Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Parking Lot
May 12th, 2012; 11 a.m.
-- (Total time: about 10 minutes, following donuts and coffee)
Pastor: Friends in Christ: Today we give thanks to God and we seek God's blessing as we gather to bless these bikes and riders to the praise and glory of God.
Scripture, Acts 23.24 "Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and take him safely to Felix the governor.”
Brief (2 minute) meditation by pastor: Faith on the Road
Song: Canticle for Departure, from Heartland Liturgy, Jonathan Rundman (pastor on guitar and sings it for group)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe. You made the whole earth for your glory; all creation praises you. We lift our voices to join the songs of heaven and earth, of things seen and unseen.
You stretched out heavens like a tent; you divided the day from the night; you appointed times and seasons for work and rest, for tearing down and building up. You blessed your people through all generations and guided them in life and death: Abraham and Sarah; Moses and Miriam; Isaiah and all the prophets; Mary, mother of our Lord; Peter, James, John, and all the apostles; and all the saints and witnesses of ages past, in whom your Spirit spoke and moved.
We give you thanks, O God, as we set apart this group of motorcyclists to your glory and praise. Grant us faith to know your gracious purpose in all things, give us joy in them, and lead us to the building up of your kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The blessing of almighty God, the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with us all.
All y'all, start your engines.
[individual blessing offered at driveway of parking lot as bikes head out on the road]