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….. It is never too late. Ours is the gospel of the ultimate chance. We are living at a time when our towns are dark, when our lives are dark with something other than night. But the light at the end of the tunnel spells out the dream of Hope. It proclaims the story that it’s love that turns on the light inside us and our world.

— COA founder, Herman Adrian Spruit

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August 2022


2022-08-22T04:33:05+00:00August 22, 2022|

The psalm for today says it! 1  Praise Yahweh, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples! 2  For his loving kindness is great toward us. Yahweh’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise Yah!  From The World English Bible (public domain)


2022-08-15T04:13:28+00:00August 15, 2022|

In Luke 12:49-53 We are told that Jesus said he came to set the world on fire, and these words may remind us of Acts 2:3. In that verse we are told that the Holy Spirit came to the disciples as tongues of fire. Fire is [...]

We Welcome Our New Bother and Sister!

2022-08-14T00:53:54+00:00August 14, 2022|

On August 13, 2022, CCOA received Bishop Rodrigo Faddoul, of Rio de Janeiro, and Rev. Mary Wagner, of the Chicago area. Bishop Rodrigo was formerly with another independent jurisdiction, and Rev. Mary was a priest in The National Catholic Church of North America (which has disbanded.) [...]

July 2022

Teach Us How to Pray

2022-07-26T05:26:53+00:00July 26, 2022|

Yesterday we heard the gospel reading, Luke 11:1-13. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, and he gave them, and us, what is called either the Lord's Prayer or the Our Father. CCOA founder, the late Patriarch Herman Spruit suggested, "...the first twenty-four [...]

June 2022

Holy Spirit

2022-06-13T07:04:50+00:00June 13, 2022|

Last week was Pentecost and we celebrated the BIG WOW! We listened to the story and noticed how the guys who snuck off instead of staying with Jesus on Good Friday suddenly became strong and courageous and spoke out, sharing the Good News. The Holy Spirit [...]

Stand up!

2022-06-02T00:00:17+00:00June 1, 2022|

Recent events have caused many feelings, and perhaps it is time to utilize those feelings to act as our ancestors did. It is time for us to stand up, once again.   “It was the powers of emotional stirrings within our original ancestors that stirred in [...]

May 2022

One in the Spirit….Love!

2022-05-29T20:20:54+00:00May 29, 2022|

We find the words, “…so that they may all be one….” in today’s reading, John 17:20-26. These words might lead us to believe all denominations, all churches and parishes, all Christians are to understand, believe, and worship in exactly the same ways. Yet, history tells us [...]

God as Mother

2022-05-09T00:57:20+00:00May 9, 2022|

As people in the United States celebrate Mother’s Day by honoring Mothers, let us also honor the feminine aspects of Creator God. Writers of the Scriptures have shown us that like earthly mothers who serve as our teachers, our comforter and our protector, God does the [...]

Do you love me?

2022-05-02T19:10:53+00:00May 2, 2022|

The reason Jesus asked Peter the same question three times in John 21:15-19 may seem obvious. Peter denied Jesus three times just before the crucifixion and now must face those denials. Jesus gently gives him a way to do this so he could move forward. Not [...]

April 2022

Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message, 2022

2022-04-17T06:20:25+00:00April 17, 2022|

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  Peace, joy, and Apostolic Blessing  Good Friday has come and gone in the liturgical cycle of the Church, yet in our secular experience, it seems as though we are still in the midst of it. The COVID 19 pandemic continues, [...]

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