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Our Covenant

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” [Acts 2:42-47]

Entering into this community, we commit to Relationship.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [Matthew 22:37]

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit exist in relationship. We will pursue authenticity by cultivating a deep knowledge of God, ourselves, each other, our neighbours and the ‘hood. Our pursuit of Christ in practicing spiritual disciplines teaches us to love fully.

We take the time to know who we are in Christ. We take a posture of vulnerability and forgiveness; challenging one another to live a life worthy of the calling by living as brothers and sisters, accountable to our Father. We share life with our neighbours; we conspire for the betterment of Bowness by sharing our gifts and time and through active participation in a Bownesian church and in the neighbourhood.

Entering into this community, we commit to Prayer.

The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth. [Psalm 145:18]

God is near to us, and we choose to respond to our Maker through prayer. We acknowledge that prayer changes us and changes things, and so we pray. Prayer brings awareness of God’s will, presence, love and grace. We choose to support each other by praying together and praying for others.

Entering into this community, we commit to Service.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many. [Philippians 4:1-4, Matthew 20:28]

Christ came to serve. We also commit to serving each other, friends, strangers, and our enemies (those who oppose our cause). We champion the dignity of others by recognizing we are all made in the image of God. We do this in our home, through our church(es) and on our street.

Entering into this community, we commit to be a Resource.

They felt that what they owned was not their own, and so they shared everything they had. [Acts 4:32]

God is the source. We have been given much, and it is meant to be shared. We invite all to the table, celebrate music & the arts and give space for conversation. The structure of our home provides a safe space, a support network and a place of fellowship. We are hospitable and authentic. We hold loosely to our possessions.  All these, through love, we will share.

Entering into this community, we commit to Participation In The Kingdom.

Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the Kingdom is not something that can be observed…the Kingdom of God is in your midst.” [Luke 17:20-21]

Jesus is establishing His kingdom on earth. We submit to His movement and choose to care for God’s people and creation by living in solidarity with the vulnerable and marginalized and working locally and globally for peace and justice.

Entering into this community, we commit to working together in Him, to heal of what’s broken in society.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. [John 15:1-11]

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2012 12:09 am

    The look for the website is a tad off in Epiphany. Even So I like your weblog. I might have to install a normal browser just to enjoy it.

  2. Stephanie warkentin permalink
    February 25, 2013 4:44 am

    Hello people of the common house,
    I got your web site from a fellow named Scott Martin. I was explaining to him that I have found myself lacking (for a few years now) in a solid authentic community of Christ and Christ followers. I have harboured much bitterness and resentment towards the church and and now I find myself at the bottom of the pit questioning how I got here.with that all said, I know what I need and it’s to be part of something bigger than me and out of my control. So I would like to get involved and once again live a worth while life for Jesus and community. Please let me know if I can be of any help I’m a huge fan of community and showing God’s love through actions and words if nessasary.
    Thank you

    • February 25, 2013 7:44 am

      Hey Steph, I have also struggled with (and continue to struggle with) the church, but have found a home at the House of Commons. Literally. Because I live here now. But also metaphorically, because I feel like there’s a place for me within the community even though I’m more cynical and distrustful than most. So I feel like you could fit in real nicely. We love help with dinners on Thursdays, or you can stop by and chat, in the summer we need help with gardening, etc etc…maybe start by coming to one of our din-dins on Thursday evenings. Every thursday at 7 pm. And you can come earlier if you want to provide an assist in the kitchen. Let us know!
      Megan Biggs, esq.

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