Today, April 19th, Ridge Church turns 5 years old. Let’s pray and thank God for the last 5 years and look forward to the next 5 years.
We are ever so grateful for these 5 years as a body of believers who have gathered under your name. Thank for everyone you have sent to here, everyone who has served, given, and have trusted their hearts to you. This church is yours. We are thankful we just get to be part of it. Thank you for sending us to Oak Ridge and for preparing us to go beyond. You have been more than good to us. You have answered so many of our prayers and yet, there are many more that you have yet to answer but we trust that in your timing, all will be revealed.
Lord, increase our faith over the next 5 years. Increase our boldness, and increase our opportunities to take your Gospel even further into this city and beyond. Bring to us like-minded people, unbelievers, and disciple-makers. Let us hear your voice loudly and let us be bold in doing as you’ve stated to us.
Ephesians 3:20 has been our prayer and it will continue to be…to you who are able to do far more than we could ever ask or imagine….do more than we can imagine Lord!
Lord Jesus, I thank you and praise you for your death and resurrection. You became sin on my behalf so that I could become the righteousness of God. You defeated sin and death so that I can walk in freedom. And you have made it possible for me to walk in newness of life by being identified by baptism with your death and resurrection. Thank you Jesus.
I pray for our Easter services. I pray that your love shines brightly to all that encounter Your people at Ridge Church. May Your Spirit fill that place as we gather and may we be increasingly aware of Your presence. May we overflow with Your love, welcoming all that walk through our doors, and may our words and actions be seasoned with Your Spirit. I pray that we will be consumed with joy, awe and thankfulness for the sacrifice You made for us.
We praise thee, O God for the Son of Thy love
For Jesus who died and is now gone above
All glory and praise to the Lamb that was slain
Who hath borne all our sins and hath cleansed every stain
Revive us again, fill each heart with Thy love
May each soul be rekindled with fire from above
Hallelujah! Thine the glory
Hallelujah! Thine the glory
Revive us again
…let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29)
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before The Lord, our Maker! (Psalm 95:6)
Great and glorious Lord! Thank you for worship….for building into our hearts the desire to lift You up and make Your name and Your fame great for all the world to see. We confess that we often worship other gods, whether it is people or stuff or careers or whatever else catches our attention. Forgive our idolatry Lord and restore in us Your rightful place as the object of our affections.
Thank you Lord for the team of volunteers you have brought to Ridge Church to lead us corporately in worship. There are many talented musicians and artists among us and we praise you and thank you for the talents You have given each of them. Protect them from pride, God, as it can be so easy in our culture to idolize those with musical talents. I pray that each one’s relationship with You is growing and thriving as they seek You daily. May You lead us in worship through our worship team.
Thank you as well for those that work behind the scenes in the production areas of sound, lighting, and computers. As they serve You every week, use them to create an environment where we as a church can be ushered into Your amazing presence. Be glorified through these faithful volunteers, Lord!
Our prayer at the Ridge has always been that we would be more than a church in the city of Oak Ridge. We want to be a church that is for the city of Oak Ridge. We want to be a church that our community looks to for help, for resources, and for answers. The question that we always ask ourselves is this: “If we closed our doors today, would the city of Oak Ridge miss us?” We want that answer to be “yes!”
In the Old Testament, in response to Israel’s serial idolatry and wickedness, God sent them into exile. He allowed the nation of Babylon to conquer them and carry them off to a distant land to live as slaves. In the midst of this trial, God sent a message to them through a preacher named Jeremiah.
Here it is:
This is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God, to all the exiles I’ve taken from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and make yourselves at home. Put in gardens and eat what grows in that country. Marry and have children. Encourage your children to marry and have children so that you’ll thrive in that country and not waste away. Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare. Pray for Babylon’s well-being. If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you.”
You may be able to influence something from a distance, but you have to be close to have an impact. Some churches are so removed, so isolated from the culture that they have no hope of impact. We want to be different.
Today, let’s pray for Oak Ridge’s well-being. Let’s pray for our elected officials. Let’s pray for our emergency responders. Let’s pray for our educators and our civil servants. And while we’re at it, let’s pray for our neighbors. Pray that God would bless them and that He would open doors of opportunity for us to serve them. Pray that we would be sensitive to the needs all around us.
Mayor Tom Beehan
Mayor Pro Tem D. Jane Miller
City Council Members
Ann Garcia Garland
David N. Mosby
For those of you who want to go the extra mile today, send them a note and let them know you prayed for them today.
Choices Resource Center
According to research by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, one third of all births in the United States are unintended. The report also notes that rates are often higher in Southern states. The Alan Guttmacher Institute found that nearly four in 10 unintended pregnancies end in abortion. Further, it is estimated that at least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, at current rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30, and three in 10 by age 45.
For more than twenty years Choices Resource Center has provided support to men and women facing unplanned pregnancies and related sexual issues. Located in Oak Ridge, Choices is a Pro-life ministry offering a host of services including:
- Pregnancy tests and optional counseling in a confidential setting
- Accurate information and practical help for women with unplanned pregnancies
- Ultrasounds for women at risk for abortion through our medical clinic
- Limited STD testing for males and females
- A 24 hour helpline
- A sexual integrity program for youth
- Parenting classes (including material items such as diapers and car seats)
- A post-abortion ministry
Our parenting classes meet on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Topics vary from week to week, and Bible studies are also available.
All our services are free of charge and everyone is welcome. In addition to the services listed above, Choices strives to offer unconditional love, accurate information, and support to enable men and women to make life-affirming choices for themselves and their children.
There are a couple of ways that you can pray for Choices:
- Please pray that every woman or girl in our community who is contemplating abortion would find her way to our ministry. Also pray that we would courageously share the love of Christ with each of them, and that we would see unprecedented salvation of souls – and babies.
- Please pray that God would move in the hearts of men and women who will agree to walk alongside us as office volunteers. Volunteers are a critical part of our ministry and we can’t function effectively without them.
For more information or to get involved, visit our web site at choicesresource.com