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Summit Does Not Keep Bushes From Attending Church

June 3, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush did not let the summit interfere with church Sunday.

The president and his wife, Barbara, attended a 25-minute communion service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, just across Lafayette Square from the White House.

The Bushes usually worship at the historic ″Church of the Presidents″ on the infrequent weekends they do not stay at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md.

The Bushes and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, spent Saturday in the relaxed confines of the mountaintop compound at Camp David, but returned to the capital Saturday night.

Bush was asked as he returned from church if things had gone well at Camp David.

″It was a good day, yeah,″ the president replied as he headed inside the White House to greet the Gorbachevs one last time for coffee and the summit finale news conference in the East Room.

There were only 45 people at the 8 a.m. church service, where the altar was draped in bright red for Pentecost.

The Rev. Anne Gavin Amy read a gospel about the Holy Spirit descending in tongues of fire upon the apostles after Christ’s ascension to heaven.

The Bushes both took communion.

The Rev. John C. Harper, the rector, escorted Bush out a side entrance to his car, telling the president, ″I’m going to pray for you.″

Harper is scheduled to deliver the invocation at the President’s Dinner, a annual Republican fund-raiser being held this year on June 12, which is Bush’s 66th birthday.

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