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

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ThirdSpace’s Canticle of the sun

 Great God be praised by all your creation!

Brother Sun, we thank you for rising this morning to bring us hope and life

Your solar flares radiate out loud songs

Declaring the glory of all that is made.

Sister sky, we thank you for the ever-changing colours and moods we find in you

You remind us of the sun even when your clouds obscure him

And that God is with us when the darkness descends.

Brother earth, we thank you for the mystery of all that lies beneath your surface

For the life you sustain and the networks you support

Out of you we came, God remembers that we are dust

And out of this clay, our Potter makes all things new.

Sister Derwent, we thank you for the life you sustain and your beauty as you flow by

The sound of your water and the glory of your reflections

Remind us of God’s sustenance and that God’s justice shall flow like a never-failing stream.

Brother and sister birds, we thank you for the songs that you share with us

Filling our hearts with hope and joy, day by day, season by season.

Recipients of the words of Francis, you share in our worship today.

Sister trees, we give you thanks for your steadfast witness to our existence

For measuring the seasons and speaking truth in each one.

Your winter bareness declares the truth that death is not the end

Your blossom, resurrection life.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us testify that God, our Creator is good.

How can we fail to voice our praise?

Let every breath declare: God is good. God is good. God is good.

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God-Creed         ThirdSpace 2021

God believes in stuff, in matter, in atoms –

And so much so that she created all that is created out of this dynamic and palpitating element

And God works with the stuff to shape and to bring to order

And God so loves the world that she becomes en-atomed in Jesus, the baby and the man

And God commits all of herself to the mission of matter as Mother and Bearer and Nourisher of all.

God believes in us – and in all of the us’s in her creation

She breathes us forth from the red clay and appoints us stewards of her stuff, fellow workers with her

So much does God believe in us that she appoints us prophets and artists and justice servants – co-builders of the Kingdom Jesus himself inaugurated when he was one of us.

God believes in the rescue and redemption of us and of the world and this belief comes at great cost.

God believes in time – an aspect of her created order

God believes in the what-has-been, the now and the what-will-be

God has and is and will

All that is created will work out her purposes in the fullness of time and we are invited to that end of term feast

And this we anticipate in the meantime, as companions together; we meet around these dynamic elements – the bread and wine – redolent with the story we believe.

Bread

Wine

Amen

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PENTECOST BREAD AND WINE
There are advantages to being 1,986 years old. I have always had some advantages even when they weren’t apparent. “The Bride of Christ” is what they called me. Really! And I was barely out of nappies then.
I have carried that with me though – in the difficult times. I have had to. Remember those dear Copts will you?
People ask what the secret is to a long life. I think they’re expecting me to keel over tomorrow. I always reply, “Taking a little wine” and they laugh! Not realising, I suppose, that the blood is that which gives everlasting life. Wine and a little bread.
I suppose that age lends a certain perspective. Highs and lows – leaven leavens unevenly. Some ground is stony. But we march still. Eyes fixed on the Bridegroom – he who laid down his life for us.
So take now the bread – for you it might be us, the body or his body. Let it nurture.
So take now the wine – for you it might be Happy Birthday wine, the wine of renewal and resurrection.
And so in our 1,987th year, let’s now go out with hope as our guide and with faith our firm foundation. May you and yours be entwined in the Trinitarian God. Amen.

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Divine Entanglement with Bread and Wine

Look up, all around, entangled and surrounded, mind-blowingly all enveloping – God’s breathing, God’s love sweeping down and curling around.

Acknowledged blessing and unacknowledged blessing, love noticed and unnoticed, blessings overt and covert. Incidences and coincidences and God-incidences too complex for us to sort through and untangle. We are caught – in the web. God behind us, God in us, God before us.

Surrounded and enveloped by God’s care, those blessings obvious to us now and those blessings only to be known about in the future and those blessings perhaps never to be known by us.

God at work in us and in those around us and in those we love and in those we despair of. God’s love touching us, our ground, our lives through His humanity and love incarnated in Jesus.

We are surrounded in our space and time by roots, by branches, by leaves, by this living and growing 360 degree, multi dimensional, 24/7, God who loves. We are not tree hugging, but we are God- hugged.

And so while we are still indifferent, ignorant, hostile, unblissfully unaware, God loves us and in our hands we hold the bread and wine which expresses, encapsulates and enfleshes that Jesus love.

So why us? Why are we invited to this banquet under this umbrella of God’s love? Because we deserve it, merit it, lead good lives and have good theology? No, because God loves because he loves because he loves….

And so together as one body within God’s enveloping, connected with the worldwide family, we eat bread.

And so together as one body within God’s enveloping, connected with the worldwide family, we drink wine.

And so we have communed with God in this banquet but we do not now take our leave of Him. These roots and branches encircle and will not let us go even though we depart from this holy ground. He goes before us, marks our steps and our way.

And so we pray for all:

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.

AMEN!

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The NOW Liturgy

We are caught in NOW. We have no option. We wrestle to change the past and mould the future. But we know you call us to NOW; you gift us NOW. This NOW moment is for us alone and we give thanks.

We thank you for past faithfulness – for the created order in which we live and breathe, for our journeys of discovery to this point, for your enduring love expressed in Jesus who first took bread and transformed it in his self-giving on the cross.

We thank you for our future hope of all things renewed. A future free of anxiety and fear and tears, where the Kingdom of Justice and Righteousness shall reign, the Lion and the Lamb shall sit together and on the throne: King Jesus dispensing renewed wine.

And NOW we take and eat bread together – our common fellowship transformed. AMEN!
And NOW we take and drink wine together – our little fellowship joined with those around the world into eternity. AMEN!

And NOW may all be blessed, freed from past regrets and future worries. Send us out into new NOWNESS to join Jesus who is of course already there. Hold tightly and wait for the LORD. AMEN!

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.

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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

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The bread and Wine

Jesus, teacher, healer, leader, story teller and friend,

We meet together to remember you.

Your life and example,

Your words of guidance,

Your sacrifice as a gift of love.

We remember with bread

Jesus wedding guest, table sharer, foot washer and affirmer,

We drink wine together to remember you.

Your actions and relationships,

Your wisdom and compassion,

Your death and resurrection.

We remember with 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

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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

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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.