Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. is a congregation with a rich worship tradition
that continues to grow and develop as the Holy Spirit leads.Section 8 of our Bylaws gives a good overview
of our worship tradition. Click
here to read that information.On this
page we shall review some of the information we use to explain our worship.
Holy Communion / The Blessed Sacrament
/ The Lord's Supper / The Holy Eucharist
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WHO SHOULD RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION, THE
EUCHARIST, AT RAY OF HOPE CHURCH?
is invited to receive Holy Communion, also known as The Eucharist, The Lord's
Table, or The Blessed Sacrament at Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
It is not
required that you be a member of this church or any other church, to receive
Holy Communion at / or with Ray Of Hope Church.
Communion is the Table of Jesus Christ, who is really present among us.Jesus invites you to receive Him in this
Eucharistic banquet. If this is your
first time receiving The Blessed Sacrament, let us know before you receive or
right after, so we might pray a special prayer of thanksgiving with you.
through the centuries many institutional churches have established rules,
teachings, and practices that would exclude people from Holy Communion.There has been an almost endless list of
reasons to exclude people from the Blessed Sacrament.Yet, together, during the worship service, we
recite the very words of Jesus, the Words of Institution, "This is my
body.This is my blood," and we rehear
Christ present with us saying: "Take this, all of you and eat; Take this all of
you and drink" of this gift.
I have thought
about this extensively and have decided to take these words "Take this, all of
you.."as a command to the church to
give, and bring, the Eucharistic Gift to everyone who will receive.This approach also requires us to teach
people about this gift.I have stated in
other places, it is
uniquely and deliberately the work of Christ in His Church to offer the necessary education,
guidance, and practices that help people live a life centered and purposed on
finding and sharing the Will of God.The Lord's Table is central in that life.
belongs to the Church.The Blessed
Sacrament is Christ in us, through us, and with us; made known in the breaking
of the Bread of Life and drinking of the Cup of Salvation.We are to take this gift to the whole
We begin by inviting
those who are on the fringe of society, those who have been pushed aside, those
who are poor, who are not accepted, who are sick, who need God's help in
special ways.We welcome and bring the
Eucharist to everyone who has been told they cannot receive it by other
Denominations.In conclusion, to all
persons who have ever been told "no you cannot" go to Communion in any other
church, hear us, "yes you can" at Ray Of Hope.All are welcome.Or as we like to
say as one of our mottos, when we quote Fr. Bartholomew J. O'Brien; "You are as welcome here as Christ Himself."
Come to the Table
of the Lord.There is a place set for
the Pastoral Report given at the Annual Meeting 34 on January 28, 2018 by
Pastor Br. Shawn F. Benedict, updated 3-6-21)
See here the Holy Communion Table set at the Elmira All City World Communion Sunday worship event October 6, 2013.
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