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Space-Bound John Glenn Receives "Prayers and Gratitude" From PC(USA)

Date 23 Oct 1998 20:04:09

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    by Jerry L. Van Marter and Claude Brock 
Editor's Note: As U.S. Senator, Presbyterian elder and astronaut John Glenn 
prepares for his second flight into space next week, leaders of the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - General Assembly moderator the Rev. Douglas 
W. Oldenburg, General Assembly stated clerk the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick 
and General Assembly Council executive director John J. Detterick -  have 
sent him the following letter, issued in cooperation with the 
denomination's Office of Church and Public Relations in Louisville.  The 
full text of the letter: 
October 22, 1998 
    To Elder John Glenn, Our Brother in Christ 
Dear John, 
    We send our prayers and gratitude on behalf of the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.) as you continue your public service through research in space. 
     As you prepare for your historic flight we are reminded of the words 
of Psalm 19, "The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament 
proclaims his handiwork." 
    We hope Psalm 116:12-14 will reinforce your service commitment to 
humankind and to Christ as you fly into the space above this earth: 
    "What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?  I will lift 
up the 
      cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows 
      the Lord in the presence of all his people." 
    Our message to you is being relayed to Presbyterians everywhere via the 
denomination's computer communication system.  We ask our 2.6 million 
Presbyterian brothers and sisters to pray for the productivity and safety 
of your space flight.  We also send prayers and best wishes to the entire 
NASA team, astronauts and scientists who continue to make space exploration 
and research a marvelous part of progress on earth. 
    John, your church is grateful for the service you continue to share 
with millions of Americans and citizens of the world.  May the peace of 
Jesus Christ be with you and your colleagues on this flight. Prayers from 
those of us in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will certainly be there. 
        "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be 
          acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer."  Psalm 
    Serving for Jesus Christ, 
Clifton Kirkpatrick         Douglas Oldenburg       John Detterick 
Stated Clerk                Moderator           Executive Director 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)    210th General Assembly  General Assembly 

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