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Order Of Worship


*Opening Worship

Won't Stop Now


*Worship Songs

Raise A Hallelujah // Available // New Wine

*Message: Who Is A God Seeker?

Series: God of Miracles

The Rev. Earl Nichols

*Closing Announcements

A New Hope

So in Cana of Galilee Jesus did his first miracle. There he showed his glory, and his followers believed in him.”

—John 2:11 (NCV)

Shortly after Jesus began His earthly ministry, He attended a wedding in Cana with His mother and His disciples. It was customary to offer wine at most festivities, especially weddings. As the event went on, the wine supply came to an end. Apparently, this was uncommon and would even cause the host embarrassment. 

Jesus’s mother came to Him to let Him know the wine was gone. Maybe Mary was a “fixer” and wanted to solve a problem, or maybe she was fully confident that her son would have a solution. He responded to her that His time “had not yet come.” But even though He said that, He still did something about the wine shortage. 

Jesus told the servants to fill the nearby jars full of water. There were six of them and each held 20 to 30 gallons. In the Jewish culture, these jars were used in a washing ceremony, and when they washed, they’d be cleansed spiritually. 

Once the jars were full, Jesus told the servants to give some water to the master of the ceremony. They scooped it out to take to the master, but instead of tasting water, he tasted wine. And not just any wine—really good wine. He was blown away by this gesture, as it was completely acceptable that the best wine was used at the beginning of the celebration, leaving the cheaper wine for later. This was the first miracle that Jesus performed. It showed His power and the glory of God, and many people came to believe in Him.

Today’s Takeaway: God’s Abundance

The amount of water that Jesus turned into wine was anywhere from 120 to 180 gallons, depending on the size of the jar. Today, that would equate to 590 to 880 regular bottles of wine. We don’t know how long into the celebration they were, but to make this much water into wine and for it to be such a high quality just shows the heart of our God. 

He’s an abundant God, providing more than we need. He lavishes us with His love, provision, and grace. What God gives to us can’t be measured. His resources are unlimited, His love is unconditional, and His grace is unbounded. 

Whatever it is we lean on to make us feel better about ourselves or use to “cleanse” our consciences is no longer necessary because of the unlimited, unconditional, and unbounded love of our good God. This incredible unleashing of grace and mercy from God is more than enough to cover our past, present, and future sins. May we always remember that with our God comes an abundance of everything we need.

*The Miracles of Jesus - YouVersion

We Believe In 2023!

Jesus answered ... "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God. Believe in me also." - John 13:38-14:1, NIRV

In order to be good stewards of our resources, The Ridge will be emailing the 2022 giving statements.

Please email us if you would rather have one mailed to your address: clay@theridgecolumbus.com.

Thank you for all the ways you continue to support the ministries of The Ridge United Methodist Church. 

Group Leaders Wanted!

We're looking forward to a great new semester.

If you're interested in starting a group, please let us know: info@theridgecolumbus.com.

Journey Groups are less about what you do and more about who you do it with. We believe that real life change and growth happens in groups. While you can't do life with everyone, Journey Groups create a space where you can do life with others.

Deadline extended! There's still time to join Pastor Jimmy McIlrath for 8 days in The Holy Land. Organized by Maranatha Tours, the trip will feature all the major sites: the Sea of Galilee, Mount of Olives, Jordan River, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and more.

For more information: click here.

Registration: Click Here.

Youth Winter Ski Retreat, February 17-20, 2023 at Winterplace Ski Resort in West Virginia! 

Scholarships are available to all Ridge students to help offset the cost. 

Click HERE for more details and to register!

Blood Drive

Big thanks to everyone who helped us EXCEED our goal! Your giving impacted 108 lives.

What a great way to start the year!

The Ridge Church

Message: I Believe in 2023!

Video Link: Click Here

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God. Believe in me also. – John 14:1, NIrV

Preparing For a Miracle:

1. Admit you have a need. (James 4:2)

2. Assess what you have. (John 6:6)

3. I give God what I have. (Mark 6:41)

4. I believe God can multiply it. (Mark 6:43)

Clement Care

Clement Care is a partnership between Clement Arts, Live the Promise, and local churches who seek to establish foster care ministries within their congregations. They carry out this mission by equipping churches to support local foster & adoptive families and biological families in crisis. By training churches on how to create and lead successful Family Advocacy Ministries (FAMs), they work toward seeing every child in a safe and loving family, forever.

Please email us and let us know if you are interested in learning more about being involved in this ministry: dawn@theridgecolumbus.com.

Rose Hill Ministry

Our team meets on the second Tuesday of each month to serve the less fortunate in the Rose Hill area. It is a great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ.

For more info: info@theridgecolumbus.com.

Monthly Dinners

Our next dinner will be scheduled in the New Year.

If you would like to be notified about when and where to meet us, send us an email and let us know. We'd love to have you!

Email: info@theridgecolumbus.com

Thank you for the support. If you'd like to give, click here.
Sunday Serve Teams
The church doesn't function without everyone getting involved and making it happen. Have you been thinking of volunteering? Now’s the perfect time to start!!

If you aren't on a serving team but would like to register: click here.
- Ridge Youth -

Sunday Night Youth

Sunday, January 15 – MLK Day (No Meeting)

Sunday, January 22 – 5:30-7:30pm at the Church Office

Sunday, January 29 – 5:30-7:00pm at Guadalajara Mex. Restaurant

Sunday, February 5 – 5:30-7:30pm at the Church Office

Sunday, February 12 – 5:30-7:30pm at the Church Office

Sunday, February 19 – Ski Retreat at Winterplace, WV

Middle School Small Group

Sunday, January 15 – 10:50ish-11:30am in the Green Room

Sunday, January 22 – 10:50ish-11:30am in the Green Room

Sunday, January 29 – 10:50ish-11:30am in the Green Room

Sunday, February 5 – 10:50ish-11:30am in the Green Room

Sunday, February 12 – 10:50ish-11:30am in the Green Room

Sunday, February 19 – No Meeting - Students can help with RR

Breakfast Devotion

Wednesday, January 18 – 6:50-7:30am at Bradley Park Chick-fil-A

Wednesday, January 25 – 6:50-7:30am at Bradley Park Chick-fil-A

Wednesday, February 1 – 6:50-7:30am at Bradley Park Chick-fil-A

Wednesday, February 8 – 6:50-7:30am at Bradley Park Chick-fil-A

Wednesday, February 15 – 6:50-7:30am at Bradley Park Chick-fil-A

Wednesday, February 22 – 6:50-7:30am at Bradley Park Chick-fil-A

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

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.
Children's Ministry

January Theme - Wisdom

This January at RidgeRunners, our theme is "Wisdom," based on Proverbs 2:6 (NIV): “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth 

come knowledge and understanding.” 


Hi, Parents!

We've re-opened our Pre-K room on the Turner Auditorium main hallway. Children who are potty-trained through Pre-K5 should be dropped off in the upstairs hallway. Look for the banner outside their room. Infants through Toddlers will remain in the last classroom on the right in separate areas of the room. Kindergarten through Elementary will continue to meet in the gym. Check in at the hallway table just inside the Turner Auditorium doors. 


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.

Car Talk:

*What are some ways we can grow in wisdom? (READ God's word, PRAY to God, ASK someone who follows Jesus)

*What is something you can do to help you think before you speak?

*When was a time someone helped you make a wise choice?

*What is something you learned that God says in the Bible about wisdom?

Memory Verse (learn it together):

Proverbs 2:6 (NIV):

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth 

come knowledge and understanding.”

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