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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8/18/23
2:23 p.m.
LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Community Worship was held on Sunday, August 6, 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/mhi-9fvAjM/The sermon begins at 35:20 in the recording.

Scientific Discovery, Academic Knowledge, the Holy Scriptures, and Spirituality are Universal and Unified.  (Br. Benedict 8-6-23)

Today, August 6, we focused on UNIVERSAL SALVATION, as given in the readings.  Also in these readings is the subject of eunuchs.  JESUS WAS CORRECT when in Matthew 19:12, He said: "There are some who are born eunuchs."  In 2022 the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) agreed and added EUNUCH as a Gender in their Version 8 of Standards of Care, Chapter 9, page S88.  It took scientists 2000 years to catch up with Jesus!   Reading the Bible using a literal interpretation is the only way LGBT+++  people can answer the religious people attacking us.  There is no conflict between Scientific research and discovery.  Last Sunday, July 30, 2023, we discussed the recent acts of legislatures against LGBTQ+ living and what WISDOM the Bible provides our Community to answer the false claims.   

LGBTQSIAN2ss+ Community Worship was held on Sunday, August  6, 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.

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.)  

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."
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The Music in today's worship event included:

FIRST SONG: Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Give Thanks G&P 389 Contributors: Donald Fishel Text: Donald Fishel, b.1950, 1973, Word of God Music.  Tune: 1973, International Liturgy Publications Text: 1973, International Liturgy Publications.  Onelisence Song # 71342 Ritual Song 581 Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278

SECOND SONG: Joyful People, Come and Worship.  NTBK #33 Text: June Norris 1987; alt. with permission, Music Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824; adpt.  The Hymnal Project 1990 MCC San Francisco Used by permission Used with Print Permission and Streaming License A-741278.

SONG: Glorify Thy Name
Words and Music by Donna Adkins CCLI Song # 1383 1976, 1981 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)
Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) Used with permission through our Christian Copyright License Incorporated License Number 706121 and Christian Copyright License Incorporated Streaming Plus License 21787152.
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.

I Am The Bread Of Life.  Words and Music by Suzanne Toolan, RSM, b.1927 Contributors: Suzanne Toolan
Tune: 1966, 1970, 1986, 1993, GIA Publications, Inc. Text: Based on John 6 and 11; 1966, 1970, 1986, 1993, GIA Publications, Inc. Onelicense Song # 00044  Lead Me, Guide Me 2nd Edition 755 Used with permission.  Onlicense # 81048 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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