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 37 years. October 31, 2019 - 36th Anniversary in our 37th year in Ministry.
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Prayers for your use.  Updated 4/3/19

 

This is the Ray Of Hope Church statement on the Doctrine of Universal Salvation.

 

We believe that Salvation is a gift that God has given to the entire human race.  Romans Chapter Five explains this Doctrine of Universal Salvation.  One's personal salvation is assured by believing in God as per John 5:24.  Salvation is best known through the Gospel of Jesus the Christ, and through rebirth by the Holy Spirit. (Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc . By-Laws September, 2011  Lines 1141 through 1148)

 

One of the greatest universal prayers is the Gloria.  Here it is as we use it with inclusive language.

 

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God's people on earth.
You are the One God, Sovereign of the universe,
Only Holy God, we worship you,
we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of God:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord of all,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of the
Holy Unity of God. Amen.

 

Canticle / Song of the Three Young Men in the Fiery Furnace Daniel 3:57-88, 56

 

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord.
Praise and exalt God above all forever.


Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord.
You heavens, bless the Lord.


All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord.
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.


Sun and moon, bless the Lord.
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

 

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord.
All you winds, bless the Lord.


Fire and heat, bless the Lord.
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.


Dew and rain, bless the Lord.
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.


Ice and snow, bless the Lord.
Nights and days, bless the Lord.


Light and darkness, bless the Lord.
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

 

Let the earth bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt God above all forever.


Mountains and hills, bless the Lord.
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.


You springs, bless the Lord.
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.


You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord.
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.


All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.
You sons and daughters, bless the Lord.

 

O Israel, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt God above all forever.


Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.


Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord.
Holy people of humble heart, bless the Lord.


Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt God above all forever.

 

Let us bless God, and the Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise and exalt God above all forever.


Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

 

Praise God, Praise Christ, and Praise the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

world without end.  Amen.

 

You Are God: Te Deum written in the 4th Century

YOU are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal One God:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
     Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
     heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
     Eternal God, of majesty unbounded,
     your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
     and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the One God.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.

You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

V. Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
R. Govern and uphold them now and always.

V.  Day by day we bless you.
R. We praise your name for ever.

V.  Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

V.  Lord, show us your love and mercy,
R. For we have put our trust in you.

V.  In you, Lord, is our hope:
R. Let us never be put to shame.

 

Prayer of Saint Patrick (389 to 461 AD)

May the strength of God pilot us.

May the power of God preserve us.

May the wisdom of God instruct us.

May the hand of God protect us.

May they way of God direct us.

May the shield of God defend us.

May the host of God guard us.

- Against the snares of the evil ones.

- Against temptations of the world.

May Christ be with us!

May Christ be before us!

May Christ be in us,

Christ be over all!

 

May your salvation, Lord,

Always be ours,

This day, O Lord and evermore.

 

 

Prayers for salvation of all people to be made holy and live forever.

 

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of your mercy. Amen  (Fatima prayer)

 

A prayer for universal salvation one can pray anytime, and especially just before receiving Holy Communion. 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, with faith in your love and your mercy we partake of your Body and Blood as you command.  May this not bring us condemnation, as Scripture warns, but bring us health in mind, body, soul and spirit.  And we pray, O God, that all people everywhere will be reassembled without the loss of anyone in your Eternal Kingdom of love and glory.  We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen  (Br. Benedict)

 

The following is a Prayer for our Congregation we started praying on Pentecost Sunday in 2016.  You may adapt this prayer for your needs by changing the words where you see (**).  Change the text there to fit your circumstance.  Some suggestions include  relationship    family   school   marriage  organization, and any other special circumstance that is open to an invocation of the Holy Spirit such as this one.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, we ask that your Holy Spirit continue to move in our (**) congregation in ways always new and refreshing.  We open our hearts to be a dwelling place, a home, a temple of your Holy Spirit.  Empower us as you see fit with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be used as servants of God, disciples of Christ, and witnesses of God's love and God's eternal plan. Come Holy Spirit, come, and impassion us with your Divine Love.  Stir and enkindle within us the flames of compassion, forgiveness, patience, empathy, Joy in believing, thanksgiving and praise, and love for God's holy Will.  Build up within us an expectant faith with a view of (**)church that is full of possibilities and potential.  Guide our lives, we pray through Christ our Lord, Amen. (5-17,19-16 / Pentecost Br. Benedict)

 

The following is a well known traditional prayer asking for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

 

Come,  Holy  Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your divine Love.  Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. 

O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of your faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise, and  ever rejoice in the Spirit's consolation, through Christ our Lord, Amen

 

Here is a traditional and well known prayer you can pray when you want to receive Holy Communion but are not able to physically received the actual bread and wine.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

Oh My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul.  Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you.  Jesus, I place all my trust in you.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

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You alone are True! (John 14:6)
Almighty, Creator, (Genesis 1:1)
God of all creation! (Colossians 1:15)
We praise You! (Psalm 150)
You are always with me God. (Isaiah 41:10)
Fill me Holy Spirit! (John 14:17)
I glorify You my Saviour! (Luke 1:47)
Alleluia! Alleluia! (Revelation 19:1,6)   
I love you, Jesus! (1John 5:1)
We love You! (Matthew 22:37)
You are risen for ever! (Matthew 28:6)
Lord of lords. (Rev. 17:14) 
We are Yours! (Romans 8:16)
You are our HOPE. (Titus 2:13)
You are Faithful and True. (Rev. 19:11)
I serve only You, Jesus! (Matthew 4:10)
I give you my life! (Mark 8:34, 35)
Praise you for life. (Psalm 146:1,2)
Praise You Jesus the Bread of Life. (John 6:35)
Praise You Jesus the Cup of Salvation. (Psalm 116:13)
Praise You Holy Spirit, fountain of Life. (John 7:39, 14:14)
Praise You Jesus Rock of Salvation. (Matthew 16:18; Psalm 95:1-3)
Praise You Jesus forgiver of sins. (John 20:23; Ephesians 4:32)
Praise You Jesus healer of the sick. (John 14:12-14)
Praise You Jesus defender of the weak. (Psalm 82:3,4)
Praise You Jesus lover of the outcast. (Isaiah 1:17)
Praise you Jesus Name above all Names. (Philippians 2:8-11)
Praise You Jesus, with us at all times. (Matthew 28:20)
O God, You are Holy. (Revelation 4:1-8)
O God You are worthy of all our praise. (Psalm 18:3; 145:3)
All creation gives you praise. (Psalm 150)
Thank you for your love. (1John 4:7-21) 
Thank you for your grace. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Thank you for holy joy. (John 15:11)
Praise you Word of Life. (Philippians 2:16)
You are the Resurrection. (John 11:25)
You will raise us to new life. (Romans 6:4)
Only One Creating God. (Psalm 104:24)
Wonderful Counselor. (Isaiah 9:6)
The Mighty God. (Isaiah 9:6)
The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Most High God, I love you. (Psalm 91:1)
Glory to You, Blessed God! (Luke 2:14)
We glorify You!  (Revelation 5:12-13)
Praise you Jesus! (Acts 19:17)
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 117:1; 149:1; 150:1)
Praise you Jesus the Eternal Word. (John 1:1)
Praise you Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God. (John 1:14)
Glory to You! (Psalm 115:1)
Praise to your holy Name! (1 Chronicles 16:35)
My Saviour! (Luke 1:47)
You are our God! (Psalm 95:7)
Praise you, Lamb Of God. (John 1:29)
Praise you Jesus, Bishop of Souls. (1 Peter 2:25)
Praise you Jesus, Light of the World. (John 8:12)
Praise you Jesus, The Alpha and the Omega. (Revelation 1:8)
Praise you Jesus, the True Shepherd. (John 10:11)
Praise you Jesus, Shepherd of souls. (1 Peter 2:25)
Praise you Jesus, Lord of the Living and the Dead. (Romans 14:9)
I adore you, Jesus. (Psalm 18:1)
I bless You, Jesus! (Psalm 103:1)
O Prince of Peace! (Isaiah 9:6)
Love of my soul! (Song of Solomon 1:7)
I worship you! (Psalm 96:9)
Praise to You Eternal Word! (John 1:1)
Praise to you, Holy Spirit! (John 14:26)
We give you thanks. (Psalm 136:1)
Glory to you, Holy Saviour! (Luke 1:47)
You have redeemed us! (Galatians 3:13)
Praise to You, O Jesus! (Psalm 148)
Fill us with your Holy Spirit! (Acts 2)
I am yours, 0 God! (Psalm 119:94)
We give you praise. (1 Chronicles 29:13)
Glory To You Christ! (Psalm 115:1)
Saviour forever! (Jude 25)
You are my eternal joy! (Psalm 16:11)
Saviour of my heart! (Psalm 7:10)
Praise the Precious Lamb Of God. (Revelation 7:17)
Use me in your service Jesus! (Romans 12:1)
We give you thanks. (Psalm 75:1)
We worship You! (Psalm 79:13)
O Jesus we praise You for your great glory! (John 1:14)
We adore you! (Psalm 18:1)
Praise to You! (Psalm 9:2)
We adore you, Jesus. (Psalm 18:1)
You are the Great Amen! (Psalm 89:52)
Praise you, Holy Saviour!  (Psalm 17:7)
You have set me free! (Luke 4:18)
King of kings. (1 Timothy 6:15)
You're my strength, O God. (Exodus 15:2)
I praise You! (Psalm 150)
Praise You Word Of God. (John 1:1)
You are my life, dear God. (Colossians 3:4)
You alone are Saviour! (Jude 25)
You are my Shepherd! (John 10; Psalm 23)
I say yes, Lord!  (Revelation 16:7)
You alone are Righteous! (Psalm 36:6)
O, Lamb Of God! (John 1:36)
Rock of safety. (2 Samuel 22:3)
You alone are Worthy. (Revelation 4:11)
Thank you Holy Saviour! (Psalm 138:1)
You alone one the One God! (Ephesians 4:6; James 2:19 )
Alpha and Omega! (Revelation 22:13)
I love You, 0 my Lord! (Psalm 18:1)
You reign forever! (Exodus 15:18)
Hallelujah, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 19:1)
Lion Of Judah! (Revelation 5:5)
O Loving God! (Psalm 48:9)
Guide my life. (Psalm 31:3)
Guide my choices. (Psalm 119:30)
Fill my thoughts with your Will. (Isaiah 55:8)
Blessings to You, O Lord! (Psalm 34:1)
The Way, The Truth, The life now and forever! (John 14:6)
My Redeemer! (Job 19:25)
Jesus is the Holy One! (Mark 1:24)
Lord God, Heavenly King. (2 Timothy 4:18)
Glory to God in the Highest! (Luke1:14)
Join us in prayer.  Learn to pray in five seconds.  It is so easy.  Here is how; Say the prayers as they scroll, or sing them in your own melody.  Keep God the Creator, Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit right before your mind and heart as you pray.  Speak directly to God and you are praying!
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8/17/19
Help develop this project by suggesting additional verses or phrases by emailing rayofhopehurch@aol.com, put SCROLLING VERSES in the subject.  Special thanks to Stephen Lucas for helping with this project. Study these verses in a non-moving list by clicking here.
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Michael Quinnell, Tim Decker, Robb Bacon - Founder

".....be filled with the Spirit, 19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks to God at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:18b - 20)
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.  The only name associated with this ministry is the "Name above all names."  (see Philippians 2:9-11)

Scripture Verses on Joy and Encouragement

Updated 12-15-18

 

Phillipians 4:4-7

 Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. 

Rejoice   in The Lord always; again I say it, rejoice.

 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

1 Thess. 5:16  Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

John 15:10-12 (NRSV) 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

John 16:24 (NRSV)24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

 

Luke 6:22-23 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you[a] on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

 

Romans 15:13 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

1Peter 1:8-10 Although you have not seen[a] him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Galatians 5:22-25 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

 

 

While visiting with friends the story of the rainbow flag has come up a few times this week. (December 3 – 8, 2018) Once again I told the story of how it is so obvious God gave our community God's own personal insignia, the Rainbow, to fly as our symbol of who we are as a people.  Today (December 9, 2018) on this Pride Sunday in the Winter it is a great time to read that sermon / story again.  It happened in 1994 at Stonewall 25.  I told the story and put it on our web site in June, 2000.  Since that time, Gilbert Baker, the designer / founder of the Pride Flag has passed away, dying on March 31, 2017.  Perhaps this weekend as we celebrate Pride in the Winter you might go and read our updated page on the rainbow flag and pass it on to others too.  Read it and see the new photos by clicking here.

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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.

Ray Of Hope

Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.

is the original Church in Central New York for

ALL People, including but not limited to

persons who are or might be:

Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,

Transgender,

Questioning,

Intersex, Queer,

Asexual, Pansexual, Hetero-flexible. 

Anyone who is human!

Married, divorced, remarried, single,

and persons of all gender expressions.

Persons of any faith / religion or

no faith, no religion, or have no idea where to start with religion.

A spiritual home for those who are "spiritual but not religious."

WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO TELL Y OU IS WE ARE

the Church by us, for us, 4 U!

The Church made by you because

we  ARE  you!

Ray Of Hope Church was founded in 1983

and is serving Syracuse, Ithaca and Elmira New York.

We are in fact serving the world with live interactive worship services,

Bible enrichment sessions, and meetings

through SKYPE on the Internet.

WE  ARE  YOU!

We never held a vote to decide if we would be an INCLUSIVE church for you.

WE  ARE  YOU!

We are not an OPEN AND AFFIRMING church for you.

WE  ARE  YOU!

We are not a RECONCILING CHURCH or

RECONCILING  CONGREGATION for you.

WE  ARE  YOU!

We are not an OPEN MINDED or ACCEPTING or WELCOMING

 church where you can attend as long as you blend in quietly and discretely.

WE  ARE  YOU!

THIS is the church where YOU belong.

Ray Of Hope Church is the church

by us, for us, and made by You.

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This is a link to a YouTube Live Stations of the Cross 2019 - Cenacolo Community.  This is particularly useful for family devotions and especially for teaching young people the actual story of Christ's Passion.  To enjoy this presentation click here.
May our prayers rise before you, O Lord, as incense to the sky, the raising of our hands like an evening oblation.  Psalm 141:2