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Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful

Christmas and New Year

From all in GFS Ireland

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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 December and January 2020 below, please click here to download these prayers.

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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.”

 

Prayer of Hope for January 2020

Thank you Lord for all the joys of the last year! Thanks for the love I’ve shared and received, the opportunities I’ve embrace and even the challenges I’ve faced. As I head into another year, thanks for all the exciting adventure, experiences and friendships which lie ahead.

 

Our God is a mighty protector

Let us pray that God’s justice, compassion and right will break forth in our time. Awaken our hearts and deepen our commitment to work for a world where all people are free and able to live with dignity and freedom. We ask for conversion of heart for traffickers and for strong laws to protect victims. Give us wisdom and courage so that together we will find ways to ensure Your freedom is the gift for all people. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayers written by Claire Griffin

Source the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans

 

Almighty God, we pray for all victims of abuse. We ask you to surround them with Your care and protect them by Your loving might and permit them to enjoy health and healing, wholeness and strength, calmness and peace and love. Most of all, we pray that they feel Your presence and be confident in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Submitted by: Delores M. Alleyne Former National President GFS/USA

 

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