This bike ride, sponsored by the Albany Bicycle Coalition and the Daily Grind coffee shops, starts at the Daily Grind in Albany and ends for lunch at the Daily Grind in Troy. This year the group made a stop at St. Paul’s Church for a blessing in the Church Garden, and a tour of the church conducted by David Graham.
I had the pleasure of riding with the group on the Corning Preserve Trail, and was honored to offer the following prayer during the Bicycle Blessing:
Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible, we come to you in prayer and thanksgiving.
In a world burdened by motorized transportation and consumption,
we give you gracious thanks for the wondrous bicycle,
on which we enjoy the goodness and beauty of your creation
while improving our fitness and health.
We ask you to protect the children who ride or who are learning to ride.
We ask you to keep all riders, leisure riders to elite athletes, safe from accidents.
We ask you to protect all riders from anger and theft.
We ask you to give us skill to ride in all sort of conditions, and
to help us forgive those who are negligent and mean.
We ask you, in thanksgiving for those who build or repair bicycles,
that you will guide them to be diligent and competent in their work.
Heavenly Father, be with us now and bless us as we dedicate these bicycles and their use to the preservation of lives to your honor and praise. Grant us faith to know your gracious purpose in all things. Give us joy in them and lead us to use all your gifts, including our bikes, with wisdom, compassion, patience and love.
We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.