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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8/2/23
5:07 p.m.
LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Community Worship was held on Sunday, July 30, 2023, @ 10:30 a.m. at Ray Of Hope Church, Inc., in person and interactively on the Internet using Skype.

Last Sunday, July 23, 2023, we discussed how the climate crisis, weather, fires, and the increasing danger of exposure to the sun's light are in Bible prophecy.  During the final years before Christ returns, Planet Earth will become so hot, and the air along with it, that it will be nearly impossible to go outdoors.  We looked into prophecy again today, July 30, 2023. More importantly, we discussed the recent acts of legislatures against LGBTQ+ living and what WISDOM the Bible provides our Community to answer the false claims.

Two political/religious movements are having a dynamic impact on Politics shaping and reshaping our civil life in the United States.  LGBTQS++ people must take the time to understand Christian Reconstructionism (Source:  https://www.thearda.com/us-religion/history/timelines/entry?etype=3&eid=27 Christian Reconstructionism - Timeline Movement
) and the Religious Right, the "new Christian right, " including the "Moral Majority became the most prominent organization in the religious right soon after Jerry Falwell founded it in 1979.  Targeting the Republican base, the organization mobilized voters to elect politicians who would defend their values: supporting prayers and creationism in schools, as well as opposing abortion, pornography, obscenity and other perceived threats to the family.

Though the Moral Majority declined by the late 1980s, the religious right remains active fighting against same-sex marriage and abortion.  " source: (https://www.thearda.com/us-religion/history/timelines/entry?etype=3&eid=17 Religious Right - Timeline Movement)
We must educate ourselves about this movement so we may begin to answer the religious and political activists who are convincing others to join their efforts to roll back our rights with more than our feelings.  We covered this topic and others in the sermon today.  See page 23 of the Order of Worship associated with this video.
(source: The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion.  Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion.)  

LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Community Worship was held on Sunday, July 30, 2023, @ 10:30 a.m. at Ray Of Hope Church, Inc., in person and interactively on the Internet using Skype.  We like to say to our LGBTQSIAN2ss+++ friends: 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 leadership.
Download the Order of Worship with weekly announcements: RIGHT CLICK HERE: http://www.rayofhopechurch.com/files/7-30-23%20SUNDAY%20corrected%20Pentecost%20Wk%2010%20Year%20A%20lectionary%20109.pdf .  See the Facebook Live recording of the worship event: RIGHT CLICK HERE: https://fb.watch/m6QJmvFXrM/



We are proud to be known as the "WOKE" Church of Elmira and Central NY. 
Ray Of Hope 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. 
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. 
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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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The Music in today's worship event included:

Music Prelude played by Ed Askins.  "There's Something About That Name" Words and Music by Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither CCLI Song # 14064 1970 William J. Gaither, Inc. (Admin. by Gaither Copyright Management)  Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152. 

FIRST SONG: For You Are My God.  Text and Music by John B. Foley, S.J. 1970, John B. Foley, S.J.  Text based on Psalm 16.  Published by OCP Octavo/Bonus Music.  All rights reserved.  Onelicense song #81275 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.

SECOND SONG: We Are Called.  Words and Music by David Haas.  Tune: 1988, GIA Publications, Inc. Text: 1988, GIA Publications, Inc.   Evangelical Lutheran Worship 720 Onelicense Song #00174 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace (Prayer Of St. Francis)
Text: Based on the prayer traditionally ascribed to St. Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226, Sebastian Temple, and music by Sebastian Temple.  Dedicated to Mrs. Frances Tracy. 1967, 1990 OCP Publications.  Onelicense Song #80478 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.

Walking Up The King's Highway  Words and Music Mary E. Gardner | Thomas A. Dorsey
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.


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