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

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Prayer of Hope for May 2020

The Gratitude Prayer

God help us to always look to the many things for which we can be grateful even in the midst of times of loss.
Let us enjoy the peace that comes with having a grateful heart.
The Bible tells us that it will rain on the just and the unjust, but there is always something to thank you for, God.
Teach us to make the choice to think on those things, so that we may always have a thankful
heart. Amen

Lord God Almighty, thank you for the privilege of prayer. Help us to be joyful in our service. Anoint us with the oil of gladness. Teach us to be responsible Christians in our walk with you. Help us to be kind to ourselves and to love each other with the unconditional love of Jesus our Lord and God.

Help us to attend to the needs of those victimized by violence and those that suffer silently. Strengthen us with your Holy Spirit in our fight to overcome violence in our midst. Empower those individuals and organizations that are proactive in this course to bring about justice and peace in our homes, communities and nation.
We thank you for Jesus and his saving grace and Lord make us a blessing to someone today! In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
A Prayer For My Children
Lord, some days this mama gets so tired so tired in fact, that I just won’t know what to do except set my face before you when I come to you in prayer I must first whisper thank you, thank you Jesus, for my children. Thank you for their energy and their sleep. Well, when they sleep thank you for their open hearts and sometimes willing hands. Thank you for teaching me so much about them through you to be chosen as “mama” is a gift from you. May I recognize that gift as much on high strung days as the low key days. May this thought flooding my mind with joy and my simple thank you transforms my thought from weak mommy to empowered mama in Jesus Name.

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Prayer of Hope for June 2020

Lord Jesus, we pray that we may become as pure, as innocent and as humble as children,
with no evil, impurity and vengeance in our hearts. May we be excellent examples of godly
men and women to children who are in our care. May we nurture and bring them close to
You, as they become the future generation of the world and a blessed people of Your
Kingdom. Amen
Merciful and everlasting God, we thank you for who we are. We thank you that we can call
you our Father. We thank you for your love for all people that has enabled you to die on the
Cross for the salvation of the world. Help us heavenly Father to love one another, for love
comes straight from God.
We pray for all those who are victims of violence in their homes.
May they be granted the strength and the power to overcome fear and try to seek solutions.
We pray for those women shut off from a full life by tradition and practice. For those seeking
answers and meanings to their lives within their own cultures and religions.
We pray for all those who suffer through no fault of theirs. We pray that you will continue to
give joyful expression to your creative
love which breaks down barriers, and unites person to person, woman to man, and community to community.
This is our prayer and we ask this through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen

Prayer of Hope for July 2020

Dear God, Help us to focus on you today, remembering that the gift of Christ, Immanuel, is our most treasured gift for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. You never leave us. Thank you for your daily Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that
your surround us with favor as with a shield, we are safe in your care. We choose to press in close to you today… In Jesus’ name, amen.
~ Debbie McDaniel
Dear Lord, our Almighty Father always loving and kind. You came into this world for those who are weak, lonely, suffering from sickness, and those crying out for justice in this life. Through your Son our Savior Jesus Christ you gave your life that we might change our ways and receive Salvation.
At this moment, we pray for those women and children who are going through Domestic Violence or any kind of abuse and are not able to share it with anyone, that they may be able to reach out and break the silence and seek justice. We pray for those men and women who are working with the youth and women who have been victimized, our clergy and churches and
organizations who bring awareness to the violence among our world. We pray that more and more awareness programs are set up so that such issues can be brought to justice and the perpetrators get punished. We ask all these in Jesus’ name.
Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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