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Shaping the Space


Voice 1:
Last night, 50 years ago
humans who have all their days looked to the moon
did an amazing thing

Voice 2:
First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

Voice 1:
After days of journeying
across a short distance of space
between earth and the moon
the command module with three humans inside
caught the gravity of our only satellite
and paused in orbit before an even greater thing

Voice 2:
First this: God spoke: “Light!”
        And light appeared.
    God saw that light was good
        and separated light from dark.
    God named the light Day,
        he named the dark Night.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day One.

Voice 1:
Last night, 50 years ago
two of those three men
found themselves in the lunar module
that landed on the soft surface of the moon

Voice 2:
First this: God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
        Shine in Heaven’s sky!
    Separate Day from Night.
        Mark seasons and days and years,
    Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
        And there it was.

Voice 1:
Last night, 50 years ago
in one of the most historic human endeavours so far
and with words that have never been forgotten
Neil Armstrong
set foot on the surface of the moon
“One small step for man
One giant leap for mankind”

Voice 2:
First this: God made two big lights, the larger
        to take charge of Day,
    The smaller to be in charge of Night;
        and he made the stars.
    God placed them in the heavenly sky
        to light up Earth
    And oversee Day and Night,
        to separate light and dark.
    God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Four.

Voice 1:
Last night, 50 years ago
the Eagle landed on the lunar surface


50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

                             Genesis 1



This was the week of the moon landing anniversary and the same week Donald Trump told four US congresswomen to 'go home'


There are moments in history
that we believe shape us
that grow our minds
expand our understanding
move us to a new place as humanity

And there are other moments
that reduce us
that offer up tiny minds
that make us less than we can be

And in a week celebrating moon landings
we have had both
from the breadth of space
we are brought back to earth by racism

May we
in faith
decide what we believe about our future:
the adventure of what we can achieve
or one shaped by our prejudice
because what we believe about the future
shapes how we live today

Good morning



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