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Opening Song : Stronger
Welcome: Worship Leader
Worship Songs: Desert Song // What A Beautiful Name // Goodness Of God
Announcements // Offering
Message: "Bold Prayers"
The Rev. Jimmy McIlrath
(Current Series: Stronger)
Prayer and Dismissal

Devotional - "What Is Prayer?"

"Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me." - Isaiah 46:9, NLT

According to Dictionary.com, prayer is:

A devout petition to God or an object of worship.
A spiritual communion with God or an object of worship.
The act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.

When the word prayer comes to our minds, we probably have a picture of what that looks like. Maybe it’s a pastor of a church dressed in a white robe, standing up high behind a pulpit with his arms stretched out over his congregation. It could be a grandmother kneeling next to her bed, hands crossed, silently talking to God. Perhaps it’s a group of women holding hands in a circle in the fellowship hall of a church.

Regardless of your background, you probably have some prior experience with the concept of prayer. 

If we are honest, though, most of us almost cringe when we hear someone say anything about prayer. We might even feel like the writers of the Psalms who beg God to hear their cries and prayers, but wonder if He really will. The reasoning behind that negative thought process is probably because we don’t think we are doing it enough. So, when someone asks, “have you prayed about that?” or “how’s your prayer life?” we typically feel bombarded with discouragement. 

Billy Graham said, “prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.” Pretty simple, isn’t it? And yet we seem to make it such a complex act. So, let’s consider prayer as communication with God. Plain and simple. God, our Creator, meets us right where we are. We don’t have to fix ourselves or put on a happy face before we come to Him. We can come to Him when we need His peace, His guidance, and His hope when we feel no peace, are completely lost, and have little to no hope. No part of our messy life scares Him. Isn’t that a relief?

Prayer is simply:
*Getting to know God.
*Communicating our desires to God. 
*Listening to God speak.
*Voicing our need for God to help us. 
*Observing God in creation and praising Him.
*Sitting with God in our pain, and asking Him to comfort us.
*Expressing our gratitude by thanking God. 
*An ongoing conversation with God.

Our prayer lives should be less about a short segment in the morning to “start our day off right” and more about an ongoing, vibrant, open-ended conversation that we have throughout our day with our God—our Heavenly Father.

*Youversion
Current Message Series

Stressed? Worried? Anxious? Confused? Maybe all of the above? Does it seem like the world is closing in around you and you can’t get ahead? How do you find the strength you need when feeling overwhelmed? Join us for our new series to find out.
Student Ministry
This Sunday: STUMC - 5:30-7:30pm
Rhythm Week2: "All Your Heart"

Upcoming Sundays:
*Ultimate Frisbee at Lakebottom - September 15
*Sky Zone - September 22
*STUMC - September 29

High School Breakfast Groups (7:30am):
*Tuesdays - Wynnton Rd. Chick-fil-A
*Wednesdays - Northside (in Sr. cafeteria)
*Thursdays - Harris County (in K-1)
FYR is a Student Ministry retreat for 6th -12th graders at The Ridge & St. Mark and their friends.

DATES: October 11 at 5:00pm - October 13 at 5:00pm

LOCATION: Camp Lee, Anniston Alabama, 70 Camp Lee Main Raod. Phone: 256-238-8941

COST: $140 per student. 

Fall Youth Retreat is almost here! Meet new people. Grow spiritually. Get away. Climb a rock wall. Brave the canopy zip line. Challenge your friends at volleyball, octoball, basketball, and more. This weekend is going to be full of fun, packed with real and honest Biblical teaching, and covered in the presence of God's spirit. Do. not. miss. it!!

Camp will be located in the foothills of the Appalachians at Camp Lee in Anniston, AL. This year our main speaker will be Johnny Updike, a gifted student pastor and communicator with over 20 years of student ministry experience.

A promise to pay deposit of $70 is due by Sunday, September 22 with online registration. The balance is due before we leave for camp. Cost includes: Travel to and from camp, meals, accommodations, T-shirt, Bible study, speaker, worship band, and TONS OF FUN. Friends are welcome!

Scholarships are available upon request for any Ridge family/student.

Fall Journey Groups

Get ready! Fall registration gets underway THIS SUNDAY!

We are offering groups that meet weekly, hobby groups that meet quarterly, men's groups, women's groups and student groups. These groups will meet on different days of the week, in different areas of town, and at different times.

And the reason we want you to join one is simple. We really believe that we're better together. So don't miss out, "huddle up" and join a group this fall!

Registration link: c oming soon!
New Fall Study
A few of our Journey Groups will offer this new study in the fall.

If you've ever said the wrong thing or said the right thing the wrong way you know how quickly your big mouth can make a big mess. But it doesn't have to be that way.

This 6-session video study explores how your wiring affects what you say, how you listen, and how others hear you. After taking the 40-question assessment, you'll learn a simple framework that will instantly improve your communication. And you'll see how advice from the apostle Paul thousands of years ago may have held the secret all along.

Registration link: c oming soon!
Interested in playing some fall tennis?

Practice this Thursday evening at 6:00pm at Cooper Creek.

Match Schedule: September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. October 7th and 21st.
Saturday Socials
Next Event - Launch // September 28th

Looking for a chance to connect to our children's ministry? Saturday Socials are designed for just that! Our next event is scheduled for September 28th at Launch trampoline park . Be sure to check social media for times. Contact Allison Bowden for more details:   Click Here .
Ridge Women's Ministry Event
September 24th

Dinner at El Carrizo (Northend) at 5:30pm followed by the 7pm showing of "Downton Abbey." Contact Bethany Ailstock for more details:  Click Here .
New Series Starting Soon

Got questions? We have answers!

From dating and marriage to whether or not you can lose your salvation, this two-week series answers the most asked questions of our church.

If you would like to submit a question for this series, click here and let us know!
September 16th - 6:30pm

Want to learn more about The Ridge? There is so much we'd like to share with you! Join us for supper on Monday evening, September 16th, for some time of fellowship. Childcare and pizza provided!

Please register and we'll be in touch.

Registration link:  Click Here
This Fall!

Whether you’re looking for a new church or you’ve been coming for a while, growth track events are designed to kick start your spiritual growth by providing clear and simple principles that will challenge you to go farther and faster in your faith. These events happen each quarter and cover a wide range of topics.  Join us as we learn how to become a member, the basics of our Christian faith, how to discover your spiritual gifts and much more!  

Church 101  (September 22nd) :   This class is a basic introduction to our church family.  Join us as we explain who we are and what we believe.  We will answer questions about our unique mission and vision.  You will also have an opportunity to become a member of our church. Registration link:  click here .

Essentials 201  (October 6th) :  This class provides the tools necessary to help each believer become a spiritually mature disciple of Jesus Christ.  Join us as we learn principles and tips that will help you grow and connect with others at our church. Registration link:  click here .

Discovery 301  (October 20th) :  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. Registration link:  click here .
Sunday Fun Days At The Ridge!

No one has more fun on Sundays than our RidgeRunners! This fall, we have 8 weeks of exciting activities planned for your children during our worship gatherings. It's all happening on Sundays at 9:15 & 10:30am at Brookstone School.

Excitement begins this Sunday!

Sept. 8th – Donut Decorating Party (We’ll decorate some tasty treats)
Sept. 15th – Silly Sock Day (Wear your silliest pair of socks)
Sept. 22nd – Popsicle Party (Free popsicles for every child)
Sept. 29th – Hat and Sunglasses Day (Wear your favorite hat and/or shades)
Oct. 6th – Bubble Party (Bubble activities for every child)
Oct. 13th – Grandparent’s Sunday (Bring your grandparents to church with you!)
Oct. 20th – Mismatch Mania (Wear your most mismatched outfit)
Oct. 27th – Costume Party (Wear your Halloween costume to the Hootenanny)
Nov. 3rd – Pajama Party (Wear your favorite pajama outfit)
RidgeRunners
Theme - Courage

Hi, Parents!
One of the best things we can teach our kids is that God is always with them. When they know that, they can be brave enough to do what they should - even when they're afraid.

Car Talk :
*Tell me about a time when you were afraid and had to be brave.
*Is there something you're facing right now where you need to be brave?
*How can you show courage in that situation?

Memory Verse - Learn it TOGETHER :)
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Series: At The Movies

Series: Made For Mondays

Series: Stronger
Week #4: The Heat Is On

*For more series, check out The Ridge app: Click here.
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 NEXT WEEK , September 10th at 5pm.

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

 Did you know that God has gifted you to serve Him? Did you know that the church can't possibly live into its potential without your help?

Scripture says that just as each part of our body plays a specific role, the members of a church are vitally important. (1 Corinthians 12)

Are you willing to do "Whatever It Takes" to reach people for Jesus? If so, join one of our volunteer teams and help us reach more!

Registration link: Click here
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