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August Reading

By |2019-08-07T19:09:41-05:00August 7th, 2019|COTA Blog|

Summer is drawing to a close, but it's not too late to get in some more summer reading! Here are a few blogs, articles, and books we recommend for these last few weeks of summer! Blog Posts and Articles Artifacts and Female Clergy Church Discovery Millennial Nuns Rethinking Heaven Sermon from 1853 (preached at the ordination of the first female ordained in a mainstream denomination) "Learning to Love the Whole Church" Anglican Spiritual Formation Books The Second Mountain by David Brooks Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle Taste and See by Margaret Feinberg The [...]

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The Glory and the Majesty

By |2019-07-31T15:18:24-05:00July 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|

By The Rev. Porter Taylor The Feast of the Transfiguration (celebrated August 6) is one of my favorite feasts in the entire church calendar. While other holy days merely commemorate a person or an event, this one is powerful because it is very easy to imagine the palpable glory and majesty which the disciples saw displayed atop Mount Tabor. The Feast of the Transfiguration is a high and holy day (pardon the liturgical pun) because we are invited to ascend the mountain with Jesus and the disciples and there “behold the King in His beauty.” [...]

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Feasts of St. Mary Magdalene and St. James

By |2019-07-24T10:31:37-05:00July 24th, 2019|COTA Blog|

by The Rev. Porter Taylor One of my favorite words to describe my theological work with the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer is “juxtaposition.” Perhaps it is the influence of Alexander Schmemann and Gordon Lathrop—both liturgical theologians and both of whom highly value this concept—but the concept for juxtaposition is very simple: what happens when you put x next to y? An example or two might be helpful here. For liturgy, what does it mean when the Confession is prayed within the Prayers of the People as opposed to the opening liturgy during [...]

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Ascension Day

By |2019-05-29T21:16:04-05:00May 29th, 2019|COTA Blog|

By The Rev. Porter Taylor Today the Church celebrates Ascension Day. The readings for the day are Psalm 47 (or Psalm 93), Acts 1:1-22, Ephesians 1:15-23, and Luke 24:44-53.  The Collect: Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory [...]

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By |2019-05-02T10:25:35-05:00May 2nd, 2019|COTA Blog|

Our weekly evening Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, May 8 with our new five-week series, Iconic. Words matter. Their meanings matter. But over time, words change. Their meanings evolve. Myriad used to mean precisely 10,000. Now it just means a lot. Literally used to mean verbatim, precisely. Now it’s a handy, almost decorative, word to add emphasis. Awful used to mean full and worthy of awe. Now it means horrible. Literally.  Sometimes these shifts are simply reflections of humanity’s creative stamp on language. But sometimes, they’re iconic failures. Icon, for example. Icon used to refer to “a person [...]

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Holy Week Schedule

By |2019-04-09T13:16:02-05:00April 9th, 2019|COTA Blog|

Please join us for our Holy Week services at The Martin (13440 Holmes Road, KCMO). Procession of the Palms & Service of Holy Eucharist, Sunday, April 14, 10:15AM Maundy Thursday Service of Foot Washing and Holy Eucharist Thursday, April 18, 7:00PM Good Friday Service Friday, April 19, 7:00PM Feast of the Resurrection Service of Holy Eucharist Sunday, April 21, 10:15AM

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By |2019-03-20T14:34:32-05:00March 20th, 2019|COTA Blog|

Church of the Apostles places a high value on creativity and the arts. We are delighted to share a poem by one of our newest members, Debra Roberts, written during a worship service on Easter 2001. Debra and her husband Tom are a wonderful addition to our faith community! Collision   My two worlds - they intersect Upon the cross where Jesus hung Where God’s Right And Human Wrongs Collide   Where Death and Hope abide Where Pain and Prayer reside The real breakpoint in life   Religious life and secular Ordinary and spectacular One [...]

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Resources for Lent

By |2019-03-20T14:38:06-05:00March 5th, 2019|COTA Blog|

By Rebecca Taylor We have compiled the following resources to help guide you through the season of Lent. Our Lenten theme for 2019 is Tears: Silence, Sound, and Song.   Prayers and Poems Collision by Debra Roberts (COTA Member) Lenten Poems by Malcolm Guite Where Breath Begins by Jan Richardson Beloved is Where We Begin by Jan Richardson A 15th Century Irish Prayer: O Son of God, do a miracle or me and change my heart. Thy having taken flesh to redeem me was more difficult than to transform my wickedness. Lenten Examen Lenten Prayer of [...]

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Lent 2019

By |2019-03-05T14:30:17-05:00March 5th, 2019|COTA Blog|

by Rebecca Taylor Each day your body produces 1.4ml of tears. Those tears serve a biological purpose: they keep your eyes healthy and functioning. So every day, 1.4ml of tears form in your eyes when you don’t cry. But sometimes you do cry. Babies cry an average of 1-3 hours each day. Adults cry an average of 3-6 times each month. All of these tears, the keep-my-eye-functioning tears, the I-chopped-an-onion tears, and the I’m-overcome-with-emotion tears, add up. To be more accurate, they add up to 15 to 30 gallons of tears each year. Tears are one of the few things every [...]

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Rule of Life Series: Eucharist & Corporate Worship

By |2019-02-06T13:48:46-05:00February 6th, 2019|COTA Blog|

by The Rev. Porter Taylor Our most powerful memories are often tied to our senses and the way we experience the world. We can usually remember the first time we read a certain book or listened to a new album because of the feelings they evoked in us; we can smell the brand-new pages or remember the weather outside because the memory is made all the more tangible by these seemingly insignificant factors. A meal can have the same effect. Associations form in the brain as we experience particularly enjoyable or upsetting events, and those [...]

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