Who: Community Lutheran CLCyclists
What: Blessing of the Motorcycles
When: May 15th 12:30 p.m.
Where: Community Lutheran Church parking lot- 21014 Whitfield, Place Sterling, Virginia
Why: Opportunity to gather as riding season begins to ask for God’s safety and blessing this year and to meet other riders and welcome them into the community.
Riders to Bike to Beans in the Belfry Cafe in Brunswick, Maryland.
Community Lutheran Church (CLC) will host the First Annual Blessing of the Motorcycles on Sunday, May 15th at 12:30 p.m. The CLC Bikers group, known as CLCyclist’s will gather for the blessing at 12:30 p.m. in the church parking lot.
With spring upon us comes the latest ritual of early season bike riding—the Bike Blessing. The blessing of the motorcycles will be provided by Pastor Tiffany Towberman. The service will include a reading, prayers, individual anointing and bike blessing. Riders will receive a ‘Bikers’ New Testament and a sticker to place on their bikes signifying the bike as having been blessed. Remember that the blessing God wants to bestow is on the Biker not the bike. God is interested in protecting and guiding us. But the biggest blessing available from God is the Blessing of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Bikers will be invited to join in a ride following the service with the CLC riders group.
The Ride this year will be to Brunswick, Maryland. The bikers group will take Route 7, past Leesburg to Route 9, driving west passing by Paonian Springs, then north on Route 287 through Lovettsville to Brunswick on the Potomac River. The riders will stop at Beans in the Belfry, according to Pastor Towberman, “a neat place if you’ve never been there. It is a restored church with beautiful stained glass windows and pews that is now an area gathering place for coffee, music and conversation.” The cafe serves the finest quality coffees and teas, excellent espresso, delicious coffee specialty drinks & the best hot chocolate. The restauant fare includes fresh baked goods, soups, chili, snacks, salads and Panini sandwiches.
Pastor Towberman stated that, “safety is on the forefront of everyone’s mind, as motorcyclists remind drivers it’s time to share the road again. Motorcyclists are reminding drivers to be extra cautious at intersections now that they’re back on the roads.”
The CLCyclist group prays for everybody to be safe out there and want the motorcyclists to be on the defensive and to be vigilant. They want automobiles to be aware and watch for them, too. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in multiple vehicle accidents. Accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps-on in daylight and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.
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