vision and for a sound, healthy mind.

 

Thank you, my family, my friends, my job, my neighbours. Thank you for freedom to attend my church, for my pastors, and for my small group(s) and my many relationships.

 

Thank you for the things You are doing in my heart and in my life. I’m grateful that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I am much different today than I was 10 years ago, or a year ago. I am even different that I was at the beginning of this year, and it’s because of Your power at work in me, continually transforming me into Your image.

 

I love and adore You, Lord, and my heart overflows with gratitude for all these blessings. In the precious name of Jesus,   Amen.”

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