Monday, September 24, 2012

Koinonia Community & Us

Koinonia is a Christian farm community founded in 1942 by Clarence & Florence Jordan and Martin & Mabel England. Home of the Cotton Patch Gospel, birthplace of Habitat for Humanity and other ministries. Still growing pecans and peanuts, welcoming visitors, and living the "demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God." (from their website)

I preached using Clarence Jordan and his life a few weeks ago and was very impressed with his understanding that we need to work on racial reconciliation and to help those in need. You can read more about him here.

Every day the Koinonia bell rings at 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m

At 10:30, 3:30 and 8:30 each day you will hear the sound of a bell ringing at Koinonia. You will see each of us stop what we are doing to pray, meditate, reflect. We go into the silence to rest for a moment. We come out renewed. This time reminds us why we are here, helps us to think about the meaning of Koinonia and to reflect on the meaning of being a demonstration plot for the kingdom of God.

Whether here at Koinonia, around the corner, or on the other side of the earth, we ask that you join us in these important moments each day. They not only allow us to focus and seek blessing, but they can be a means of bringing us together. They remind us that we are all God's children and though we may have different responsibilities, it is together that we can bring about the Kingdom of God. (from their website)

On Twitter, I tweet a portion of prayers from the BCP on the Human Family & Social Justice that I think fit nicely with what Clarence Jordan and Koinonia have to teach us today:

(8:30) - Grant O God, that your holy & life-giving Spirit may move every human heart that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice & peace

(3:30) - O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us in Jesus: break down the walls that separate us, unite us in bonds of love

(10:30) - O God you made us in your image & redeemed us in Jesus. Look with compassion on us take away the arrogance & hatred which infect our hearts

Join us on Twitter or wherever you may be for prayer at 10:30 AM & 3:30 & 8:30 PM!
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