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A Liturgy During a Pandemic

March 16th, 2020|Categories: COTA Blog|

By The Rev. Porter C. Taylor This post was originally posted on my blog. One of the beautiful things about liturgy is that it can be used to mark the highest highs and lowest lows of life. The joys of birth, baptism, marriage, and ordination are commemorated with individual rites; the sorrow of death has its own liturgy; we mark time by day, week, and year with various offices. Liturgy helps us answer the question, How then shall we pray? As we face this global pandemic of COVID-19, many of us find ourselves full of anxiety. [...]

O Antiphons 2019

December 17th, 2019|Categories: COTA Blog|

Most of you are familiar with the O Antiphons even if you're not: we sing them in the hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. The O Antiphons are sung in Vespers during the last seven days of Advent, and were first referenced in the 6th century. Together, they trace the history of God's covenant with Israel from Creation to the Incarnation. Each one references an attribute of Christ, as prophesied in Isaiah. Since COTA doesn't have the service of Vespers, Rebecca has written an evening liturgy for individuals and families to use for the last week of Advent incorporating the O Antiphons. [...]

The Feast of St. Luke

October 16th, 2019|Categories: COTA Blog|

By The Rev. Porter Taylor Collect: Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The evangelist and physician, Luke, has provided the church with a wealth of detail, historical context, and beautifully articulated depictions of God’s love [...]

Holy Cross Day

September 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

By The Rev. Porter Taylor The liturgical year presents the Church with many opportunities to reflect upon Christ’s work on the cross. On Good Friday we are invited to meditate upon the agony and pain, the love and obedience, the silence and awe of His crucifixion. One typically leaves the Good Friday liturgy full of sorrow and torment mixed with thanksgiving for God’s unrelenting love. We then return to the cross, in a way, on Easter as we come to flower the cross with our own blooms and blossoms, celebrating that what was intended for [...]

August Reading

August 7th, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]

The Glory and the Majesty

July 31st, 2019|Categories: 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.” [...]

Feasts of St. Mary Magdalene and St. James

July 24th, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]

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