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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5/9/23
5:18 p.m.
Worship was held on Sunday, May 7, 2023 @ 10:30 a.m. in person and interactively here on the Internet using Skype.   Download the Order of Worship with weekly announcements: RIGHT CLICK HERE.  See the Facebook post of the recording of the worship, RIGHT CLICK HERE.


The Sermon begins at 34:21 on the recording.   The first reading is the institution of Deacons in the early church.  Ray Of Hope welcomes the ministry of Deacon and invites people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions into this ministry.  The second reading declares that we are the priesthood of Jesus and as such a holy people.  Christ invites all of us to the depth of these ministries.  The Gospel is the promise that Christ will return to take all who have died in faith to Himself.  See the notes on this return here:http://www.rayofhopechurch.com/files/Blessed%20Hope%20The%20Rapture.pdf

There is a great website that tracks how many countries are at war: https://wisevoter.com/country.../countries-currently-at-war/ .  Listen to the sermon for answers to these matters and more.


Ray Of Hope Church strongly supports Trans persons, Trans education, Trans medicine, and the professionals who assist Trans persons.   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. 
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The Music in today's worship event included:
Music Prelude played by Ed Askins.  "Sanctuary"  Words and Music by John W. Thompson, Randy Scrutts.  1982  Full Armor Publishing Company (Admin. by Peermusic III, Ltd.)  Whole Armor Publishing Company (Admin. by Peermusic III, Ltd.)  CCLI Song # 24140.  Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.
"Shepherd Of Souls, Refresh and Bless" G&P 501 Text: CM; verses 1, 2, James Montgomery, 1771-1854; verses 3, 4, anon. Music: John B. Dykes, 1823-1876.   Onelicense Song # 84164  Glory and Praise 2nd Edition 501 Used with permission.  Onlicense # 81048 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278  Performed by Rev. Clyde McLennan.  As from October, 2015, I, Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, have assigned my performer rights in this collection to Hymnary.org. Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted.


SECOND SONG: Priestly People  Words and Music by Lucien Deiss.  1965, World Library Publications. Onelicense Song # 50369  Word &Song 2021 647 Used with permission.  Onlicense # 81048 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278


SPECIAL MUSIC Sung by Mrs. Christina McLaughlin: "Shepherd Of My Heart" Words and Music by Mark Baldwin and Dick Tunney, 1985 Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) Pamela Kay Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing). CCLI Song # 14679 Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

Give thanks   Words and Music Henry Smith  1978 Integrity's Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Integrity Music) CCLI Song # 20285 Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.


"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.

Walking Up The King's Highway Words and Music Mary E. Gardner | Thomas A. Dorsey Words: 1940. Renewed 1967 Unichappell Music, Inc. (Admin. by CURB | Word Music Publishing) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (Admin. by CURB | Word Music Publishing) Music: 1940. Renewed 1967 Unichappell Music, Inc. (Admin. by CURB | Word Music Publishing) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (Admin. by CURB | Word Music Publishing)   CCLI Song # 78385 Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation WESTMINSTER ABBEY  Text: 87 87 87; Angularis fundamentum, 11th cent., tr. by John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt. Music: Henry Purcell, 1659-1695. OCP Octavo/Bonus Music 747  Onelicense Song # 84081 Used with permission.  Onlicense # 81048 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.  Performed by Rev. Clyde McLennan.  As from October, 2015, I, Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, have assigned my performer rights in this collection to Hymnary.org. Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted.


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***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."


To our LGBTQSIA2ss+++ friends out there, we like to say: We are the church made by you, and 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 in our leadership.


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