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Posts by Fr. Hunter Ruffin (Page 3)

Posts by Fr. Hunter Ruffin (Page 3)

O God, our times are in your hands…

When I was in high school a series of movies came out that had everyone on the edge of their seats. It was one of those movies that you did not want to miss in the theaters. The impact of the surround sound coupled with the fantastic imagery just drew you in deeper and deeper as the whole audience went deeper into the rabbit hole. I suppose, if you wanted to, you could have taken the blue pill, but the…

COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services upgraded the community spread of COVID-19 from “Moderate” to “Widespread.” With the upgraded status, it seems more than prudent for Church of the Epiphany’s campus to be closed. In real terms, this means that the staff of our parish will…

COVID-19: A Message from the Rector – March 17, 2020

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. By now, many of you may have seen the news from Bishop Jennifer Reddall regarding public worship in our congregations. I fully support our bishop’s decision to suspend in-person worship. At this point, it has been suspended until April 20, 2020.  The season of Lent is a season of fasting and…

A Message from the Rector: Parish Updates around COVID-19

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to you today to inform you of new developments for our parish as it relates to the current public health emergency surrounding COVID-19.  After prayer and discernment with the clergy leadership and wardens of our parish, we believe that it is prudent for our parish to take some…

Currency of Relationship

On Wednesday night, we had about 16 people that gathered in the parish hall to reflect on the ways that we can steward many other currencies outside of money in our efforts to build sustainable missional ministries in our neighborhood. We spent time looking at the ways that relationship internally and externally are central to the ways that we experience and share the grace of God with others that we encounter. We also spent some time brainstorming ways that our…

Praying the Scriptures

Over the last several weeks, through sermons and weekly reflections, we have sat with the idea of showing up and shining out as ambassadors of God’s love. We have explored the many different ways that we are called to share the love of God with those we encounter in our neighborhoods, cities, state, country, and the world. We have explored how we might live into the meaning behind our name as a parish, and most of it has centered around…

February 26, 2020 | Ash Wednesday

Collect of the Day Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for everand ever. Amen. The Psalter Psalm 32 Beati quorum1…

The Wisdom of the Body

Last weekend, I had the great privilege of spending a day with close to 30 people that have a deep love for the church. The people that were in the room were regular, everyday saints that gave up a day of their lives to seek wisdom through conversation. I was in the midst of a crowd of people that understood that the things happening in the life of our parish need good lay ministers to lead them into the next…

The Conversation of Invitation

When we seek to use conversation as a model of leadership in community, it is important to understand the kind of community that we are seek to create. Conversation is flowing and only unfolds because of the presence of multiple voices in the room. It is an act that is, by its very nature, restorative to relationship. To create conversation is to issue an invitation, either formally or informally, for others to participate. It is to create an open space…

The Leadership of Conversation

During seminary, I made it a point to attend at least one Daily Office service and one Holy Eucharist every day of the class week (i.e. Monday-Friday). Whenever I was sitting in Evening Prayer in our chapel, I was routinely struck by the fact that we would end the prayers of the community with a prayer attributed to St. Chrysostom, which itself includes a clause that says, “when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be…

Naming the (Im)Possible

Last week, I offered a post about the importance of naming the future God is inviting us to inhabit through the practice of naming the possibilities into which we wish to live. In that post, I talked about the ways that we name the very possibilities that are important to us and how naming those possibilities in community when something is at stake is part of what leads us down new roads and into the uncharted territory of innovation. The…

Hearing What the Spirit says to the Churches…

One of the things that is great about the advent of computer technology is that it can have a drastic impact on doing Biblical research. For example, if you wanted to search for a word throughout scripture to see how many times it appears, the context in which it appears, and how the use of the word changes over time, you can now purchase Bible software that allows you to do just that! In the days of yesteryear, you would…