NEWS

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 September below, please click here to download this prayer.

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Prayer of Hope for September 2019

SEPTEMBER

We now bring our prayers to God for the witness and work of the Girls’ Friendly Society, Mothers’ Union and the Episcopal Church Women; with thanks for his presence with us in all he has called us to do.

Loving Lord, we thank you for the path laid before us and that you accompany us on our journey.

We pray for the flourishing of GFS, Mothers’ Union and Episcopal Church Women as we adapt for the needs of this present age and entrust ourselves to God to lead us forward.

We pray for open ears, eyes and hearts that we may act with insight and integrity to make a difference in our world.

As we walk into the future with faith may our pace be set by our perfect guide; neither running ahead nor lagging behind, but always in step with God. Amen

We thank you for the gift of life: for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder, for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our becoming, for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst, for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, for children who lighten our moments with delight, for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for neighbours and one more person to love and by whom be loved, for your grace and one more experience of your presence, for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray.

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

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