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Living God's Love...

.is an invitation to journey

It's an opportunity to discover new things about God, ourselves and the world, to look with fresh eyes and explore new ways.

In particular, it is a call to the parishes, schools and people of the Diocese of St Albans to Go Deeper into God,Transform Communities and Make New Disciples.

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Moonwalk with God

July 1969 saw one of mankind's greatest technological achievements - the first landing on the moon. Many of you will remember watching the grainy images of the Apollo I I mission on your TV screens. From the launch at the Kennedy Space Center to when the astronauts `splashed down' in the North Pacific Ocean the whole world seemed to be glued to their TVs. Every day of the mission had broadcasts from the BBC's `space studio' in Lime Grove Studios in London.

The actual moon landing and subsequent moonwalk took place in the middle of the night here in the UK. However, both the BBC and ITV broadcast the events throughout the night, it was the first all-night broadcast on British television. A lunar landing had been the stuff of science-fiction just a few years previously, and around the world millions of people watched the mission with mixed emotions of awe, fascination, pride and fear.

I remember my maths teacher, Mr Davis, justifying our class missing a lesson to watch some of the images broadcast on TV by saying, "This is more important than maths! " I was just twelve years old when I saw Neil Armstrong making the first human footprint on the surface of the m 00n. It had quite an impact on me. So much so that, when I realised that

Ely Cathedral were holding an exciting Space Exhibition to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, I decided to check it out, along with my husband Richard.

As we entered the Cathedral by the west door we were struck by the sight of the moon suspended in the nave. The `Museum of the Moon' is an art installation, by UK artist Luke Jerram, which measures an impressive seven metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Lit from within, the 1:500,000 scale replica hangs well above eye level dominating the nave and, with the architectural details of the cathedral in the background, it is mesmerising.

There was also an intriguing display of exhibits and replicas orbiting the "Museum of the Moon', with a replica of the space suit worn by Neil Armstrong, an ancient star atlas, fragments of meteorites and space food for astronauts including a bacon sandwich created for Tim Peake. The quirkiest item on display had to be the space toilet! I find the sight of the full n hanging in the darkened sky rather hypnotic and stirring. I am reminded that God created the moon and the stars, in fact the whole universe.

I recall the words in the Psalm 8,

"I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and of the moon and stars you put in place". And as I gaze at the moon on the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, I will remember Neil Armstrong's immortal words,

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Here is a link to the picture


Debbie Hore
Assistant Minister

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