NEWS

 News from GFS IRELAND

Our thanks to Mrs Thembeka Pama, GFS World President for sending this Prayer from Bishop Dintoe, the Youth Liasing Bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

God Bless His Creation And Cleanse It
God Bless All Countries And Continents Of The World
God Visit And Abide In Our Homes, Hospitals, Clinics, Villages, Towns And Cities

God Forgives Sins
God Guard And Guide All Presidents And All Leaders Of The World
God Give People Of All Nations The Spirit Of Cooperation With One Another
God Touch The Hearts And Hands Of Our Law Enforcement Officers With Restraint And Compassion

God Forgives Sinners
God Give Healing And Wholeness To All His People
God Give Wisdom And Courage To Doctors, Nurses and Medical Personnel
God Illuminate And Sanctify Bishops, Priests And Deacons With Faithful Proclamation Of The Gospel

God Fortifies Sinners
God Stop And Destroy The Coronavirus And All Kinds Of Ailments
God Give Release And Freedom To All His People From The Coronavirus Pandemic
God Give Eternal Rest To The Souls Of All Victims Of The Coronavirus
God Frees Sinners

This we Pray and Confess n the Strong Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour,
Through the Power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Yours Called To Be The Shepherd Of Christ’s Flock

Dintoe
Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of the Free State
Liaison Bishop: Youth, Children, ASF, GBFS & St Mary Magdalene
Anglican Church of Southern Africa

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9th April 2020

Dear GFS Members,

“He is Risen!”
Matthew 28 v 6

As I write this Easter greeting to you all, I realise that for all of us, this is an Easter like no other in our living memories.

Many of our members have been home schooling for weeks now, had the delivery of their education courses changed, faced uncertainty with exams, been furloughed from work, been self isolating and continuing as front line and key workers. None of us are spectators, we are all active participants as we continue to wash our hands, practice social distancing and stay at home.

We are sharing and bearing each other’s burdens.

I am aware that many of you have been actively supporting our front line and key workers through constant prayer, sewing scrubs and face masks, helping those self-isolating in our nursing and care homes by making pictures for them, delivering food parcels and much more. The support that you are giving each other through telephone calls, texts and social media has been a wonderful encouragement. Please continue to remember each other in prayer daily, especially those in need of Christ’s comfort and help at this time.

On Easter morning as we share with the GFS Family and Christians all around the world, let us be active participants with Christ and His good news and not simply spectators.

May God continue to bless, comfort and encourage each one of you.

Alison

Alison Jackson
GFS All Ireland President

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the Law of Christ”
Galatians 6 v 2

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Covid-19/Coronavirus

You will aware that GFS in Ireland has been closely monitoring the situation in respect to Covid-19/Coronavirus and the advices being given by the respective Health Promotion Agencies in both NI and RoI.  The health, safety and well being of our members, leaders and helpers is of paramount importance.

GFS activities in RoI were suspended following Leo Varadkar’s announcement on 12.03.2020 that schools and colleges were to close until 29.03.2020.

GFS activities in NI are to be suspended from today, 14.3.2020.

Details will follow in the coming days in respect of any other operational issues that might arise.

In the meantime, everyone is to follow the guidance from their respective Health Promotion Agencies in terms of dealing with this pandemic.

Remember to hold each other and our communities in prayer, remembering the words of our GFS Motto “Bearing one another’s burdens,……’and our GFS memory verse this year.

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We would commend to you all the following prayer issued by Archbishop Michael Jackson of Dublin and Glendalough for use at this time.

A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus”

 Almighty and All-loving God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

we pray to you through Christ the Healer

for those who suffer from Coronavirus and Covid 19

in Ireland and across the world.

We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss

of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.

Give wisdom to policymakers,

Skill to researchers,

comfort to everyone in distress

and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.

This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

Who showed compassion to the outcast,

acceptance to the rejected

and love to those whom no love was shown.

Amen.

Archbishop Michael Jackson

Dublin and Glendalough

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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 June and July 2020 below, please click here to download these prayers.

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 Prayer of Hope for October

God of Restoration, we ask you to guard and guide our Youths as they struggle to find their way and your way in life amid all the pressures and messages sent out by the media peers. These messages look down on women, music messages that inspire the love of money and no sexual boundaries.
Help parents to be more involved in, inspire them to do good, to respect and to honour others. Restore family structure to be a strong unit, a safety net, and a light to the path that leads to you and your ways God, in whose enduring love we trust, bind up the wounds of those betrayed by abuse at the hands of others. Heal them and make them whole that they may once more receive and give love with confidence in their dignity as your sons and daughters. In Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

We offer up these prayers as a sign of our solidarity with all who are affected by gender-based violence and as a sign of our unity with all who campaign for justice across the world.
Lord, hear our prayers for an end to all forms of violence and abuse. Amen

Merciful and loving God: When we are ungrateful, remind us of your grace.
When we are oblivious, open our eyes.
When we are harsh, gentle our spirit.
When we are apathetic, show us your suffering children. When we demean ourselves, whisper that we are created in your image. When we lose all hope, show us the empty tomb. So, shape us, and turn us around, that we will live with blessing and grace and light. Amen

B.M. Neel

WOMAN’S CREED

I believe in God, who created woman and man, in God’s own image, who created the world and gave
both sexes care of the earth. I believe in Jesus, child of God, chosen of God, born of the woman Mary who listened to women and liked them, who stayed in their homes, who discussed the kingdom with them, who was followed and financed by women disciples. I believe in Jesus, who discussed theology with a woman at a well, and first confided in her his messiahship, who motivated her to go and tell her great news to the city.

I believe in Jesus who received anointing from a woman at Simon’s house, who rebuked the men guests who scorned her.

I believe I believe in Jesus who said this woman must be remembered for what she did, minister for Jesus.
I believe in Jesus who healed a I believe in Jesus who healed a woman said this woman must be remembered for what she did, minister for Jesus.
I believe in Jesus who healed a woman on the Sabbath and made her straight because she was a human being. I believe in Jesus who thought of pregnancy and birth with reverence, not a punishment but as a wrenching event, a metaphor for transformation born again anguish into joy. I believe in Jesus who spoke of himself as a mother hen who would gather her chicks under her wing. I believe in Jesus who appeared first to Mary
Magdalene who sent her with the burning message

GO AND TELL. I believe in the wholeness of the Saviour in whom there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male and female, for we are all one in salvation.
I believe in the Holy Spirit as she moves over the waters of creation and over the earth. I believe in the Holy Spirit the woman Spirit of God, who like a hen created us and gave us birth and covers us with her wings.

(Rachel C. Warlberg, from No Longer Strangers) from In Unexpected Places by Tony Jasper & Myra Blyth 1988

 

Prayer of Hope for 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 deeds, 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 demand for trafficked people will reduce. May men and women grow in appreciation 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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