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Friends at First,

           Do you know what food and drink were first consumed on the Moon? Wine and a communion wafer.
It happened on July 20, 1969. Fifty years ago this month. Webster Presbyterian Church, (Webster Texas), recalls the event on its website:

 On July 20, 1969, when the first Apollo mission landed on the moon, ruling elder Buzz Aldrin, as an act of thanksgiving, celebrated Holy Communion as an extension of the WPC congregation  with the chalice and elements given to him by the church before he left Earth. WPC members were unique participants during the historic service as they gathered for communion in the same hour.

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong had to wait more than an hour in the Lunar Module before stepping out and taking the first steps on the lunar surface. Aldridge recalls:

On a three-by-five card on which I had written the scripture, I read out loud: ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit ... Apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).’ 

I ate the tiny wafer and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon and the very first food eaten there were the communion elements.

Later Aldridge admitted that it had been an extremely important act for him, but he also acknowledged that he wished he could have done something to celebrate the momentous occasion for all people.

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of this month (as is our monthly custom), but it is one in the same service as Aldridge offered on the moon, a sacrament that is out-of-this-world-mysterious. Even more importantly, every communion is a reminder that the God of Scripture is out of this world/come into this world: Emmanuel.

 

Yours in Christ

 

                          Tempe’