Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Pride Activities, and Social Events Center of Elmira, NY.
The only Church in Central New York founded and fostered by the GLBTQSIA2ss+ community for 40 years. October 31, 2023 - 40th Anniversary now in our 41st year in Ministry.
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THE LGBTQSIANE2ss+ Community held Worship on Sunday, October 22, 2023, THIRD SUNDAY OF WAR BETWEEN HAMAS AND ISRAEL.

More Understanding And Clarity is provided in this video. ALL HUMAN LIFE IS OF EQUAL VALUE. RELIGION IS NULL AND VOID WHEN USED TO JUSTIFY TAKING THE LIFE OF ANOTHER PERSON or PEOPLE. We call on all leadership - local and International - of the "Three Abrahamic Religions": Judaism, Islam, and Christianity to cease from any Jihad, any Religious based acts of War, any Ethnic cleansing, any discrimination, any targeting of any people, to CEASE all action, immediately and seek a diplomatic solution. Ray Of Hope LGBTQSIANE2ss+ Church condemns all such acts, especially when carried out by Christians or Christian organizations through action or silent inaction. See this video to better understand why we are seeing WAR IN 32 + Countries in the World.

Download the Updated and Corrected Order of Worship with all the readings, prayers, and announcements here: http://www.rayofhopechurch.com/files/10-22-23%20corrected%20Hamas%20and%20Israel%203rd%20Sunday%20Year%20A%20-%20post%20service.pdf
The instruction about the War really begins with the Gospel Reading and continues. Go to the Gospel Acclamation here: 29:58

This is the direct link to this video: https://fb.watch/nYVQj8B-Te/

Extend your speakers to an external source sound system to enjoy the full range of sound fidelity with bass and high notes crystal clear. If you use an HDMI cord or a computer RGB cord out to your large-screen TV or to a large computer monitor you will have the full range of view too! I have also been told some newer equipment actually uses Bluetooth from the computer to the TV/screen.

This online presentation is covered by our Onelicense Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278, our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121, and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

To donate and assist with our expenses, use our secure PayPal link:  Donate to Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  You may also donate by sending your donation to Ray Of Hope Church, 380 W. 1st St. Elmira, NY 14901, with attention to the Treasurer.  We always say give what you can but never give your last.  Thank you, and God bless you.

We like to say to our LGBTQSIAN2ss+++ friends: We are the church made by YOU, for YOU, because we ARE YOU!  You are as welcome here as Christ Jesus Himself.  Today, you will find persons of every sexual orientation and every gender expression in our congregation and leadership.

Experience has taught us reading the Bible using a literal interpretation is the only way LGBT+++  people can answer the "religious people" attacking us.  At Ray Of Hope, we aim to educate the general public on Theology.  There is no conflict between Scientific research, discovery, and Theology. 

Ray Of Hope Church strongly supports Trans persons, Trans education, Trans medicine, and the professionals who assist Trans persons.  However, we are very critical of the attempts we see in the Church and the State that make things difficult for Trans people and any person of any sexual orientation or gender expression. 

We have to EDUCATE and ACTIVATE the young adult LGBTQSINAE2ss+ Electorate!  This is an Electorate Emergency.  This is not a drill!  (Br. Benedict 8-6-23)

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There is a great website that tracks how many countries are at war: https://wisevoter.com/country-rankings/countries-currently-at-war/

***WOKE*** Conservatives have taken over the expression "woke" popularized by African-American young men.  African-Americans used the word to mean staying awake and alert, to have been "woke" up and paying attention to the cultural and religious movements of the past, present, and potential futures.  The Ray Of Hope Church Statement of Purpose calls us to stay "woke" at all times, paying attention to the world of religion, politics, and society.

We did not start a new kind of Christianity.  Ray Of Hope Church teaches the same Christian faith of ancient ecumenical consensus.  St. Vincent of Lerins, a fifth-century monk and theologian, described it as "what has been believed always, everywhere, and by all."

The Music in today's worship event included:

FIRST SONG: Hosea. Contributors: Gregory Norbet, Weston Priory
Tune: Text: Based on Hosea. Text and music, Gregory Norbet, OSB, 1972,  The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont, Inc. All rights reserved.  Used with permission. Onelicense # 81048 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.

SECOND SONG: You Are Near Words and Music: Dan Schutte. Text based on Psalm 139. Text and music 1971, OCP. All rights reserved. Glory and Praise Second Edition #619. Onelicense Song # 80528. Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.

OFFERTORY SONG Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless Text: CM; verses1, 2, James Montgomery, 17711854; verses 3, 4, anon. Music: John B. Dykes, 18231876. Glory and Praise Second Edition #501. Onlicense Song #2484164. Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.

SONG: REMEMBER ME. Words and Music by Gerrit Gustafson and Martin J. Nystrom 1991 Integrity's Hosanna! Music. c/o Integrity Music, Inc., P.O. Box 16813, Mobile, AL, 36695. All rights reserved.  International copyright secured. CCLI Song # 451177 Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License  Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

Alleluia composed by Jerry Sinclair 1972 Manna Music, Inc. (Admin. by Gaither Copyright Management).  CCLI Song #16811.  All rights reserved.  International copyright secured.  Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

CLOSING SONG: COME TO ME Text and Music Weston Priory and Gregory Norbet. Tune: Text based on Matthew 11:2830; Psalm 23. Original text and music: Gregory Norbet, OSB; 1971, 1994 (revised text), The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Onelicense Song # 81269 Used with Print Permission and Streaming
License A-741278.

Two political/religious movements are having a dynamic impact on Politics shaping and reshaping our civil life in the United States.  LGBTQS++ people must take the time to understand Christian Reconstructionism (Source:  https://www.thearda.com/us-religion/history/timelines/entry?etype=3&eid=27 Christian Reconstructionism - Timeline Movement) and the Religious Right, the "new Christian right, " including the "Moral Majority became the most prominent organization in the religious right soon after Jerry Falwell founded it in 1979.  Targeting the Republican base, the organization mobilized voters to elect politicians who would defend their values: supporting prayers and creationism in schools, as well as opposing abortion, pornography, obscenity and other perceived threats to the family.

Though the Moral Majority declined by the late 1980s, the religious right remains active fighting against same-sex marriage and abortion.  " source: (https://www.thearda.com/us-religion/history/timelines/entry?etype=3&eid=17 Religious Right - Timeline Movement)

We must educate ourselves about this movement so we may begin to answer the religious and political activists who are convincing others to join their efforts to roll back our rights with more than our feelings. 

(source: The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion.  Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion.)  

We are proud to be known as the "WOKE" Church of Elmira and Central NY. 
Ray Of Hope remains committed to all of the Civil Rights afforded to all people in the United  States of America.  At Ray Of Hope Church, you are not required to believe any of what you are hearing.  Your faith and what you decide to believe is your responsibility.  Ray Of Hope Church will teach the Historic Christian Doctrine; that is what the Statement Of Purpose says.