Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Biker Sunday at Heart of God Fellowship - Buckner, Missouri

Written by  April 25, 2016

Each spring since 1999 the congregation at Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri, has hosted a special service welcoming members of the motorcycle community. The 2016 Biker Sunday was held on April 17. There was plenty of room for hundreds of motorcycles in the church parking lot and lots of room for the riders in the huge tent where the service took place. The weather was great for riding, and the sides were removed from the tent just prior to the service providing good air circulation for everyone’s comfort. To get things rolling, Knucklehead Mike rode the church’s 1942 Harley-Davidson EL, in original condition, through the tent and parked it in front of the stage.

Standing at a unique lectern made from a motorcycle front end complete with a springer fork and handlebars, Pastor Bob Kaps welcomed everyone to the worship service. Brother Bob is a long-time motorcycle rider and has a special place in his heart for people who ride. In addition to his speaking talent, Bob is also an excellent singer and was joined on stage by several musicians who performed a medley of upbeat songs beginning with Doobie Brothers’ Jesus is Just Allright.  Following the music, military veterans were invited to come to the front for special recognition. The audience showed their appreciation with a resounding round of applause.

Pastor Bob’s sermon text was Acts 16:25 that reads as follows: “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God while the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, big enough to shake the foundations of the prison. Immediately all the doors flew open and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the doors of the prison had been opened he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, for he imagined that all the prisoners had escaped. But Paul called out to him at the top of his voice, ‘Don’t hurt yourself—we are all here!’”  The message was about regrets and how to overcome them through faith in God and His grace. Pastor Bob sang Amazing Grace at the close of his message, and people who came forward were greeted by members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association who were there to listen to their needs and pray with them. There were lots of tears, hugs, and smiles. Another unique touch at Biker Sunday was the use of helmets in place of offering plates. Many chose to donate, although there was absolutely no pressure to do so.

Following the worship service, bikers enjoyed a cookout lunch provided by the church. Event T-shirts were available. City Union Mission Executive Director Dan Doty was on hand to promote the upcoming Bikers with a Mission Ride. Also coming up is the Tougher Than Hell Poker Run that raises funds for Camp Quality.  In the parking lot, C.M.A. members were available for a blessing of the bikes and a prayer for safe riding.

Thanks go to the congregation at Heart of God Fellowship and Pastor Bob for reaching out to bikers and making them feel very welcome. It was an uplifting experience for all.

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com 

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