Blessing of Bicycles, Tricycles and Wheelchairs

Madeline on her bike

Madeline on her bike

On May 22 our church in Madbury had a blessing of bicycles,tricycles (big and little) and wheelchairs. Our “regular service” was shortened by fifteen minutes so that everyone could go outside where church members and neighbors waited for a blessing of their “wheels” and refreshments. The outdoor ceremony included a couple readings and the blessing prayer. The worship service also lifted up bicycle imagery and an opportunity for people to reflect aloud.

 

Readings – Psalms with Spokes

Psalm 100
Make a Pop a Wheely unto God — everyone.
Serve God with freestyle and fatbike.
Come into God’s presence with recumbent,
and into God’s court with hybrids.

For God is our leader
and we are God’s group ride —
handlebar to handlebar we follow.

Enter the open doors of creation
under pedal power.
Be thankful for wide roads
and sunlit trails.

For God is our gear and grace,
God’s coasting is a long downhill,
and God’s faithfulness
is from our first training wheels
to the most beautiful
of mountain bike mornings.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my bike lane
I shall not be run off the road.
God makes me to wear a helmet
on the shortest trip
and leads me to rest stops and hydration.
God patches my punctures.

God leads me by head lamp,
and reflective gear, for the sake of safety.

Though I ride the loneliest trail
I am not afraid, for God is with me.

I am prepared with a spare tube
and CO2 cartridge in any dangerous place –
My head is anointed
with a first aid kit often,
but my panniers do not overflow.

Surely a tire lever, mini pump,
and patch kit shall go with me
all the days of my rides.

And waterproof matches and duct tape
remind me to keep it simple,
riding through the house of God’s creation
always!

Prayer of Blessing for bicycles, tricycles and wheelchairs
(Some helmets were blessed for folks who could not get bikes to the service. And those young or old who need helmets were assisted)

God, bless this bicycle (tricycle / wheelchair)
for safety and distance,
and bless its rider with
joy in God’s beauty
and wisdom on the road. Amen.

Litany of Thanksgiving
For the wheels that bring us close to the beauty of creation,
we give thanks.

For leaving a small carbon wheel-tread,
we give thanks.

For all the places in the world where bikes
give transportation and independence to everyone,
we give thanks.

For companions on rides and mechanics with expertise,
we give thanks.

For the equality of young and old, men and women,
we give thanks.

For raised heart rates and the experience of “being in”
rather than “driving through” city or suburb or country,
we give thanks.

For the wisdom of helmets, bike lanes, safety guidelines,
we give thanks.

And for the wheelchair technology that makes possible
both simple trips and competition in sports – races,
basketball, tennis and others,
we give thanks!

Liturgy in the Morning Service (the regular service took place before we went outdoors for the blessing)

Paul on his bike

Paul on his bike

Call to Worship
Leader: Wherever we are on the journey …
People: We are welcome here.
Leader: Wherever we are on the journey …
People: God goes with us.
Leader: Wherever we are on the journey …
People: All the flats can be fixed
and the scent of wind can lift our hearts.

Invocation
Gracious God, you spin the planets and yet you help us to spin a straight path in life, pedaling with us in the steep places and giving us the joy of nature when we coast on the smooth stretches. You teach us how to brake when we head into dangers of all kinds, and your light goes before us and follows after us all the days of our lives. Amen.

Prayer of Confession
God, forgive us the roadblocks we put in others’ lives and the ways we push those less powerful than we are to the shoulders of life.
God forgive us our not-helmet-wearing – the risk-taking of many kinds that ignores how much our safety means to those who love us.
God, forgive us when on the journey of life we fail to use all the emotional and spiritual gears that are available to us.
God forgive us whenever we choose more environmentally damaging ways to be in the world. Amen.
Words of Assurance
God knows our skids and sins. God forgives us like a parent holding our handlebars as we begin again.

Billy on his bike(before new helmet!)

Billy on his bike(before new helmet!)

Some of our Favorite Quotations (Folks reflected on what these mean)

She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life. Susan B. Anthony

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles M. Schulz

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. H. G. Wells

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle. Helen Keller

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One Response to Blessing of Bicycles, Tricycles and Wheelchairs

  1. Emily Geoghegan says:

    Wonderful!

    Sent from my iPhone

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