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Posts by Fr. Hunter Ruffin (Page 3)

Posts by Fr. Hunter Ruffin (Page 3)

Being Epiphany

On the evening of January 5, we gathered to celebrate our titular feast day. We gathered to celebrate The Epiphany that is recounted in scripture, and we gathered to celebrate the final scene that is almost always associated with the Christmas creche, although it likely was sometime after the birth of Christ that the magi appeared to see the Christ child. We gathered to celebrate the fact that these strangers from a far away land make a journey to Bethlehem…

Lambs in the Midst of Wolves

At the end of each service, with the exception of the services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, we are dismissed by a deacon of the church. At the end of our worship, the deacon steps into her particular role of leadership within the life of the church. It is at this moment that the ways that deacons lead in the life of the church have become most poignant to me, and it is in this moment that…

The Shaping of Liturgy

In his book For the Life of the World, liturgical theologian Alexander Schmemann begins his small treatise on the sacramental life of the church with an opening chapter that is boldly asking where it is that the sacramental life of the church actually begins. Is it through Christ that we receive the sacraments? (To which, of course, we can only respond with a resounding yes.) Or is it that God gifted to humanity the sacramental life from the very beginning?…

What is Liturgy?

What is liturgy? This is the question that we began with during our Advent Wednesday forum last night. It makes sense for us to begin with a question of what liturgy actually is because of the role that it plays in the life of our parish. As Episcopalians, we are the weird ones on the Protestant block because we have held on to the sacramental life of the church in a way that is very different from most of our…

Sunday Morning Hospitality Team

Every Sunday, we gather as a community to worship God, and once worship is concluded we look forward to the 8th sacrament of the church: coffee and donuts. At Church of the Epiphany, we need your help to make coffee hour a success! You can help us by joining a Sunday Morning Hospitality Team! Each team will be made up of 4 people and will serve once every 8 weeks or about 6 times a year. To volunteer for a…

Praying Advent: Christmas Eve

Praise      Lauds (Traditional hour: dawn/waking up) Laudate, omnes gentes, laudate Dominum! [Sing praises, all people, sing praises to the Lord!] We greet the new day by praising the Creator. Opening: Praise the Lord, O my soul: Praise God’s holy name. Scripture In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to…

Praying Advent: Day 22

Praise      Lauds (Traditional hour: dawn/waking up) Laudate, omnes gentes, laudate Dominum! [Sing praises, all people, sing praises to the Lord!] We greet the new day by praising the Creator. Opening: Praise the Lord, O my soul: Praise God’s holy name. Scripture In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her…

Praying Advent: Day 21

Praise      Lauds (Traditional hour: dawn/waking up) Laudate, omnes gentes, laudate Dominum! [Sing praises, all people, sing praises to the Lord!] We greet the new day by praising the Creator. Opening: Praise the Lord, O my soul: Praise God’s holy name. Scripture They rose early in the morning and worshipped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. In due time Hannah conceived and bore a…

Praying Advent: Day 20

Praise      Lauds (Traditional hour: dawn/waking up) Laudate, omnes gentes, laudate Dominum! [Sing praises, all people, sing praises to the Lord!] We greet the new day by praising the Creator. Opening: Praise the Lord, O my soul: Praise God’s holy name. Scripture Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right,for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast,who keeps the sabbath, not…

Praying Advent: Day 19

Praise      Lauds (Traditional hour: dawn/waking up) Laudate, omnes gentes, laudate Dominum! [Sing praises, all people, sing praises to the Lord!] We greet the new day by praising the Creator. Opening: Praise the Lord, O my soul: Praise God’s holy name. Scripture Sing, O barren one who did not bear; burst into song and shout, you who have not been in labour!For the children of the desolate woman will be more than the children of her that is married, says the Lord.…

Praying Advent: Day 18

Praise      Lauds (Traditional hour: dawn/waking up) Laudate, omnes gentes, laudate Dominum! [Sing praises, all people, sing praises to the Lord!] We greet the new day by praising the Creator. Opening: Praise the Lord, O my soul: Praise God’s holy name. Scripture I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west,…

Praying Advent: Day 17

Praise      Lauds (Traditional hour: dawn/waking up) Laudate, omnes gentes, laudate Dominum! [Sing praises, all people, sing praises to the Lord!] We greet the new day by praising the Creator. Opening: Praise the Lord, O my soul: Praise God’s holy name. Scripture Ah, soiled, defiled, oppressing city! It has listened to no voice; it has accepted no correction.It has not trusted in the Lord; it has not drawn near to its God. At that time I will change the speech…