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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, [...]

A Liturgy for the O Antiphons

December 13th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

As I compiled the COTA Advent Resource list for you last week, I came across the O Antiphons. While I'd heard of them before, I confess I had never paid much attention so I started doing some research. I have a tendency to get a little obsessed when I find something that interests me; if it's rooted in ancient practice and/or symbolic, double my obsession. Here's what the last week of my life has looked like: O Antiphon research. Here's what the last week of my life has not looked like: household chores.  Most of you are familiar with the [...]

Advent Resources

December 4th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

By Rebecca Taylor We have compiled the following resources to help guide you through the season of Advent. We pray they will be a blessing as you seek to hear the voice calling in the wilderness, proclaiming the coming Savior.   Prayers and Poems Christmas Prayer by Mother Teresa Advent Calendar by Rowan Williams Christmas Prayer by Henri Nowen O Sapientia by Malcolm Guite Prepare by Jan Richardson  Drawing Near by Jan Richardson An Advent poem by Walter Bruggemann A Celtic prayer leading up to Christmas: Watch and pray: the Lord shall come. Those who [...]

Advent 2018

December 1st, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

By Rebecca Taylor This Sunday marks the beginning of the new year in the Church calendar as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. It seems an odd time for the Church to begin its new year, because as people, we’re in the middle of one of our busiest seasons. All around us we’re in the process of finishing. Finishing the shopping, the wrapping, the baking, the Christmas cards, and in a few weeks, the calendar year. But this week, in the midst of all the finishing, the liturgical year is beginning.  Endings are strange things - they call us to the future. [...]

Rule of Life Series: Keeping Sabbath

November 7th, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

By The Rev. Cynthia Brust Keeping Sabbath Growing up between the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches, my concept of “Sabbath” was vague at best. I knew the Ten Commandments included a mandate to keep the seventh day holy, but I don’t remember anyone’s really explaining how that should look. I had a minimal understanding about the Old Testament practice of abstaining from all labor on Saturday and that we Christians moved our holy day to Sunday to honor and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. I assumed, therefore, that “keeping the Sabbath holy” could be fulfilled simply by going [...]

All Saints and All Souls Day

October 31st, 2018|Categories: COTA Blog|

By The Rev. Porter Taylor Memory and thanksgiving. They are part and parcel of the Christian life, friends. One could sum up the whole of Israel’s life in the Old Testament and the life of the early church with these two words. We are a people of memory and a people who give thanks to God for what he has given us. Is this not why we gather on Sunday mornings? This is heightened or brought into sharper focus during the two-day celebration of All Saints (Nov 1) and All Souls (Nov 2). All Saints [...]