Bike Trip Blessing 2014

blessingPastor Monica Dawkins-Smith blessed the PA-to-DC riders and their journey on the lawn in front of Faith United Church of Christ with this wonderful prayer that we can all carry with us.

May God bless you and keep you safe on this journey.
May you encounter God…
in your travels,
in the freedom of the open road,
in the whispers of Creation,
in the hospitality of each person you meet,
in conversations with lawmakers about climate change.
May God’s protective care enfold you as you venture upon every road and trail.
May God’s mercy, grace and love shine upon you every moment of each day and bring you safely home to loved ones.
In Christ’s name, Amen.

You can catch video of part of the blessing and of the hymn (For the Beauty of the Earth — we sang verses 1-4) on YouTube, too.   And Connie Larkman used the prayer beautifully to provide the structure for her article on the cyclists on the national United Church of Christ site.