We all have a part to play


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Theme: Communion – inclusiveness of the Christian message. Consider the joy of taking part – being invited to take part in bread and wine. An important aspect of creation was that God wants us all to feel included – a part of His world.

Key words/themes: Belonging, Communion

Introduction: Produce a ‘Buzz’ Light-year. One of the first men on the moon was called Buzz.

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(Idea taken from Cracking Assemblies – Margaret Cooling)

This is taken from Buzz Aldrin’s account On the day of the moon landing they woke up at 5.30a (Houston time, mission control centre in North America).

Neil and Buzz separated from Mike Collins in the command module which was orbiting the moon and they carefully flew down to the surface of the moon. With only seconds’ worth of fuel left, they touched down at 3.30pm.

… Now was the time for communion. So I unpacked the elements (bread and wine) in their flight packets. I put them and the Bible reading on the little table in front of the abort guidance-system computer. Then I called Houston.

“Houston, this is Eagle. This is the LM Pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments’ silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way.”

For Buzz, this meant taking Communion. In the blackout (silence) he opened the little plastic packages, which contained bread and wine. He poured wine into the cup that his parish church had given him and in the low gravity of the moon (one-sixty) the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the cup. It was interesting for him to think that the first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there too, were the bread and wine of communion, celebrating and remembering the life and death of Jesus.

Later that day, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their lunar module on the surface on the moon, at a place called Tranquillity, they were the first men ever to be there.

Later that day, they put their full space suits on and stepped out of the spacecraft and took a walk onto the moon. Their footprints are the first foot prints on the moon – and because there is no rain or wind on the moon – you could see them today – exactly the same as it was over 35 years ago. In fact, they will be there for a very long time.

Just as Christian’s believe that God’s love, and what Jesus said and did, will last for a very long time too.

Pupils' response

As we close with prayer, think about moments that have been very special for you – think about that special moment for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for times in our lives that make us feel part of something very big. Thank you for the world you created and making us part of it. Amen