A Moment To Praise 9.21.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 9.21.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

You and Me

I’m going to take you on a trip back in time with this week’s devotion and matching video.

Imagine this. It’s 1997 and I am a busy stay-at-home mom running errands with my then 2-year-old daughter, Shay. I had just dropped off my eldest, Jenna, at school and I was playing the newest WOW 1997 – Top Christian Songs CD in my car’s CD player. I know that last sentence might not make sense to some younger people, but yes, we played CDs in our cars! 🙂

A Moment To Praise 9.21.20 in Song

Anyway, this song came on by DC Talk called, “Just Between You And Me”. It was a song about forgiveness and healing. You can take a listen here: https://youtu.be/6kXJdshVNq0

At this time in my life, I was trying to deal with a hurt that I just couldn’t get over. The bitterness and anger that I felt constantly plagued me. Then, I heard this song. The lyrics absolutely drove me to tears. I nearly had to stop the car so I didn’t get into an accident.

This was the verse that grabbed me:

In my pursuit of God, I thirst for holiness

As I approach the Son, I must consider this

Offenses unresolved, they’ll keep me from the throne

Before I go to Him, my wrong must be atoned

The ‘Secret’

That’s when it hit me. The ‘secret’ to getting rid of all of my negative feelings was nestled right into this verse of that song. This song had been written by someone who didn’t know me at all, but that person was faithful to God. God knew what I needed to hear and the best way to speak it to me – through that song! Here’s what I heard clearly that day:

I needed to ask for forgiveness as well as give forgiveness to others!

In life, if we hold onto past hurts and bitter feelings, the only person that feels bad in the end is us! We torture ourselves with thoughts and emotional reactions that, in reality, may not be true. Most times in my life when I have perceived that someone has been out to get me or out to hurt my feelings, I was not correct! Holding on to our own perceptions only causes us pain. The last two lines of the song cement to me what God expects from us.

Read them again:

Offenses unresolved, they’ll keep me from the throne

Before I go to Him, my wrong must be atoned

A Moment To Praise 9.21.20 in Scripture

I do not want my silly pride and inability to let go of something to keep me from His throne. Nothing is worth keeping me from my eternal life with God! Scripture tells us this:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%201:18&version=NIV

Isaiah 1:18 NIV – “Come now, let us settle the – Bible Gateway

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

www.biblegateway.com

 

God is saying that we we all need to settle the matter before it eats us up inside, so we can start living again and be forgiven!

The person that I had experienced conflict with? They are still in my life. I learned how to accept them for who they are and to not take their words to heart. Letting things go, I do not stir up bitterness or discontent in my heart. I have forgiven.

Just between you and me, (see what I did there?😁) I’m not always good at this. I have times of insecurity and a very overactive mind, but with the help of God I continue to try. I absolutely have to, my eternal life is at stake!

Have a great week, and be happy!

Thankful Thursday 9-17-2020

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Thankful Thursday 9-17-2020

Thankful Thursday greets my ears with the rhythms of nature. The humming white noise buzz of the insects provides the steady backdrop for the chirping crickets and calling birds. As I sit soaking up the many nature noises, I am awe of the variety and complexity of wildlife.

From the little cricket with big noise beside me to the winged grasshopper flying by to safety, the little guys of creation have big impact on this world. Each consistently does what it is created for. When we close our eyes, take a deep breath, and allow the blanket of nature’s symphony to cover us, our minds, bodies, and spirits slow down.

When we slow down, fall in line with the rhythm of nature, we allow restoration of our souls. Our thoughts calm. Muscles relax. And hearts beat more freely. Their only tasks: being open to be loved and to love. I’m grateful for nature and the calming force it bring to my soul to remember: I am loved and am built to love. John 3:16. Sending prayers for you to be loved and to love others today.

Blessings!

Thankful Thursday 9-17-2020 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Sunday In-Person Worship 8 AM & 10:30 AM (click the time you want to come to sign up) or Online Worship at your chosen time. To know more about these services, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Wednesdays Be In the Light Activities at Gravel Hill are currently canceled; however, look for worship services online on our Sunday Sermon page.

On Facebook (Gravel Hill Church) and Twitter (@GravelHill): A Moment To Praise and A Moment To Praise For Kids! find postings from our worship leader, Joyce. She shares a small devotional, scripture, and worship song.

Weekly Wink 9.16.20

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Weekly Wink 9.16.20

September 16: Youth Group is ON tonight at 6:30 pm. Please complete the Permission & Medical Form and bring along to give to Judy, We will see you tonight @ 6:30 pm!

September 20: Sunday 8:00 & 10:30 AM Worship. (Online) Service will be available online under our Sunday Sermons. Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.

September Worship: Sunday 8:00 & 10:30 am Live Streaming (Online) with Limited In Person Worship. To maintain appropriate social distancing, spaces are limited and RSVP is needed for each person attending. To RSVP, click your attending time below:

Welcome Back Video (click here to watch). We have been working hard to prepare for in-person worship. Check out the video with our plans to welcome you to worship.

Canceled: Charity Motorcycle Ride

Volunteers needed for the Fall Feeding Frenzy 5K on Oct. 31. To volunteer, visit our Volunteer Page.

Weekly Wink 9.16.20 Ahead: Look for us online!

Mondays: A Moment To Praise

Tuesdays: A Moment To Praise For Kids!

Wednesdays: Weekly Wink, 1st Wednesday of the month: Book Reviews!

Thursdays: Thankful Thursday

Fridays: Sermon/Message Title & Scripture Sharing

Saturdays: Reminders

Sundays: Online Worship

Tuesday 9:15 AM Ladies Bible Study (Room 201) continues its study of Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. Return TBD. Check in with Joyce for gatherings on Zoom during our time apart.

Current Missions:

Gravel Hill Tithing (Learn more here.) Say thank you for the blessings you have so the Gravel Hill body can support our missions.

Aluminum can donations are being accepted to support the youth group. Donations may be placed by the pavilion doors in bags. Collection occurs the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Community Garden Volunteer Opportunities (through Sat. Oct. 17th): click this link (impact-palmyra.org) to sign up.

Let’s take a moment to show our appreciation for the the men and women who help serve and protect Palmyra.  The goal is to provide North Londonderry, South Londonderry, and Borough Police Departments with a 3J’s Coffee and Duck Donuts thank you for all they do to keep our communities safe. Click here to say thank you and donate.

Ongoing Opportunities:

Gift Shopping Made Easy! You can shop for gift cards while at home and benefit Gravel Hill. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931.

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20

By | A Moment To Praise
Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20

Loving

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kids,

Do you ever play that game “he/she loves me, he/she loves me not” while you pull the petals off of a daisy? Or is that old school, old timer stuff? Regardless, it was always a fun way to think of someone you liked and then play the game until the last petal fell and you found out if the person loved you back or not. The game was simple, non-electronic, and definitely old school, but it was a game we always played when I was young. When I remember playing it, I think about how unsure I always was of what the outcome would be. Does he love me or does he not?! And of course, I thought that it was a foolproof way to figure out if I had a secret admirer. Was there someone special who loved me?

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20 in Scripture

I wonder if God ever wonders the same question about me. “Does she love me or does she love me not?” Sometimes, my actions don’t show that I love Him with all my heart. Here is what scripture tells us about loving God:

Matthew 22:37

We are not only supposed to love our God with our whole heart, but also with our whole soul and our whole mind. That’s quite a task! God is asking for you to give over your heart, where your emotions reside.  He’s asking you to give over your soul, where your conscience lives and where you know right from wrong. Last of all, He’s asking for you to give over your mind. That’s where a whole lot of things happen: thoughts, feelings, anger, and joy. The bottom line is that God wants you to just love Him all the time with all of your being and that way, you’ll never go wrong! The great part is He promises to always love you back, no matter what!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20 in Song

Here’s a great song, Love the Lord, to remind you of how to love God! The best part? It’s the scripture we just shared together, too!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.15.20 Learn More

Check out this cute video which is a flower advertisement, but it shows the flower game I’m talking about and the bottom line of “He (God) loves me!”

Have a great day!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Praising God

I have to tell you…it was SO good to be back in worship together at the church. I know that the surroundings had changed a bit from the last time we were together, and we had to adhere to some guidelines that we may not like having in place, but should be used to by now. The one thing I did notice was this: if we allowed ourselves to remember that we were entering into God’s Holy House, and if we had prepared our hearts to meet the Holy Spirit there, none of those outside worldly issues mattered! And I felt that they didn’t. On Sunday, you could feel the genuine atmosphere of joy and excitement of being able to worship together again! Hallelujah!

The thing that I have most missed most during our time away from the church was being able to sing praises together as a group to God in His house. There is such a feeling of unity and closeness when we worship with each other that cannot be found anywhere else. The scripture today talks about that exact feeling:

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20 in Scripture

Psalm 34:1-4

Let us praise the Lord together and exalt His name! Amen to that! Think about how much better the world would be if we saw acts of mercy and praise plastered on our television daily. How much more hopeful and joyous would our souls would feel? Think of how God would delight in us if we, His people, publicly praised Him in all situations. In times of joy and in times of persecution, He has told us to lift up our lives to Him! In return, He has promised to be our Savior, Healer, and our Deliverer in all things!

I don’t know about you, but I need to remember that! I get caught up in the world around us, as I’m sure some of you do too. We start to think that we are the only ones who don’t agree with the anger circulating in this world today. Then I read this passage and see that God expects us to be more focused on Him and what He did for us than the world and the things of this life.

Remember His Word

We must remember that Jesus told us that in this world, there will be trouble, but He has overcome this world. That is something for us to think about! If everyone would remember that and then make the choice to worship God and elevate Him and His ways, not elevate this world and its ways, things would look a whole lot different around here!

Let’s be the ones who start a new world trend.  Let us show the world God’s love through praise to Him in all times and in all situations. Let’s not let the world dictate how we feel, but instead let the truth of God’s love and grace guide our thoughts and actions.  Wouldn’t it be great to see Christians who flow out into the streets and spread God’s joy on the evening news? We can show people that there is a different way to live!

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20 in Song

Check out this new favorite song of mine! I would love to see the activity in this video on the 6 o’clock news!

Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker: https://youtu.be/UuuZMg6NVeA

Praise God and have a good week!

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