Communion on the Moon

Do you by chance get to see the Super Moon last night?  I missed seeing it last night, but got a glimpse of it this morning.  It reminded me of a story I read recently about communion on the moon. 

‘Apollo 11 landed on the surface of the moon on Sunday, July 20, 1969.  Most of us are familiar with Armstrong’s historic statement as he stepped onto the moon’s surface: “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” But few know about the first meal eaten there.

Buzz Aldrin, an elder of a Presbyterian church, had brought aboard the spacecraft a tiny communion kit provided by his church.  Aldrin sent a radio broadcast to earth asking listeners to contemplate the events of that day and give thanks.

Then, in radio blackout for privacy, Aldrin poured wine into a silver chalice.  “I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup,” he later wrote.  He then ready, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit” (John 15:5).  Silently, he gave thanks and partook of the bread and cup.’ (D. Fisher)

 You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
 Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
 See if there is any offensive way in me,

    and lead me in the way everlasting.  (Psalm 139 NIV)

“If I go up to the heavens, you are there.”-(Psalm 139:8)  God is everywhere, and our worship should reflect this reality.  In Psalm 139 we are told that wherever we go, God is intimately present with us, even thousands of miles away on the moon, God is there with us. 

Living life in quarantine, cut off from our ‘normal lives’, spending time away from church, family, and friends we may feel alone—however, God is present with us.  May we take comfort today knowing that no matter our situation, our location, our emotional state, God is there with us.  May we draw close to God today.

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