LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Community Worship was held on Sunday, June 11, 2023, @ 10:30 a.m. at Ray Of Hope Church, Inc., in person and interactively on the Internet using Skype as we celebrated Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ. We also celebrated the second Sunday of Pride Month. To our LGBTQSIAN2ss+++ friends out there, we like to say: 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 in our leadership.
Download the Order of Worship with weekly announcements: RIGHT CLICK HERE. See the Facebook Live recording of the worship event: RIGHT CLICK HERE: https://fb.watch/l5VeBFF39x/. The sermon begins at 34:20. God has created us with all of our sexual orientations and all of our gender expressions.
Two terms are explained today: 1) The Doctrine of Real Presence, and 2) The Dogma of Transubstantiation. Realizing it has been about 40 years since most churches enjoyed crowded religious education classes for youth, we realize we have a special burden to educate in matters of Theology. Therefore, we aim to facilitate educating the LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Community in matters of religion, spirituality, and Theology. On our website, positions on the Eucharist, RIGHT CLICK HERE.
We are proud to be known as the "WOKE" Church of Elmira and Central NY. Currently, some States are "defunding D.E.I. (diversity, equity, and inclusion) programming" in schools and universities as a way to stop what they define as "wokeness." Ray Of Hope Church stands on Gospel principles that certainly include D.E.I. and 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. 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. 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 mentioned the book "Double Crossed" "Uncovering the Catholic Church's Betrayal of American Nuns" by Kenneth Briggs
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POSTLUDE: 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."
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