Kersting’s Cycle Center in North Judson will be holding their Blessing of the Bikes ceremony this weekend with a variety of entertainment and vendors. Pastor Adam Speicher of Clymers UMC and Lake Cicott UMC will be performing the blessing ceremony on Saturday following a performance by the Acousticats.
Speicher said the group will pray over water as a symbol before breaking into four teams, each of which will go individually through the crowd, blessing not only the machines but the riders as well. He said he hopes to have each team ask if any specific prayers are needed as they go through the crowd, giving each attendee the chance to have their own prayer.
“I’m a biker, and I spent most of my life far away from God, and different people over the course of time introduced me to Jesus Christ and I got saved, and I became a pastor and a preacher. That changed my life radically, and so I would like to try and give back and try and help other people that might be seeking a way out of a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol and tell them that there is good news and that there is hope, and that hope, I believe, is Jesus Christ,” Speicher explained.
Speicher will also give a message before blessing the bikes, and a pastor from the Church of the Heartland will then take over the ceremony and host a tent revival. Sandy Rudd of Kersting’s said the event will also host food vendors as well as the Sons of the American Legion and other motorcycle groups will attend the event also.
Rudd said the event has been an annual event for more than 10 years, with more than 400 attendees showing up some years if the weather allows. The ceremony will kick off Saturday, April 27, with music starting at 1 p.m. ET followed by the bike blessing ceremony from 2 to 3 p.m., and more music from 3 to 4 p.m.