Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
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.
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Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. is a congregation with a rich worship tradition that continues to grow and develop as the Holy Spirit leads.  Section 8 of our Bylaws gives a good overview of our worship tradition. Click here to read that information.  On this page we shall review some of the information we use to explain our worship.

Holy Communion / The Blessed Sacrament / The Lord's Supper / The Holy Eucharist

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Everyone is invited to receive Holy Communion at Ray Of Hope Church. It is not required that you be a member of this church or any other church to receive Holy Communion. This is the Table of Jesus Christ, He invites you to come and receive Him in this Eucharistic banquet.

Through the centuries the institutional churches have established rules, teachings, and practices that would exclude people from Holy Communion. There has been an almost endless list of reasons to exclude people from the Blessed Sacrament. Yet, together, we recite the words of institution and we rehear Christ present with us saying all of you are to eat and drink of this gift. I have thought about this extensively and have decided to take this as a command to us to give, and bring, the Eucharistic Gift to everyone who will receive.

This also involves teachingpeople about this gift. It is uniquely and deliberately the work of Christ in His Church to offer the necessary education, guidance, and practice of living life centered and purposed on finding and sharing the Will of God. The Eucharist belongs to the Church as Christ in us, through us, and with us, and we are to take this gift to the whole world. We begin by taking it to the those who are on the fringe of society, those who have been pushed aside, those who are poor, who are not accepted, who are sick, who need God's help in special ways

We welcome and bring the Eucharist to everyone who has been told they cannot receive it by other Denominations. For all persons who have ever been told "no you cannot" in any other church, hear us, "yes you can" at Ray Of Hope. (Excerpt from the Pastoral Report given at the Annual Meeting 34 on January 28, 2018 by Pastor Br. Shawn F. Benedict.

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