Five, and Maybe More, For the New Year

Five what? Thom Rainer, President of Lifeway writes about critical trends the church may want to be aware. We won’t rehash that piece but will instead let it form the inspiration for Five, or more, resources for the coming year as we follow Jesus together and invite others to join us.

First, let’s read the Bible through together this year. We have done this in the past. How about let’s view this as an opportunity rather than drudge? We will not create a new legalism by which your Christian devotion will be measured by reading the Bible through this year. Rather, we want to encourage each other to see, “how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out.” (Hebrews 10:24, The Message)

If you use the Snow Hill App, and you should be!, you will find a Bible Reading Plan that will guide you through reading the Bible in 2018. If you want to get a head start, go for it!

You may use the popular Bible App that is free no matter your phone format. Choose a 1-year plan and follow that one.

Second, consider downloading the Common Prayer App on your iPhone. Apologies as the developer of this app has only added it to the iTunes App Store. If your cell phone is other than an iPhone, look for an app that offers The Daily Office. These daily devotional resources follow the Christian Calendar. Remember, the Christian Calendar reminds us that we set our time to the life of Jesus.

Third, keep up when you have to be gone by using the Snow Hill App to get the most recent sermon. We generally get the Sunday sermon edited and posted by Wednesday. No, editing does not make it better! We will often put sermons into a series that either follows the Christian Season that we are in or categorized in a special series we happen to be promoting. The sermons may be played from the app, downloaded for listening later, and shared. If you are accustomed to listening to podcasts, on-demand radio, our sermons may also be found in the iTunes podcast library where you may subscribe and these will be delivered right to your device.

Fourth, we will be adding to our podcast lineup. Our Youth are working on a podcast specifically for youth by youth. The new feature will be titled, Youth on The Hill or Yo(u)th for short. The first sessions have already been recorded. We will make the announcement when this one rolls out. We are super excited to learn from and with our young people.

Also, beginning in January we will add a podcast tentatively titled, The Cutting Floor. Sermons are the work of studying, prayer, and cutting. Yes, cutting. Think of the description of editing a film. Before a movie reaches its final form, it goes through a series of edits, cuts. These clips are said to be “on the cutting floor.” We will provide a resource for those who wonder how a particular sermon came together.

Five, find ongoing updates on the Snow Hill App. Here’s how:

  1. Open the App and Click on “Stay In The Know.”
  2. Click “Newsletters”
  3. Click the most recent, or any other one, at the top.
  4. Click “Watch”

That is it! Easy!

Know that you may also find our weekly bulletin and our weekly Scripture Reading. Here’s how:

  1. Open the App and Click on “This Sunday”
  2. Click “Bulletin”
  3. Return and Click “Weekly Scripture Reading”

You will also find a link to Give Online on the same page.

BONUS: Thom Rainer has observed the return of the Neighborhood Church. Located in the Tri-City area, specifically in Tuttle, near Bridgecreek and Newcastle – we have young people who attend all three schools – Snow Hill is a community church. We view our area of ministry, what was once called a “parish” as our community, Tri-City. When you have the opportunity to serve in our community take it and represent Jesus faithfully. When you have the occasion to invite folks to worship at a church in our community, invite them to Snow Hill. Many people travel outside our community for worship. Those churches do not have a specific interest in Tuttle or Bridgecreek, or Newcastle. It does not mean they do not care about people or the Gospel. It is simply that their primary interest is not serving our community in the Name of Jesus.

There are those who do not attend church regularly, if at all. When we plant ourselves firmly in our community, we have the opportunity to reach and engage with those who do not attend church. As you do this, invite folks to follow Jesus with you at Snow Hill.

How are you doing with your Favorite Five invitations?

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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