"The main business of a Christian is to go through the world turning water into wine."   Anonymous


Vision & Values

Our vision:
  • To provide a lifestyle and environment which encourages and nurtures personal and corporate spiritual growth and development
  • To be a place of prayer and retreat seeking to serve and support local churches and parishes, and
  • To seek to incorporate and model Christian values by developing a fully integrated lifestyle

Community | Simplicity | Hospitality | Servanthood | Prayer

Community

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty”- Mother Teresa

 

Our primary call is to be 'Ambassadors of God's Friendship'.

We live in a western society in which there has been a huge leakage of 'social capital'. Policy makers, social commentators and governments alike have become increasingly concerned about this breakdown of society, communities and families. At all levels of society there is an evident loosening of communal bonds; a widespread social disconnectedness and civic disengagement.

We are committed to the rebuilding of bonds of friendship, connectedness and community at the local grassroots level. We believe that 'social transformation' is at the heart of Christ's agenda which involves loving one's neighbor as oneself.

Living in a society characterised by individualism, alienation, isolation and intense loneliness, we find that we are all strangers

Therefore seeking to build an example of a more civil society, a 'Community of Welcome', based on Christ's teachings is probably the most significant and redemptive service we have to offer to the world.

It is also the best way in which we can bear witness to the love of God for all people:

“This is how everyone will recognise that you are my disciples-- when they see the love you have for each other”--Jesus

At Kodesh our Common Life is based around five core values: Community, Hospitality, Simplicity, Servanthood and Prayer:

 

Community.

“We will never know what community is if we never come together in one place. It emerges when we are prepared to find meaningful common goals and purposes.

Community, the fragile gift of commonality, is built on deeds and comes about when people are prepared to love and serve one another. The secret of community lies not in its creative and enthusiastic beginnings, nor its great moments of celebration and revelation. Rather it lies in the daily rhythm of faithful and joyful service.

It cannot be sustained unless we respond to the call to lay aside our pride, priorities and positions of power and to clothe ourselves with the garment of humility Ideals must be outworked practically in the mundaneness of an everyday living.” (from 'Dare to Journey'- Charles Ringma)

Simplicity:

Simplifying your life is really the process of giving yourself freedom- Thomas Kincade

For us simplicity is about focus. Divesting our lives of excess, clutter and accumulation, of anything that can act as a distraction, to enable us to pursue the 'important' things of life single-mindedly.

It is also an attempt to live more lightly on the earth, to reduce our 'carbon footprint' and to consume less in order to give more. It involves us in actively caring for creation and , in our case, supporting work among Asia's urban poor.

Rather than becoming a legalistic bondage and hardship, we believe that a lifestyle informed by 'simplicity' will most likely be characterised by a cheerful generosity and the ability to find cause for celebration and joy in the unspectacular events of everyday living.

I do not think that any civilization can be called complete until it has progressed from sophistication to unsophistication, and made a conscious return to simplicity of thinking and living”--Lin Yutang

Hospitality:

“Hospitality is a lens through which we can read and understand most of the Gospel and a practice by which we can welcome Jesus Himself”--Christine D Phol

Hospitality, 'the prayer of the threshold', has been called the most ancient and universal of all prayers. Acts of welcome and friendship, deeds of kindness , courtesy and acceptance are ways to allow the gifts of life that have come to us to flow out into the world. It is to rekindle the ancient art of 'receiving the stranger' and each other as Christ has received us. Hospitality opens a doorway into the Kingdom of God.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”--Jesus

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”--Hebrews 13:1

Servanthood:

Great opportunities to help others seldom come but small ones surround us everyday”- Anon.

Our understanding is that the whole of life is sacred and the most humble and simple acts of service can be offered up as worship. “ God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of 'sacrifice' though– the kind that takes place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.”(Hebrews 13:16 The Message)

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday,ordinary life – your sleeping, eating ,going-to-work, and walking-around life-- and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12.1 The Message )

Servanthood is being available to support and meet the needs of others rather than feverishly pursuing our own projects, goals and plans. It is finding joy and fulfillment in the mundane ordinary daily tasks.

Prayer:

'Our work should be born out of prayer and sustained by prayer”-Jacqes Ellul

While we express God's concern for the world in our respective spheres of service and work, we sustain the daily rhythm of that call by prayer. Prayer is our source of refreshment and encouragement and is at the heart of community. Life together ,if Christian, is based on the presence of the divine 'Other'. From this relationship and centre all other aspects of the life and ministry of the community flows.

Individually and corporately many different styles and aspects of prayer are explored – intercession , worship, adoration,reflection, meditation, contemplation, silence etc.

Through prayer we also connect with the lives and ministries of our many. friends, associates and other groups and communities worldwide.

The purpose of Christian community is to lead members into an unbroken awareness of the life of the Spirit continually renewing us”-- John Cassion