Resources

From time to time we write our own prayers and liturgies, come up with original ideas and so we decided to share them on this page. You are welcome to use anything we post and we would be grateful if you would acknowledge Third Space when you do so.

Liturgies

Litany of thanksgiving:

For this time, this place, this day, these people
For calling us to this church, this freedom, this worship
We give thanks to the Lord for he is good
His love endures for ever.

For the changing seasons, light and weather,
For trees and birdsong and river and skies
For needless beauty and endless diversity…
That all creation joins with our praise today
That the sun sings and the earth hums…
If we were silent the very stones would sing his praise
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, 
the whole earth is full of his glory

For those we love, for those who love us
For those we struggle with and those who struggle with us
For old friends and new ones, for friendships yet to be made and for reunions
For all human goodness that speaks of your presence
For our frailty that drives us to acknowledge our dependence on you
We affirm that you Lord are God
It is you who made us and we are yours
For you know how we were formed
You remember that we are dust

For the freedom we enjoy
For choice and wealth and healthcare and education and opportunities and democracy
For holidays and leisure and comfort
For the privilege to be called to give to those who do not have these things
In this sacred place we remember that these are your gifts and affirm our calling
Your kingdom come, your will be done
On earth as in heaven

For the shalom you promise
For the call to press on together as companions on the journey
For your foundational underpinning, support, comfort, direction and strength
For your constant presence – your very name spoken with each breath we take
For Jesus – for all he has done, all he does, all he will yet do for us
For loving us
Salvation and glory and power belong to you our God

***

Autumn Liturgy

In the fading of the summer sun,

The shortening of days, cooling breezes

Swallows’ flight and moonlight rays

We see the Creator’s hand.

 

In the browning of the leaves once green

Morning mists, autumn chill

Fruit that falls, frost’s first kiss

We see the Creator’s hand.

 

In the cold, wet, wind and dark

Dormancy and Death

Hibernation

A storing up for Winter

We see the Creator’s hand.

 

In the crunching of golden leaves under foot

In low-lying sunlight

Shiny conkers

In their soft velvet wraps

We see the Creator’s hand.

 

In the shortening of days

A real fire at night and warming meals

The golden reddening leaves

Shortening days and drawn curtains

We see the Creator’s hand.

 

In dark nights and shelter in autumn winds

A legacy of harvest and

Multiplying seeds- a mystery

We see the Creator’s hand.

 

In the shutting of doors and lighting of fires

Hunkering down

The dormancy illusion

Death planting preparations

We see the Creator’s hand.

***

Prayers 

The Lord’s Prayer by Third Space

God, who cares for us,

The wonder of your presence fills us with awe.

Your name, your very nature, is holy.

All creation resonates with it!

Let all people come to proclaim it!

May we move into your presence and unimpeded love.

Let not our will, but your will and purposes be fulfilled in our lives here on Earth.

Give us the material things you know we need to survive.

Release us – as indeed we release others – from the debt of wrong doing.

Strengthen us for difficult times.

Liberate us from all that is evil.

For You reign in majesty, in love,

 Power and glory from the beginning of time and forever more.

Amen

***

The bread and Wine

The bread

It represents

The provision of God

The bountiful harvest

The work of the labourer

The hands of the baker

In remembrance

Of bread broken

And shared

Of a body broken

Of a people blessed

And a forgiveness shared

The wine

It represents

The provision of God

The bountiful harvest

The work of the labourer

The skill of the vintner

In remembrance

The ransom paid

The hands pierced

The blood shed

The redemption

The celebration of the resurrection

***

Seasons

In the Spring of my life the bread and wine spoke of

physical pain and suffering endured on

my behalf to save me from everlasting torment

 

In the Summer of my life the bread and wine spoke of

heartbreaking abandonment of the

Son by the Father to save me from

everlasting separation and emptiness

 

In the Autumn of my life the

bread and wine speak of completion

and fulfilment to allow me to bring a harvest

 

In the Winter of my life the bread and wine

will speak of deep preparation to allow

me an entrance and homecoming

 

This is the bread of the seed sown, the plant grown,

 the grain harvested and the strength gained.

We break it and remember our Lord of the seasons

 

This is the wine of the vine planted, the fruit grown,

the grapes crushed and the richness gained.

We drink it and remember our Lord of the seasons

***

For Outdoor worship

Roots and Wings

This morning we are here to touch the cold, wet, earth

Firm under our feet

Here we are rooted and grounded

In this Thin Space/Third Space

To stand on …

 God made Holy Ground,

This is holy ground …

Giving us roots and wings,

Here in this place teeming with creatures

like the first creation, 

Seeing the magnificence 

elemental, historical, futuristic

Where the grass sings and the earth hums

Roots and wings

Rooting us, upholding us

Help us to see God in this place

All connecting, my life, our lives, all life

to share our own joys, sorrows and laughter

and intercede for all in God’s earth.