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Dear Friends

On the 21st of June, during the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, thousands of folk made a pilgrimage to Stonehenge to watch the sunrise. No one has ever fully understood why the stones were erected at Stonehenge but the accepted theory is that the stones were erected to mark the position of the sunset during the winter solstice and the sunrise for the summer solstice—the longest and shortest days of the year.

It is incredible that over three thousand years ago, people wanted to make some record of the rhythms of the sun and the movements of the cosmos.

Even when humanity could only conceive of a flat earth, we were mesmerised by the meaning and the beauty of the created world upon which we live within the vastness of stars and space and a sun that rises and sets and a moon that moves predictably and meaningfully through monthly phases that influence the earth and its tides.

The Psalmist recorded in Psalm 8

When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places— what are human beings, that you think of them; mere mortals, that you care for them?

As people of faith, we do believe God cares, not only cares but is involved and even intervenes. When the angel told Mary that God wanted to bring his Son, a human and divine man into the world Mary asked, how can this be possible?

The angel replied, “With God, nothing is impossible!”
When we look back at the history of humanity and the mess we have sometimes made of the gifts God has given and the mess humanity still makes of many things, we remember that with God, things are possible. This is an historical time when many people are passionately fighting to secure the environmental safety of our fragile and delicate planet, and that is to be commended. We all need to do our bit.

This year on the 21st of July we commemorate the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon . . . taking one step for humankind.

It was a tremendous leap and all the world wanted to watch. What we do not often hear about from this huge Small Step is that when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin approached this new place upon which no human being had ever walked, the astronaut Buzz Aldrin was also an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church and before he headed into space in 1969, he got special permission to take bread and wine with him to have communion with his Lord and Saviour on the moon.

A good reminder that with God, nothing is impossible.
I have a lot of good ideas for the next year. I hope to get some youth together to venture on a mission trip. So please pray. We are sometimes short of time or funds but I know. ... well, you know also . . . nothing is impossible with . . .

God Bless and have a great summer.

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