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Sunday Order Of Worship
10:30am

Opening Song: Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is
Welcome
Worship Songs:
Raise A Hallelujah // Desert Song // Broken Vessels
Prayer
Series: Prayer - Grasping the Heart Of God
Message: When God Says "No."
Announcements
Dismissal

Reveal My Fears

Then I heard the Lord say, "Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?"
I answered, "I will go! Send me!"
- Isaiah 6:8, GNT

As a pastor for several decades, I’ve seen firsthand the most intimate prayer requests of thousands of people. Each week, hundreds of needs flood our church, from prayer cards in our services to phone calls during the week or online requests through social media or our church app. So you won’t be surprised to know the most common phrase I hear each week is one I’m delighted to fulfill: “Pastor, will you please pray for . . .?”

I consider it a privilege, an honor, and a joyful responsibility to pause and lift up a need before the throne of God, asking him to have mercy, to move, to guide, to provide, to act, to do a miracle for people that I know and love. Each week someone asks that God would heal their loved one from cancer, help a neighbor find a job, or restore a hurting marriage. Students request prayer to get into the college of their choice, to help pay for that college, or to deal with the pain of their parents’ divorce. Some people pray for a spouse. Others ask for help to forgive a person who hurt them. 

Even though the requests vary, people are asking God to do something for them or someone they love. God, help me. God, help someone I love. Lord, I need.... Father, would you please...? 

God, do something for me. 

Please hear me...we should definitely pray this way. We should always invite God’s presence, God’s power, God’s peace to intervene in our lives. We should ask God to do miracles on our behalf. We should lift up our loved ones and remind ourselves of how God can move in their lives. We should seek the Lord for all of our needs.

But we shouldn’t stop there.

What if instead of asking God to just do something for us, we prayed a dangerous, self-denying prayer of availability to our heavenly Father?

What if we prayed perhaps the most dangerous prayer of all?

“Send me, Lord. Use me.”

Isaiah prayed such a prayer of unreserved availability in the presence of God. The Old Testament prophet retells of his encounter with the Holy One when God asked, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” (Isa. 6:8a) And without knowing the details, without knowing when or where, Isaiah prayed this stunning, life-altering prayer: “Here I am. Send me!” (Isa. 6:8b).

Notice Isaiah didn’t ask for any details. He didn’t ask God where. Or when. Or what would happen. This is why this prayer can feel so dangerous. “God, send me. Use me. I’m not asking for details. I don’t need to know the benefits. Or if it will be easy. Or if I will enjoy it. Because of who you are—my God, my King, my Savior—I trust you. Because you are sovereign over the universe, I surrender my will to you, every part of me. Take my mind, my eyes, my mouth, my ears, my heart, my hands, and my feet and guide me toward your will. I trust you. God, my answer is yes. Now what’s the question?”

Imagine if you prayed this way. Are you sick of safe prayers? Are you tired of living for things that don’t matter? Do you despise half-hearted, lukewarm Christianity? Then pray the dangerous prayer.

Here I am, Lord.

Send me.

*LifeChurch.tv - Craig Groeschel
Ridge|Live

We have in-person worship at Brookstone Auditorium at 10:30 am. We still require masks and social distancing.

Ridge|Home

We will also worship online on our YouTube channel at 10:30 am.

YouTube Channel: Click Here

Whether you join us live or online, we can't wait to see you this Sunday!!
Mother's Day - Sunday, May 9th

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. - Isaiah 66:13

Prove your mom always liked you best by inviting her to our special Mother's Day service.

We have something super special planned for your mom!
Zoom Date Night Experience!

We could not be more excited about the all-new "Your Best Night In” digital date night experience!

Who: Married Couples

What: Have Serious Fun! Enjoy a date night of laughter, connection, inspiration, and encouragement. Games and PRIZES will be up for grabs!

When: Thursday evening, May 6th (after the kids are in bed)

Where: Online on the device of your choice

How: Registration is free! Find a place to be alone (as much as possible).

Registration link: Click Here

Graduates

We're so proud of all our graduates!
Please let us know if you have a senior that you would like to be recognized: nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.

We will recognize our high school graduates during the Sunday morning Mother's Day service on May 9th.
Current Series
Prayer - Grasping The Heart Of God

Why is praying so difficult at times?

How do we pray to a God that seems so far away?

What does it mean when the Apostle Paul says to pray "without ceasing?"

We have so many questions when it comes to prayer. This series is all about helping people learn to pray the type of prayers that will move the heart of God. Over three weeks, we'll explain why some prayers are ineffective, what it really means to trust God with what we ask for, and how to pray for the miracles that require a God-sized faith. 
Upcoming Series
Growth Track - Zoom Meetings
Open for those who have taken "Church 101" and "Essentials 201"

Discovery 301 (May 16th at 5pm): Each of us are a masterpiece, placed on this earth for a unique purpose. Join us as we learn more about our particular personality and gifts through a series of assessments. We’ll also learn how to use those gifts for God’s glory.

To watch last Sunday's message:
Healing Prayers

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV

Four Conditions For Healing/Restoration:

1. Be humble.  

Pray as though everything depended on God; act as though everything depended on you. – St. Ignatius

2. Ask God.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. – James 1:5, NLT

3. Seek His face.  

The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. – Psalm 14:2, NKJV

4. Turn my attention towards God.  

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. – Matthew 6:34, MSG

Study Guide:

1. Read James 1:17. We should open the day with gratitude. Share one thing you could thank God for every morning.

2. When you remember how good God really is, does that affect how often you pray?

3. Read Matthew 6:33. What are some of the “other things” you’re praying for? Do you believe it would help to put God’s kingdom first?

4. Read Matthew 6:13. What are some of the temptations you’re battling? Maybe take a minute to pray for God’s protection and provision.

5. How often do you ask for forgiveness? Can you remember a time when you carried guilt or resentment too long?  

6. What is one encouraging prayer you can say tonight before going to sleep?

Pray: God, please help us learn more of what it means to pray without ceasing. Help us pray for everything we need in life, realizing that you are the great provider. Jesus, give us the strength we need to ask for forgiveness and give forgiveness each day. And please help us to always remember to put You and Your will first. Amen.
God is capable of meeting every need you have.

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19


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Student Ministry This Week:
Youth resume meeting this Sunday night, April 25, at the church office Suite E from 5:30-7:30. Dinner will be Country's chicken fingers.

Breakfast Small Group meets from 7:00-7:30 a.m. on Thursdays
at the north Veterans Parkway Burger King.

Upcoming Sunday Schedule

May 2 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.
May 9 - No youth meeting in observance of Mother's Day
May 16 - Summer Kickoff on the lake - see below!
May 23 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.
May 30 - No youth meeting in observance of Memorial Day


Questions? - Contact Nathan at 706-464-7548 or nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.

SOULED OUT SUMMER, 2021 - Together
Souled Out is our biggest event of the year for students and it is back on this year! This year's dates are Monday, June 7 - Friday, June 11. Cost is $350 and scholarships are available to help with the cost! Steps will be taken to mitigate COVID-19 spread, and anyone unable to attend because of COVID-19 will receive a refund. 

Click HERE for details and to register online!
You'll also find the info packet HERE. It includes release forms, a packing list, more details and printable registration forms if you prefer to register on paper and pay via check or cash.
Parent and Student GroupMe

We have a student and a parent GroupMe account to help keep everyone up to date on what's going on in student ministry. GroupMe is a group texting app that's a great forum for staying connected and asking questions. It can be muted, so you won't get notifications constantly. If you or your student would like to be added, just text or email Nathan at 706-464-7548 and nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.
RidgeRunners
Children's Ministry


May Theme - Peace

UPDATE
We have transitioned back to placing students on carpets by grade in the elementary area rather than by family and pre-arranged friends. We will combine two of our carpets for each group to provide more spacing, and we will limit the number of kids in each group. Kids will still need to wear masks at this time.

Hi, Parents!
This spring we're offering both in-person and online RidgeRunners experiences. 

In-person
Infants through Toddlers and Pre-K through Elementary meet on opposite sides of the gym for the full 10:30 a.m. service. Check in at the hallway table just inside the Turner Auditorium doors. 

Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and sanitizing hands. Kids Pre-K and up must wear masks on their way to and from their carpets in the gym and while we are singing. They may remove their masks while on their carpets and not singing. If a child does not have a mask, we will provide them one at check-in.

Online
RidgeRunners will post a video on YouTube. Join us for a game, worship video with dance motions, and a great lesson! You can also watch at any time throughout the week after the livestream.

If you're looking for some more online options for children's programming check out:

*Rightnowmedia.org: This is a free video resource for our church. Check out the kids' section (VeggieTales, etc.) and watch with the family! Registration link: click here.

*Ridge resources for Sunday morning activities/lessons. Just in case you missed out this weekend: click here.


Car Talk:
*Who do you argue with the most and why?
*What does it mean to "Work it out?"

Memory Verse (learn it together):
 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, life at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18

We are excited to announce that Camp 4:12 is on for
Summer 2021.
June 20-24

We will hold camp on our traditional week beginning on Father's Day-- Sunday, June 20 through Thursday, June 24. 

Cost is $240 if deposit paid by April 30. With deposit paid after April 30, cost increases to $285. Initial deposit this year is $30 to reserve your spot. 

Camp 4:12 is open to rising 2nd - rising 6th graders.

We would love for you to be a part of this special week! You and your kids will love this awesome experience!

CLICK HERE to register!

We will be following the state of GA guidelines for camps during COVID-19. Those guidelines are updated twice per month and can be found on GA.gov under executive orders. If camp were to be held today, we would take the following steps. As guidelines are updated these steps may change, and we will update parents accordingly.

1. We will screen all campers and staff for signs of COVID-19 upon arrival and during the week. Screening will include temperature checks.
2. No one who has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 will be allowed to attend camp without a negative test and no symptoms present at least 48 hours before the start of camp.
2. Food servers will wear masks while serving kids in the cafeteria.
3. We will use the "pods" concept or groups of kids, so we limit the amount of contact kids have with others at camp. 
4. Parents will be required to remain in their vehicle during drop-off. (We hope to be able to lift this requirement by the time camp gets here.)
5. We will have a designated quarantine area for campers who show symptoms. If any camper does show symptoms of COVID-19, we will contact you immediately and make arrangements for you to pick up your child. Campers who leave because of symptoms must show proof of a negative test to return.
6. We will maintain distancing between cabins and groups throughout camp and especially when inside. 
7. We will practice frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
8. We will clean regularly including and especially bathrooms and the kitchen. 
9. Camp visitation will be limited to those volunteers who are necessary for running camp. 


Online Worship Experience
Sunday @ 10:30am

What is Ridge|Home?

This is church for everyone, everywhere. It’s gathering with your family wherever you live, with other people, in person, to watch The Ridge weekly services, connect with God through music, and have conversations. This can be done in a home or another available space around you. 

Want more information about Ridge|Home? Click Here.
Ridge|Home YouTube Channel:
Rose Hill Ministry:

The Ridge is in charge of feeding the homeless every second Tuesday of the month. All meals are served at Rose Hill Church on Hamilton Road.

Our next service date is May 12th.

Please email us if you would like more information: info@theridgecolumbus.com.

Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home:

Even though the dinners have been canceled due to COVID, we are still donating supplies.

We hope to begin dinners and Bible study again soon!


Easter 2021

Outrageous Claims: Click Here

Prayer - Grasping The Heart of God

Week #1: Do's and Don'ts
Week #3: Healing Prayers
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Ridge Office: 5624B Whitesville Rd., Columbus, GA 31904