Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The LGBTQIS Pride Activities, and Social Events Center of Elmira NY
The only Church in Central New York founded and fostered by the GLBTQIS community for 38 years. October 31, 2020 - 37th Anniversary in our 38th year in Ministry.
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Here is a video of our congregation during the Vigil Of The Resurrection blessing the new fire at sunset and sharing the  Light Of Christ click here.
Here is a video of our congregation during the Vigil Of The Resurrection making the Easter Proclamation and singing the Gloria.  click here.
Here is a video of our congregation during the Vigil Of The Resurrection making our Profession Of Faith and renewing our Baptismal Vows using the Apostle's Creed  click here.
Participate in BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT as we shared it on Holy Thursday Night, 2018.  click here.
Here is a video of our congregation during the Good Friday worship event and includes The Stations Of The Cross.  Here you can pray entire Stations with us.  click here.
Here is a panoramic view of our congregation at prayer during the Holy Communion prayers on Good Friday, 2018.  click here.
Here is a video of our congregation during the Vigil Of The Resurrection receiving Holy Communion.  The people serve the people and we pray with every person who comes to Communion.  All are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist at Ray Of Hope Church.  click here.
As Christians we celebrate Hanukkah. Why would a Christian church celebrate Hanukkah, isn't that Jewish?
Read More by clicking here.
Visit our chapel and take some time for prayer.  Here is a Facebook Live video showing you how to come in: CLICK HEREOr take a short tour of the chapel here:  CLICK HERE  Use your back arrow to return to our web site.  
This is our worship videos page.  Most of these are from Facebook Live events, though not all.  We will be adding many videos to this as time goes on so do check back frequently. 
Page updated
7/18/21
1:19 p.m.
Ray Of Hope Church celebrated Kwanzaa beginning December 26, 2018 and ending on the seventh day of the celebration, January 1, 2019.  All seven worship services are available for you to read here on our web site.  Also, there are Facebook Live recordings of all seven linked here as well.  Click here.
See the entire all City Ash Wednesdy Service we participated in on March 6, 2019.  We were one of the participating churches along with Bethany Lutheran Church, First United Church of Christ, Frederick Douglass AME Zion Church, New Beginnings United Methodist Church, Ray Of Hope Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, United Baptist Church , Westside United Methodist Church, and Webb Mills United Methodist Church.  The Choir was directed by Helen Joy Vincent of United Baptist Church.  To see the video of the worship service CLICK HERE.    
On Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020 we participated in the all city Ash Wednesday Service presented by the Elmira Area Clergy.  Eight local churches came together for this event.  To view the service, meditate, and pray along with those who attended CLICK HERE.

Monday, May 6, 2019 Ray Of Hope Church participated in an event sponsored by the Elmira Downtown Churches.  The churches tolled our bells at 12:40 PM one toll for each century the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris has stood in honor of God.  To see the video of our participation CLICK HERE.
View our Mother's Day service we conducted on May 10, 2020 Right Click Here. We celebrated Mother's Day, our Foundresses Day, our own ability to love with God's Motherly love (yes, men can love as mothers too).  Remember, this was broadcast during the COVID-19 infection prevention policies of New York State.  Therefore, there are only two people in the video.  To read the Mother's Day / Foundresses Day bulletin Right Click Here.  Mother's Day may be a painful time for some. However, here is a text script from a conversation I had with a friend that reminds us we ALL can be a mother to someone some of the time.  I exchanged this with a friend the day before Mother's Day in 2019. Hopefully you will be blessed as you read this. My "Friend" and his wife have adopted now four children since they cannot have their own biological children. This church they were attending only gave out flowers to the biological mothers. I was so pleased he told me about this because it launched the following conversation on the Motherhood of God in all of us. Read on to see God spoke to us about this.  READ THE FULL TEXT MESSAGE CLICK HERE.

Sunday April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday 10:30 AM
One proof that Jesus was who he said he was is the mathematical calculations written in the Bible that identify the exact days we call Palm Sunday and the Crucifixion of Jesus as they were prophesied in the Book of Daniel.  Daniel saw in a vision the empires of the world up to the time of the Messiah.  Daniel gave this prophecy in his telling King Nebuchadnezzar the  king's dreams and giving the detailed interpretations.  Daniel did this in the 6th Century B.C..  It all would begin with a prophecy for an event that would happen centuries later in 445 B.C..  If ever you were looking for scientific proof that Jesus is the Christ, here it is.  Get your calculator out, or pencil and pad and do the math for yourself and see that hidden in every Bible in the world is the mathematical proof the Jesus stepped into "Holy Week" on "Palm Sunday" on a date predicted centuries before he was born. To see the proof CLICK HERE

Read the bulletin for Palm Sunday with all the readings, prayers and announcements for the week: BULLETIN CLICK HERE.
Holy Week 2020  was all live and on line through Skype and
Facebook live.  See all of the services recorded through the
links here below.


















Holy Thursday was webcast on April 9 at 7:00 p.m.  See the entire video and worship at any time from your home.  Click Here.   For the  Holy Thursday worship materials CLICK HERE
Good Friday, was webcast on April 10 at 7:00  p.m. Watch the entire service Click Here. For worship materials Click Here.
Holy Saturday, the Resurrection Vigil our only EASTER SERVICE, was webcast April 11 at 8:00  p.m. To see the full service Click Here. The worship materials: Click Here.
Read our suggestions for using these videos durig this COVIG-19 Pandemic.  Click Here.


Sunday worship was held on July 18 @ 10:30 a.m. Part 2 of our special sermon series was presented.  The first Church, Ephesus, the Apostolic Age ca. 30 - 100 a.d.  See below for details.  Download the Order Of Worship Right Click Here View the Facebook Live recording: Right Click Here.  


Worship was held Sunday July 11 @ 10:30 a.m.  We celebrated the Feast of St. Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480 - 547 a.d.). The Gospel reading makes it clear what THE SIN OF SOMDOM really is.  Part 1 was presented in a new series.  Download the Order Of Worship Right Click HereView the Facebook Live recording: Right Click Here.  

Worship was held on Sunday June 20, 2021 @10:30 a.m.   We celebrated the 12th Sunday of Year B, Father's Day, and the 25th Anniversary of Ordination and Solemn Profession of the Rev. Br. Shawn F. Benedict, Appointed Pastor.  We also welcomed guest Celebrant and Preacher the Rev. Leanne Zeck, Pastor of the Centenary United Methodist Church of Bath, NY.  Download the Program: Right Click HereWatch the Facebook Live recording of worship event.  Right Click Here.

Worship was held on Sunday June 13 @ 10:30 a.m.  We celebrated  PRIDE Sunday for Central NY, usually the second Sunday of June.  It was exactly six months out from Gaudete Sunday, Rejoice Sunday, Pride Sunday in the Winter, December 13, 2020.  This year it fit nicely in between Corpus Christi last Sunday and Father's Day with the Jubilee Celebration next Sunday. 
We take these little breaks during the liturgical year: Advent Wk 3 Gaudete Sunday, Lent Wk 4 Laetare Sunday, and Pride Sunday (CNY 2nd Sunday of the month and Stonewall the last Sunday of the Month).  Tami Whatley renewed her service as a Servant Of The Eucharist during this worship event. Download the Order Of Worship: Right Click HereWatch the Facebook Live  recorded webcast:  Right Click Here

Worship was held Sunday June 6 @ 10:30 a.m. for the Feast of Corpus Christi, The Body and Blood of Christ.  Download the Order of Worship: Right Click HereYou may view the recorded Facebook live recording and worship from where you are.  It is here:Right Click Here.

Worship was held Sunday May 30 @ 10:30 a.m. for the Feast of The Holy Trinity.  Download the Order of Worship: Right Click Here.    View the Facebook Live webcast recording and pray the service anytime from anywhere. Right Click Here

Worship was held Sunday April 25 @ 10:30 a.m. as we continued the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.  Download the Order of Worship: Right Click HereWatch the Facebook Live webcast and recorded service: Right Click Here.

Worship was held April 18 @ 10:30 a.m.  Download the Order of Worship: Right Click HereView the Facebook live recording of the worship service: Right Click Here

Worship was held Sunday worship April 11 @ 10:30 a.m.  We celebrated the Second Sunday of the Resurrection.  See the  Facebook Live Recording here: https://fb.watch/4P1C2MfZZh/You do not need a Skype or Facebook account to view the worship.  Download the Order Of Worship Right Click Here

Our RESURRECTION Celebration was the Vigil Of The Resurrection Of Our Lord Jesus at 7:45 p.m. , April 3, 2021. See the live recording of the complete service here:  Right Click HereDownload the  Order of Worship: Right Click HereVisit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtqsia2ssByYou/.    Everyone is welcome to the continuation of our celebration of Holy Week, "the week that changed the world."

Worship was held here on the Internet Good Friday April 2 at Noon.  We participated in the Elmira Ecumenical Community Stations Of The Cross with seven churches. See the Facebook recording of the Service: Right Click Here.  Read the Order Of Worship Right Click Here.

Holy Thursday worsip was held April 1 Worship at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   View the recording of the Facebook Live webcast: Right Click Here.
You do not need a Facebook account to use these. The Order of Worship Right Click Here.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament  with prayers from
the Garden is included.  Also Benediction of the  Blessed Sacrament is on the recording. 

Worship was held here on the Internet Sunday morning March 28 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate PALM SUNDAY, the start of Holy Week, 2021.  To read the Order Of Worship Right Click Here.  See the recording of the worship event on Facebook.  Right Click Here.
Worship was held Sunday morning March 21 at 10:30 a.m.  to celebrate Lent Week V, and Women's History Month, 3rd Sunday.  See the Facebook Live recording of the serviceRight Click Here. See the Order of Worship, Right Click Here

Worship was held virtually Sunday morning March 14 at 10:30 a.m.  We Celebrated Laetare Sunday, REJOICE SUNDAY in Lent, and Women's History Month 2nd Sunday.  See the Facebook live recording Right Click Here. Download the Order Of Worship Right Click Here.


Worship was held Sunday morning February 28 at 10:30 a.m.   Download the Order of Worship and bulletin:   RIGHT CLICK HERE.   View the Facebook Live recording of the service.  Right Click Here

Worship was held Sunday morning February 21 at 10:30 a.m.   We celebrated Lent Week I and the Third Sunday of Black History.  We looked at the Black Church story and particularly the role played by women and gay men in that story.  We also considered the rainbow as God's insignia for us in these troubling times.  Download the Order of Worship Right Click Here. There is a Facebook Live webcast recording of the entire service. Right Click Here.

Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 was celebrated at 7:00 p.m..  Download the Order of Worship Right Click Here.  See the recorded worship event, Right Click HereRay Of Hope Church (LGBTQSIA), Bethany Lutheran Church, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Westside United Methodist Church, New Beginnings United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, and Webb Mills United Methodist Church were together virtually.  Grace Church was the host this time.  You may also receive Holy Communion with us during this worship event as is our usual Ray Of Hope custom.  Bring your communion cup with wine or grape juice and a small piece of bread, a small glass of water and a little towel to the table.    See a short advertisement for this event Right Click Here.


Worship was held Sunday morning February 14 at 10:30 a.m.   We celebrated St. Valentine's Day, Transfiguration Sunday, and the 2nd Sunday of Black History Month. Download the Order of Worship: Right Click Here.   We did not produce a Facebook Live recording for this Sunday.  Visit, follow and like our Facebook page. Right Click Here.

Worship was held on Sunday morning February 7 at 10:30 a.m.  We will celebrated the 5th week of Epiphany and the 1st Sunday of Black History Month.  Download and read the Order of WorshipRight Click Here.   View the Facebook live video recording: Right Click Here

Sunday morning January 31 at  10:30 a.m. to celebrate the 4th week of Epiphany.   See the video recording of the service.  Right Click Here.   Read the Order of Worship . Right Click Here.    You may also watch the event on our Facebook page.  Right Click Here.  

Sunday morning January 24 at  10:30 a.m.  We examined the Call of Jesus into ministry and we held our 37th Annual Meeting of our Congregation in our 38th year of ministry @ 1:00 p.m.  Download the Order of Worship. Right Click Here You may also watch the recorded worship event on our Facebook page.  To see the service Right Click Here During the sermon the record of Ray Of Hope was mentioned.  Read that record here:   Right Click HereThe Community Of Jesus was discussed with reference to their wearing common clothing of celebration during worship.  See their introductory video Right Click HereDuring the sermon the movie And The Band Played On was referenced, read about it Right Click HereRead all of the Annual Meeting documents including our 2021 budget:  Right Click Here.

Sunday January 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord at age 30, and Civil Rights Sunday with Martin Luther King Jr. Day being Monday January 18.   Read and download the Order of Worship: Right Click Here.    See the recorded service.  Right Click Here.

Sunday January 10, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. we celebrated the  Visitation of the Magi, the Feast Of Epiphany.  Download the Order of Worship: Right Click HereSee the recording  of this worship event.  Right Click Here

Sunday January 3, 2021 at 10:15 a.m. we celebrated the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday.  What  is the point of a "brand" name? Brand names seem to have a lot of power in our society.  Is there power in the Name of Jesus?   Download the Order of Worship: Right Click Here.    See the recording of this Worship event, Right Click Here.

"Now has the grace of God appeared, bringing salvation to all...."  (Titus 2:11)  Christmas worship celebrating the Birth of Jesus the Christ, was held on Sunday December 27, at 10:15 a.m.  View the recording of the worship event, Right Click Here.  Download the Order of Worship Right Click Here.

Sunday December 20, at 10:15 a.m. for Advent week IV the candle of LOVE.  On this Sunday we considered the tremendous love Mary, the Mother of Jesus had as she put her life at risk to have the Messiah Child.  We also considered other Reverend Mothers from all throughout Scripture and even in the age of the Church, right down to our own Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and others who are with us on Earth and in Heaven.  We called it  MOTHER'S  DAY  IN  THE  WINTER.  Download the Order of Worship: Right Click Here.   View the recording of the worhsip - Right Click Here.   

Sunday December 13, at 10:15 a.m. for Advent week III, REJOICE SUNDAY, PINK SUNDAY, GAUDETE SUNDAY, PRIDE SUNDAY IN THE WINTER.  Download the Order of Worship: Right Click HereView the Facebook Live recording of the worship at this link:Right Click Here.

Sunday December 6, 2020, we celebrated Advent week II.  It was also the Feast of St. Nicholas.  Who was this guy anyway....  read the attached Order of Worship and see the recorded video to find out.   To read the Order of Worship with Scripture Readings for this event Right Click Here.  To  see the Facebook Live recording of this service Right Click Here

Sunday, November 29, 2020 we celebrated the First Sunday of Advent and World AIDS Day.  To read the Order of Worship with Scripture Readings for this event Right Click Here.  To see a recording of this worship event Right Click Here.

Sunday November 22 that was held at 10:30 a.m..  We celebrated the Feast of Christ The King. See the video of the worship Right Click Here.  To read the Order of Worship with the Scripture Readings for this event Right Click Here.

Sunday November 15 at 10:30 a.m. To read the Order of Worship with the Readings and Announcements Right Click Here.   See the Facebook Live video recording Right Click Here.  Visit our Facebook Page and be sure to like and follow us.  Right Click Here.

Sunday November 8 at 10:30 a.m. we held worship and it is recorded on Facebook live.  To see the recorded worship service Right Click Here. To read the Order of Worship with the Readings and Announcements Right Click Here.

Sunday November 1, 2020 we celebrated our 37th Anniversary and the start of the 38th year of ministry on the Feast of All Saints.   To read today's Order of Worship with the Readings, and the announcements for the week Right Click Here.  See the Video of the worship event: Right Click Here.

WORLD WIDE COMMUNION SUNDAY was celebrated by EIGHT Congregations October 4th, 2020.  Ray Of Hope Church was the host of the event.  TO SEE THE VIDEO OF THIS EVENT (Start the video at 5:42 on the slide bar, where you hear the bell ringing.)  Right Click Here.  READ AND FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE SERVICE BY DOWNLOADING a PDF of the worship service.  Right Click Here.  After you see the worship video be sure to visit our Facebook page and like the page.  Right Click Here.


















Join Ray Of Hope Church (of the LGBTQIAS2ss+ Community)  for worship Sunday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. for an eight congregation VIRTUAL celebration of World Communion Sunday, the Feast of St. Francis, and the National COVID-19 Remembrance Day. 

Everyone is welcome to celebrate World Communion Sunday with us.  READ AND FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE SERVICE BY DOWNLOADING a PDF of the worship service.  Right Click Here.
We hope you will join us on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

In addition to seven sanctuaries being seen on the screen, there will be people from all over the world participating from their homes.  Find us on Facebook Live around 10:00 - 10:20 a.m.  - Right Click Here.   Like us on Facebook too!  The first bell of the service is at 10:20 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, USA.  The full service begins at 10:30 a.m.  The Gospel is certainly needed in these troubled times and especially to our LGBTQIAS... community.  Ray Of Hope Church is the church made for you, and by you because we ARE YOU! Persons of all sexual orientations and all gender expressions are present in our congregation. There is a place for you too.  We celebrate the truth that the LGBTQIAS2ss+ community is included in all of the promises of salvation to all.  God has created, blessed, ordained, and set into motion all sexual orientations and gender expressions.  It is up to us to own, live, and celebrate these wonderful gifts of God.  Consider joining us for worship Sunday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. for an eight congregation VIRTUAL celebration of World Communion Sunday, the Feast of St. Francis, and the National COVID-19 Remembrance Day.

You are invited to celebrate Holy Communion with us live on Sunday.  Prepare your table with a cup with some wine or grape juice in it.  Have a small glass of water nearby, a small towel, and a small piece of bread.  Also, if you have a special pillar style candle you could light we will light "The Candle Of Hope" together at all of our locations at the same time.

We will not be broadcasting with Skype as is our normal custom.  We will be broadcasting live on Facebook and also on Zoom.

The Facebook page is Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.  https://www.facebook.com/lgbtqsia2ssByYou/

Here is the Zoom Meeting Invitation.

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Time: Oct 4, 2020 10:20:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Join us for worship Sunday October 4 at 10:30 a.m. for an eight congregation celebration of World Communion Sunday, the Feast of St. Francis, and the National COVID-19 Remembrance Day. Find us on Facebook Live around 10:15 a.m.  - Click Here.   The Gospel is certainly needed in these troubled times and especially to our LGBTQIAS... community.  Ray Of Hope Church is the church made for you, and by you because we ARE YOU! Persons of all sexual orientations and all gender expressions are present in our congregation. There is a place for you too.  We celebrate the truth that the LGBTQIAS2ss+ community is included in all of the promises of salvation to all.  God has created, blessed, ordained and set into motion all sexual orientations and gender expressions.  It is up to us to own, live and celebrate these wonderful gifts of God.  Consider joining us for worship Sunday October 4 at 10:30 a.m. for an eight congregation celebration of World Communion Sunday, the Feast of St. Francis, and the National COVID-19 Remembrance Day. World Communion Sunday PROGRAM RIGHT CLICK HERE.  









To Read the bulletin for the week of Sunday September 27:  Right Click Here.  To read our regular order of worship Right Click Here.
Holy Week, 2021
Our RESURRECTION Celebration was the Vigil Of The Resurrection Of Our Lord Jesus at 7:45 p.m. , April 3, 2021. See the live recording of the complete service here:  Right Click HereDownload the  Order of Worship: Right Click Here.  Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtqsia2ssByYou/.    Everyone is welcome to the continuation of our celebration of Holy Week, "the week that changed the world."

Worship was held here on the Internet Good Friday April 2 at Noon.  We participated in the Elmira Ecumenical Community Stations Of The Cross with seven churches. See the Facebook recording of the Service: Right Click Here.  Read the Order Of Worship Right Click Here.

Holy Thursday worsip was held April 1 Worship at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   View the recording of the Facebook Live webcast: Right Click Here.
You do not need a Facebook account to use these. The Order of Worship Right Click Here.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament  with prayers from
the Garden is included.  Also Benediction of the  Blessed Sacrament is on the recording. 

Worship was held here on the Internet Sunday morning March 28 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate PALM SUNDAY, the start of Holy Week, 2021.  To read the Order Of Worship Right Click Here.  See the recording of the worship event on Facebook.  Right Click Here.
Flowers in our Monastery garden.
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. 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."