It is our practise at Third Space to meet together for a meal every so often. These occasions are always very special as we sit with others with whom we can really be ourselves. Conversations vary from those that are deep and profound to those that are light hearted and full of laughter. Last night was no exception:
We began our meal with some lovely liturgy;
This is the table of new expectations
This is the table where everyone is welcome
This is the table for eating and drinking
This is the table for sharing stories, for laughter and fun
This is the table for honest conversation and being real
This is the table of friends and companions
This is the table where there is safety and acceptance
This is the table that is the natural place to be
This is the table where strength is restored
This is the table of Jesus our lord
This is the table of our community
Jonny Baker (adapted)
People were asked to pen additional lines to this liturgy. These were read out at the close of our meal.
Soups, cheeses, home made breads and wonderful puddings followed along with prayer for those known to us who are in need at the moment. During the meal we shared bread and wine.
This is the Table Third Space Version
This is the Wabi-Sabi * table where the broken and bruised meet the God who upcycles
This is the table where Martin, and Francis and Desmond would feel at home (ie Luther-King, Pope, Tutu)
This is the table where we practise for the Big Banquet
This is the table where we share lives …
This is the table where memories of past and present members of Third Space meet…
This is the table where we are joined by the Bread of Life
This is the table of laughter
This is the table of exploration
This is the table of NO homework!
This is the table of sharing
This is the table of the visionary united…
* Wabi connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.