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Ascension Day

May 29th, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]


May 2nd, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]

Holy Week Schedule

April 9th, 2019|Categories: 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


March 20th, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]

Resources for Lent

March 5th, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]

Lent 2019

March 5th, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]

Rule of Life Series: Eucharist & Corporate Worship

February 6th, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]

The Churching of a Woman and Her Family

January 29th, 2019|Categories: COTA Blog|

By Rebecca Taylor As I neared my due date, my midwife told me I’d developed the look. I think this will be your last appointment. I’d been having contractions off and on for days, none of them actually getting me closer to meeting my son. I was riddled with heartburn. Getting dressed felt like an Olympic sport. I couldn’t stand up or roll over without grunting. But still, no progress. I told her she was crazy. I don’t think this baby will ever come. Nope, you have the look. This will be your last appointment. [...]

The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: COTA Blog|

By The Rev. Porter Taylor On January 25th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The readings for the day are Psalm 67, Acts 26:9-21, Galatians 1:11-24, and Matthew 10:16-22. Below is a blog post written by The Rev. Porter Taylor about the feast day. The Collect: O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our [...]

The Feast of the Confession of St. Peter

January 16th, 2019|Categories: COTA Blog|

By The Rev. Porter Taylor On January 18th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter. The readings for the day are Psalm 23, Acts 4: 8-13, 1 Peter 5:1-4, and Matthew 16:13-19. Below is a blog post written by The Rev. Porter Taylor about the feast day. The Collect: Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, [...]