LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Community Worship was held on Sunday, August 27, 2023, @ 10:30 a.m. at Ray Of Hope Church, Inc., in person and interactively on the Internet using Skype. We celebrated the 60th Anniversary of The March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom. We highlighted the Gay man, Bayard Rustin, who organized the March for Dr. King. We also presented part one of Angels. We selected readings for the topic. LGBTQSIANE2ss+ Community Worship was held on Sunday, August 27, 2023, @ 10:30 a.m. at Ray Of Hope Church, Inc., in person and interactively on the Internet using Skype. 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/mPjuCf80LG/. The tribute to Bayard Rustin begins at 0:06:29. The Sermon starts at 41:00. The Special Series: Angels, Part One begins at 0:50:50.
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.
Experience has taught us reading the Bible using a literal interpretation is the only way LGBT+++ people can answer the "religious people" attacking us. At Ray Of Hope, we aim to educate the general public on Theology. There is no conflict between Scientific research, discovery, and Theology.
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 have to EDUCATE and ACTIVATE the young adult LGBTQSINAE2ss+ Electorate! This is an Electorate Emergency. This is not a drill! (Br. Benedict 8-6-23)
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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.
FIRST SONG: We Shall Overcome G&P 556 Text and Music: Traditional Glory and Praise 2nd Edition 556 Used with permission. Onelicense song # 88613. Onelicense # 81048 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278
CLOSING SONG: Lord of All Hopefulness. Text: 10 11 11 12; 'Lord of all hopefulness' by Jan Struther, 1901-1953; fr. Enlarged Songs of Praise, 1931. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Music: Trad. Irish melody; adapt. fr. The Church Hymnary, 1927.Used with permission. Onelicense # 80443 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278
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.
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.
(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.)
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.