Summary: Here's a sermon to preach around the middle of July in connection with the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.

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One Small Step For Man

Psalm 8:1-9

1. To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David.

O LORD, our Lord,

How excellent is Your name in all the earth,

Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

2Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants

You have ordained strength,

Because of Your enemies,

That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

3When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

4What is man that You are mindful of him,

And the son of man that You visit him?

5For You have made him a little lower than the angels,

And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

6You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;

You have put all things under his feet,

7All sheep and oxen--

Even the beasts of the field,

8The birds of the air,

And the fish of the sea

That pass through the paths of the seas.

9O LORD, our Lord,

How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

Do you know what important event happened 44 years ago today?

The Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin

lifted off the moon surface for their return trip to earth.

Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men

to walk on the face of the moon

and safely return to earth in the Apollo 11 space mission.

I can remember watching it on TV.

On July 20th, 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon,

and Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon.

He spoke these words:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

People around the world watched that historic event.

Psalm 19 says: "The heavens declare the glory of God . . ."

Listen to these quotes from other astronauts:

Jim Lovell: We learned a lot about the Moon, but what we really learned was about the Earth. The fact that just from the distance of the Moon, you can put your thumb up, and you can hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything that you have ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the Earth itself, all behind your thumb. And how insignificant we really all are. But then how fortunate we are to have this body, and to be able to enjoy living here amongst the beauty of the Earth itself.

Charlie Duke: I was able to look out the window to see this incredible sight of the whole circle of the Earth. Oceans were crystal blue, the land was brown, and the clouds and the snow were pure white. And that jewel of Earth was just hung up in the blackness of space.

Gene Cernan last man to set foot on the moon on Apollo 17. "I was feeling like I was sitting on a plateau some where out there in space, a plateau that science and technology had allowed me to get to. But now what I was seeing but more importantly what I was feeling at that moment in time science and technology had no answers for. There I was and there you where, the Earth, dynamic, overwhelming and I felt like the world had to much purpose, to much logic, it was just to beautiful to have happened by accident. There has to be somebody out there bigger than you and bigger then me and I mean this in a spiritual sense not a religious sense. There has to be a creator of the universe who stands above the religions that we ourselves created to govern our lives"

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