Lunar Communion

The stained glass windows at Webster Presbyterian Church in Webster do not contain any moon rocks, but they do have a meteorite fragment hidden in one. Here, a galactic view is depicted, looking down on the congregation celebrating its 45th Lunar Communion on July 20. 

RICK COUSINS/For the Daily News

The 45th anniversary Lunar Communion service at Webster Presbyterian Church on Sunday was filled with space themes. The church, once home to astronauts John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin, annually celebrates the traditional bread and cup communion observance while listening to a tape of the only communion ever enjoyed off-world that Aldrin received inside the Lunar Module on the moon’s surface some 45 years ago during the Apollo 11 mission.

The hymns at Webster’s service included, “I sing the mighty power of God,” “God who stretched the spangled heavens” and ended with a postlude, “For the beauty of the Earth.”

The lobby and sanctuary of the church contain displays and windows which reflect the church’s ties to NASA as well as other contributions made by its members.

The church leadership is encouraging previous members, including former astronauts, to attend the 50th Lunar Communion.

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