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A Moment To Praise For Kids 11.2.21

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Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

A Moment To Praise For Kids 11.2.21

See You In the Church Soon!

Hi kids!

Today will be my last Kids Moment of Praise.

Now that we are all back together in church, Sunday School and Kidz Choir, I don’t need to communicate with you online. I can see your faces and laugh, dance, and sing with you in person.

Entering Thanksgiving and Christmas makes me so excited and for us to be getting ready to sing for Christmas Eve.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 11.2.21 in Scripture

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

I hope to see you in church or in Kidz Choir. Remember to keep seeking Jesus in your life; I can’t wait to see where you will go with His guidance!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 11.1.21

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A Moment To Praise 11.1.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Thank you!

Hi everyone!

This will be the last of our Moments to Praise. I sure had fun doing them and helping you all (hopefully) from time to time. The purpose of the devotion was to help keep us all connected during COVID when we were unable to be in the physical church. However, now that the church is completely back in action and the work is picking up, I am going to focus on that job. I’m super excited about the prospects for the future of our church as we move forward and I’m excited for us to keep getting back to normal.

Thanks for allowing me to put my emotions and thoughts in each Moment to Praise during these last 19 months. Thanks for the support you have given me. And finally a huge thank you to Katie Landis for her ever present, often overlooked work behind the scenes with all of Gravel Hill’s social media. You are one awesome woman!

I hope to see you all in church, and always remember to praise!

Moment To Praise 11.1.21 in Scripture
Hebrews 13:15-16 CEB – Bible Gateway

Hebrews 13:15-16. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Even in the darkest of times, we can praise God for his love, his sovereignty, and his promise to be near us when we call (Psalm 145:18).

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Have a blessed day!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.26.21

By | A Moment To Praise
Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.26.21

Infinite Love

Hi, Guys and Gals,

I hope your week is going well! I know that some of the most fun times of the year are coming up: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! Yay – excitement! I love all of these times of the year. There is so much cheer, candy, presents, and fun all coming up in the next three months! I would consider all of these holidays to be really awesome. They are great times to anticipate and get excited about – all good things!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.26.21 in Scripture

Read this scripture attached about how all great things will fade away, but one thing will remain.

Bible Gateway passage: 1 Corinthians 13:8 – International Children’s Bible

Love never ends. There are gifts of prophecy, but they will be ended. There are gifts of speaking in different languages, but those gifts will end. There is the gift of knowledge, but it will be ended.

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God’s love never ends! All of the things of this earth will not mean much in the end, but knowing God’s love in your life will last forever. God’s love is the one thing that will remain in the end! Make sure you know God, and how much He loves you.  Know that He gave his only son, Jesus Christ, for you so that you could be forgiven. Because of Jesus, you will live forever and ever with him someday, a long time from now.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.26.21 in Song

Accept God’s love for you, and know that it will never ever leave you!

One Thing Remains – Bethel Music Kids | Come Alive

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Try to make this craft – it’s an infinity cube! Infinity means ‘never ends’, just like God’s love never ends! Have a fun day, and enjoy trick-or-treating this week!

How to make DIY PAPER INFINITY CUBE [fidget toy] For Kids / PAPER TOYS antistress / KIDS crafts

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Have a good day!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 10.25.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 10.25.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

One World

I am continuing my devotional from last week, coming back to the idea of showing each other love and helping one another in this life. Ultimately the goal is to love instead of judging and being harsh toward one another. This scripture from Philippians says:

Philiippians 2:3-5 NET – Bible Gateway

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition[a] or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned[b] not only[c] about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.[d] You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had,[e]

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Clearly, scripture tells us that we are to treat others not worse, not even equal to, but better than we treat ourselves! How often do we do that in our lives? Lately, it seems like no one is willing to help or show love to another person. It is so very sad. Everyone just seems cranky!

The video I attached today is a song from a while ago by Toby Mac called “One World”. I have chosen to use the lyric video so you all can see the words to this song. One of my favorite lines says: “…is God looking in pure disgust, wondering “What’s the ‘dilly’ with the silly I see, when I made each of these in the image of me?” 

Could that be the way that God feels when he looks upon his children? Does he ask himself, “What are these people doing? I have made each and every one in my image, yet I don’t see them acting like me!”

Moment To Praise 10.25.21 in Scripture
Genesis 1:27 NRSV – Bible Gateway

So God created humankind[a] in his image,
    in the image of God he created them;[b]
    male and female he created them.

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We have no excuse for our behavior, especially when we look at it in light of this scripture. God expects more from us. I need to look out for you, and you need to look out for me. We need to live peacefully on this earth together, because one day we will be sharing heaven together. One world, here and for eternity. It makes you think, doesn’t it?

A Moment To Praise 10.25.21 in Song

TobyMac – One World (Lyrics)

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Have a blessed day!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.19.21

By | A Moment To Praise
Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.19.21

Being Kind

I was just thinking about you guys since we had Kidz Choir last night. My thoughts were about how kind and nice you all are! It’s a great thing to see when we’re all together. You are always helping each other, especially older kids helping those younger. You are always encouraging each other when we pray, and we always have fun together. It’s a great thing to see. You are just like Jesus in your action: being kind. You definitely show that you understand the Bible verse below.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.19.21 in Scripture

Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 7:12 ICB

The Most Important Rule

12 “Do for other people the same things you want them to do for you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.

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Thanks for being good kids and examples of Jesus in the world. Adults should be looking to you to learn how to treat one another! 😃

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.19.21 in Song

Enjoy this song “Jesus, Strong and Kind”.

Jesus, Strong and Kind  – Summit Kids (LiveLyric)

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Try this craft. Instead of a flower, try a tree with fall leaves to be seasonal.

Have a good day!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 10.18.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 10.18.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Be Kind

This week, I want to start by sharing something that I saw on social media.

This really resonates with me, especially this week. I have to always remind myself of this quote as I move in this world. So many things are happening for many people all around us, and it is so difficult to know who may be in need of extra care and concern. So how about we just share with all?

Here are a few ways that we can choose to simply be kind:

1 – Don’t always jump to conclusions. We cannot possibly know what’s going on for someone.

2 – Don’t tell people what to do. Most of the time, someone going through a difficult time doesn’t need your opinions. They just need your love and support.

3 – Remember that everyone is equal to you and is loved by God just like you. Remember to be a loving brother or sister in Christ, not a judgmental one.

The most important thing to remember is that we all have to be on this planet together. We all have to coexist in our small town and in our local church. We are all different from one another, but we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. One final thought. Chill out toward your fellow man, showing love instead of hate.

Be Kind!

A Moment To Praise 10.18.21 in Scripture
Ephesians 4:32 MSG – Bible Gateway

Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

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A Moment To Praise 10.18.21 in Song
Kindness (with lyrics) – Chris Tomlin

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Have a blessed day!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.12.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.12.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Heartbeat

I want to share with you my favorite Bible verse. It is one that makes me happy when I feel down. This verse helps me to feel good when I think that no one understands me or cares. It shows that God knows me best – He even know the rhythm of my heartbeat and that I am precious to Him.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.12.21 in Scripture

Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 139:13-16 ICB

13 You made my whole being.
    You formed me in my mother’s body.
14 I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
15 You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
16     you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
    were written in your book
    before I was one day old.

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This verse gives me comfort. I hope it gives you comfort, too. When you feel like you are all alone and no one understands you, this is a great verse to come to. When you are just having a rough day, visit this psalm. God is always willing to listen to you and share your day.  Who better to talk to than the one who knows you so very well? God knows you even better than your family and friends!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.12.21 in Song

Have a good day, and remember that to God, you are the most special and precious being and He loves you right down to your heartbeat.

HEARTBEAT // Lyric Video

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Try this fun craft using fall colors! Remember that God’s heart beats for you and He loves you!

Have a great week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 10.11.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 10.11.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

There Are Days

Some days, there are days where you just wish you would have stayed in bed, aren’t there? There are days when you just can’t see a clear direction or where things are going. Those are the tough days. In those moments, you have to practice what you preach. You must live out what you say you know to be truth.

When a bad day happens, you have to have faith that God is working in and around you in all situations, no matter what they are. I love the way that The Message translates Proverbs 3:5-6. The verse reminds us of the importance of having faith when its hard. Take a look.

A Moment To Praise 10.11.21 in Scripture
Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG – Bible Gateway

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;

don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.

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Trust and Listen

I need this advice often. Trust in God; not just a little bit, but deeply, from the bottom of your heart. Don’t just give God lip service, but demonstrate real and abiding trust in Him, in all things at all times. The next part is the one that I need to hear even more: don’t try to figure everything out on your own. I feel that this statement should end with an exclamation point and not a period! We, in communion with our egos, try to figure everything out. Spoiler alert: we can’t! That’s a plain and simple truth. We should stop and read the next line. “Listen to God’s voice in everything you do and everywhere you go.”

Uh oh! How often do we do that? So many times, we have a problem and we start the chain of talking. We talk to one person, then two people, possibly more to try to validate us, make us feel better, or find someone to sympathize with us. When in reality, we could have just turned to God, found validation and found peace in Him first.

After that, it would be easier to follow through by seeking out a trusted, godly person to talk to. Someone who can pray with us and for us until the crisis passes.

Bottom line? Only God can keep us on track and no one else. He holds the master plan and has our absolute best interest at heart. Does that mean it’s a piece of cake? Nope! Does that mean that faith in hard times is easy to come by? Absolutely not.  But we need to, at all times, practice that faith in big and small things and before we know it, it will become second nature for us all.

A Moment To Praise 10.11.21 in Song

I encourage you to listen to this song, especially if you are in the middle of a trial right now.  It brings peace and comfort and a clearer head for moving forward in your faith in Christ.

https://youtu.be/cOpdRYEs6zg

Know You Will (Official Video) – UNITED

“Know You Will” is an anthem of hope for uncertain times. Amidst all the madness of a world where it seems like every foundation is being shaken to the core,…

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Have a blessed day!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.5.21

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.5.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Trust

Trust is an important word. To trust means:

trust /trəst/ Learn to pronounce

(See definitions in: AllLawCommerce · Dated)

noun 1. firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

“relations have to be built on trust”

To trust is to believe in the strength of someone or something. When I think of this definition, I think of my parents; I know that I can trust them. Who do you think of? Maybe your pastor, your Sunday school teacher, or your regular school teacher comes to mind as a trustworthy person. I’m sure there are many others who you think of, too!

In my experience, I find that I trust in people who have earned it. Those who have shown me that I can trust them. I also have learned that sometimes, people say or do certain things that make me realize that I can’t trust them. Because of this, I am more careful with what I say around them. I’m sure that you have the same experience.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.5.21 in Scripture

One thing I do know is that I have one constant that I can count on – God. People will fail us all the time, but God will not.

Bible Gateway passage: Jeremiah 17:7 – GW

Blessed is the person who trusts the Lord.
The Lord will be his confidence.

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 10.5.21 in Song

Listen to this fun song about trusting God!

TRUST | LifePoint Kids Worship with Motions

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And try making a Duct Tape Bracelet Craft, too!

Have a great week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 10.4.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 10.4.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Unchanged

Have you ever opened a package, removed its contents, and then tried to put it all back in the box? For me, at least, it never fits the way it was originally. Think about opening a pack of butter at a restaurant. If you wanted to package it back up, it would never go back the same as it was when you first opened it. In both of these scenarios, something magically changed, and the package and its contents don’t work anymore. They are never the same. These are just little silly day-to-day examples that truly have no long term consequences.

But what about other times when significant things happen in our lives that change us forever? There are clearly times in our lives where circumstances aren’t happy or fair. Sometimes these occurrences cause us to have a change in personality. We may become more withdrawn, more guarded, or start to question God’s plan.

We tend to think that God has the same personality traits as we do, and that He changes His personality or His mind in the same way that we do. Thankfully, that’s not the case.  Where we may exhibit changes much like the packages talked about earlier, God never changes. He is constant and His ways and thoughts are clearly different than our ways. Scripture says this:

A Moment To Praise 10.4.21 in Scripture
Malachi 3:6 NIV – Bible Gateway

I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

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No matter how much we change, God is the same for all time. He is a constant force in our lives. We know that we can count on and trust in Him. He will never change or act any differently from one day to the next. He is forever our unchanging God.

A Moment To Praise 10.4.21 in Song

Unchanging God | Live | Elevation Worship

Have a great week!

Joyce