Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The LGBTQISA2ss+ Pride Activities, and Social Events Center of Elmira, NY.
The only Church in Central New York founded and fostered by the GLBTQSIA2ss+ community for 39 years. October 31, 2022 - 39th Anniversary now in our 40th year in Ministry.
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Worship was held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at Ray Of Hope Church @ 10:30 a.m. in person and interactively on the Internet using Skype.  We celebrated the third Sunday of Lent and the second Sunday of Women's History Month.  Download the Order of Worship with weekly announcements: RIGHT CLICK HERE.    See the Facebook Live recording of the worship event: RIGHT CLICK HERE.

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There are three points to start with. 1) We come to worship to pray. Each person is an equal and active partner in every aspect of the worship event. Worship is not a spectator’s event to hear some good music and listen to a good message. The definition of the word liturgy is the prayer-work of the people. The people lead, serve, organize, and facilitate every aspect of our time together. 2) We are celebrating the second Sunday of Women’s History. We looked at the Government’s Women’s History website: (https://womenshistorymonth.gov/ )  We discussed the magazine: “Women’s History, National Women’s History Alliance | 2023.” (https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/  ) (download the Women’s History magazine here: (https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/NWHA-Magazine-2023b.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0xMhcJjyurT8AGC2ijRXztH2kCmrf-3ay2evIQfm5IN24Df6_KouU-cRU)  “For indigenous people in the United States story telling was outlawed in the 1880’s by the Code of Indian Offenses.”  page 5 Story: The Importance of Knowing the Stories of Women’s Lives ., NWHA-Magazine.   We also found out about the “Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project” on page 5.  We also connected to two articles from the Center for Human Rights   Iran: Scores Blinded as Security Forces Aim Guns at Protesters’ Eyes (https://iranhumanrights.org/2023/02/iran-scores-blinded-as-security-forces-aim-guns-at-protesters-eyes/?fbclid=IwAR1Oleo8OX4J__Nh5IeCSRt0LNDyYDU0AfbGU_RUV7ISl6NIIYyYy-YKa_s )  Teachers Across Iran Protest Government’s Inaction on School Gas Attacks  (https://iranhumanrights.org/2023/03/teachers-across-iran-protest-governments-inaction-on-school-gas-attacks/?fbclid=IwAR3pc9ECxacbb7Th4HUpUdqJ0IZ0_yEKMPFPd4ywYb0z8gkp_btHG_lXn3g )
3) From the readings today we discussed the striking of the rock by Moses when God gave flowing water.  In 1 Corinthians 10:4, Paul indicates Jesus was the rock.  We recalled Jesus saying he had to leave so that the Holy Spirit could come.  How did Jesus leave?  Through the crucifixion.  Here we see Jesus the rock being struck by the crucifixion and thus giving us the flow eternal waters of the Holy Spirit.  There is much more in the sermon on this topic.