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 39 years. October 31, 2022 - 39th Anniversary now in our 40th year in Ministry.
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6/6/23
2:41 p.m.
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.

There is a great website that tracks how many countries are at war: https://wisevoter.com/country-rankings/countries-currently-at-war/
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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The Music in today's worship event included:Music Prelude played by Ed Askins.  "Lord, Be Glorified "  Words and Music by Bob Kilpatrick.  1978 The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) CCLI Song # 26368.  Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

FIRST SONG: Once We Were Not A People.  Music: Aurelia, Samuel Wesley, Text: J. Thomas.  Sopko 1987 Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

SECOND SONG: "Holy Ground" words and music by Geron Davis.  1983 Meadowgreen Music Company (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Songchannel Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
NTBK #12 CCLI Song # 21198 Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

SONG:  "I Sing Praises"  Words and Terry MacAlmon.  1989 Integrity's Hosanna!  Music (Admin. by Integrity Music) CCLI Song # 17061.  Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.

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.

Last Song:  Gift of Finest Wheat, words Omer Westendorf, music Robert E. Kreutz.  You satisfy the hungry heart... Text: Omer Westendorf, 1916-1998, Tune: BICENTENNIAL, CM with refrain, Robert E. Kreutz, 1922-1996 1977, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Ritual Song #912.  Onelicense Song #85925.  Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.

   
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."
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.



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