LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Community Worship was held on Sunday, June 4, 2023, @ 10:30 a.m. at Ray Of Hope Church, Inc., in person and interactively on the Internet using Skype as we celebrated The Twentieth Anniversary of the opening of the Elmira Chapel to the public on June 1, 2003. We also celebrated the first Sunday of Pride Month, and Holy Trinity Sunday.
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.
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.
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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.
FIRST SONG: Holy, Holy, Holy G&P #414 Text: 11 12 12 10; Reginald Heber, 1783-1826, alt. Music: John B. Dykes, 1823-1876. All rights reserved. Onelicense song #83991 OCP Octavo/Bonus Music. Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.
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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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