The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. October 31, 2018 was the 35th Anniversary in our 36th year in Ministry.
The Rites/Sacraments/Ordinances/Rituals of Ray Of Hope Church are performed by
the licensed clergy of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ and those
they authorize. Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches
Rites/Sacraments/Ordinances/Rituals do not confer Salvation or Grace. Rather,
they express or give witness to the work of Christ in a person's life. Persons
are encouraged to renew or reaffirm any Rite/Sacrament/Ordinance/Ritual that
they may have celebrated in another dogmatic tradition. The following
liturgical procedures are performed as outlined in the Policy Manual of the
Vocational Ministry Program of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ (the
Baptism in/with water as recorded in the Scriptures, shall be a sign of the
dedication of each life in Christ Jesus and God's service and shall be
witnessed by Christ's Church.
8.03 Holy Communion.
Holy Communion is the partaking of blessed bread and fruit of the vine in
accordance with the words of Jesus, our Sovereign: "this is my body...this
is my blood." (Matthew 26:26-28). All who believe, confess and repent and
seek God's love through Christ, after examining their consciences, may freely
participate in the communal meal, signifying their desire to be received into community
with Jesus the Christ, to be saved by His sacrifice, to participate in His
resurrection, and to commit their lives anew to the service of Christ
A Christian may become a Member of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ
after completing classes for instruction in the beliefs and doctrines of the
Church. Membership shall be publicly celebrated before a local congregation at
any regular worship service.
8.05 Affirmation of Faith.
Affirmation of Faith is a public declaration of renewed faith.
8.06 Christian Salvation/Altar Call/Being Saved.
Christian Salvation/Altar Call/Being Saved is a public declaration that one believes
in God and has accepted the salvation offered by the Gospel of Jesus, the
Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God.See John 5:24. (Amended September 18, 2011.) (this By-law used to read: “..
a public declaration that one personally accepts Jesus Christ as personal Lord
8.07 Altar Call/Prayer Time/Come Forward For Prayer
This call for personal and group prayer may be made at any worship service.
Some will use it for Salvation Prayer, others for healing, confession, renewal,
8.08 Profession of Faith.
The profession of faith is the declaration of the Ray Of Hope Church Of Our
Lord Jesus Christ Statement of Faith.
Ordination is the setting apart of duly qualified persons for the professional
ministry of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
8.10 Installation/Affirmation of Appointed Clergy.
Installation/affirmation of Appointed Clergy is a local celebration of
appointment of a clergyperson of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ to
a particular Extension or other Authorized Ministry.
8.11 Vows To Religious Life.
Taking vows to religious life is a public celebration of a Christian's
religious Vows recognizing his or her commitment to serve the Body Of Christ in
authorized service as a "Sister" or "Brother" or
"Monk" or "Nun" or "Missionary" or other
designations as determined by various traditions of professed religious workers
of the various Christian denominations. All charisms of the various Christian
religious orders, societies, apostolic societies, ministry service societies,
fraternities, sororities, missionary societies, ministries, etc. of any
denomination are welcome at Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
8.12 Exorcism/Cleansing/Discernment of Spirits.
Exorcism/Cleansing/Discernment of Spirits is the offering of prayers to the
Holy Spirit to assist a Christian's petition that a person be cleansed of all
8.13 Funeral/Memorial Service/Service Of Resurrection.
A funeral, memorial service, or service of the resurrection is a celebration of
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the family of a deceased
8.14 Laying On Of Hands/Anointing With Oil.
Laying on of hands/anointing with oil may include prayer for the healing of the
sick in mind, body or spirit.
8.15 Forgiveness/Confession/The Ministry of Reconciliation.
Private celebration of the forgiveness/confession/reconciliation is available
upon request. The celebration may be in an "open format" or
face-to-face visiting and prayer setting, or it may be in a "enclosed
format" where the identity of the person making the act of confession and
repentance is not known to the Clergyperson. There may also be special
worship services for the ministry of Reconciliation.
Blessing may be conducted for persons, things and relationships, when deemed by
the Appointed Pastor to be appropriate.
8.17 Celebration Of Christ’s Work of Holy Union/(and) Holy Matrimony.
Holy Union/Holy Matrimony is the fitting and proper celebration of Christ's
work of joining two persons in life-long holy vows to each other. The Church
may witness these vows and confer a blessing in the Name Of Jesus after both
persons have been counseled and apprised of their responsibilities one toward
the other, the Church, and Christ.
8.18 Reaffirmation or Renewal of Holy Union/Holy Matrimony Vows.
Reaffirmation or renewal of holy union/holy matrimony vows is a public
profession of renewal and rededication of a couple's love in Christ and may be
performed upon the request of the couple upon appraisal and reminder to them of
their responsibilities to each other, the Church, and Christ.
8.19 Dissolution of Holy Union and Holy Matrimony.
The recognition of the dissolution of a Holy Union or Holy Matrimony may be
requested after all legal obligations for separation and divorce have been met,
upon the request of either person previously united, at the discretion of an
Appointed Pastor of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
8.20 Baptism Of The Holy Spirit/Second Blessing/Anointing In The Holy
Spirit/Sacrament Of Confirmation.
After a person has made their Statement Of Faith, their dedication to Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives, and has been baptized in water, they
may receive the Laying On Of Hands, anointing with oil and prayers for the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit for the Gifts of the Spirit as Christ wills, for
Christ's Service. Acts 1:5,8.