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
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.