Wedding Ceremony of
"This is the day that he Lord has made,
Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118
Welcome friends. ________________________ and _______________________________ are delighted that you're here with them to celebrate their marriage and to witness the saying of their vows to one another, for you, their families and friends, have loved them and cared for them, and thereby have helped shape their lives.
When we gather to witness a marriage, we not only celebrate the love that the couple have for each other. We also gather to worship God whose very being is love. We come to praise God who, in Jesus Christ, has both loved us and given us a model of all our human loves.
Let us lift our hearts in Praise of God in the words of Psalm 100: "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations."
We are gathered here in the sight of God to witness and to celebrate the coming together of ___________________and___________________ in marriage. It is not to be entered into lightly, but with certainty, with mutual respect, and with a sense of reverence which includes beauty, honor and joy.
Marriage is a sacred and a joyous covenant,
ordained of God from the beginning of creation.
A covenant is a relationship in which a person gives himself to another without condition and is received by the other in a similar manner. This environment of mutual service and mutual acceptance is one in which love - in the noblest sense, can flourish and mature.
We all want a source of unending love in our
marriages. It's true that there should be love within our
hearts, but the Scriptures tell us of a source of love that
transcends human love. Let us listen to the Apostle John
describes the divine love which Christ gives us: (John 15) "I am
the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every
branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit
he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been
cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I
abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself
unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide
in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in
me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can
do nothing... As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you;
abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in
my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide
in His love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may
be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
(Words from Pastor)
"Into this covenant of marriage, this covenant of love, ________________ and ________________ desire to enter. Let us therefore ask God's blessing on this marriage.
Almighty and merciful God, we your children praise and thank you for the many gifts of your grace; and this day we especially thank you for the gift of family and friends, and for the relationship of marriage which you have ordained to guard, to hallow and to perfect the gift of love. We thank you for the joy which ____________________ and ____________________ find in each other, and for the love and trust in which they enter this covenant. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who reveals your love and grace to us, Amen.
__________________, do you take ______________ as your husband/wife?
__________________, do you take ______________ as your husband/wife?I do
Will the parents please stand?
You, the parents/families of __________________ and ___________________ have a special joy in this occasion, for you more than anyone have bestowed love on them; and your joy is full because you and we are also witnessing the coming together of two families to form new ties. Do you, the parents of _______________ and _________________ promise to love and uphold them in the future as you have in the past?
Earlier we said that in Jesus Christ, God has both loved us and given us a model, a pattern for all human loves. In our next reading, Colossians 3:12-17, Paul urges us to forgive one another, as we have been forgiven in Christ. Every married couple has learned that forgiveness is one of the keys to a happy marriage: "As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. ... And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
I, ________________________, take you,
_____________________, to be my husband/wife, and I promise to
love you in the covenant of marriage from this day forward, in
sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, in joy and in
sorrow, as long as life shall last.
I, ________________________, take you, _____________________, to be my husband/wife, and I promise to love you in the covenant of marriage from this day forward, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, as long as life shall last.
(quietly request rings from attendants)
O God, bless these rings, symbols of the covenant that ____________ and ___________ have made in your presence. May their rings remind them of your encircling love and unending faithfulness so that they may always find joy and peace in one another. Amen.
This ring I give you as a symbol of my faithfulness and love, and as a pledge to honor you with my whole being.
Now that you, ___________________, and you, ________________, have spoken your vows of love and trust to one another in the presence of God and in the presence of your friends and family, I pronounce you husband and wife/partners for life . You may seal the marriage with a kiss.
As the flames of your two souls have burned alone during your childhood and adolescence, lighting your way to this moment, now they have begun to burn together and become one flame. To symbolize this new unity and togetherness, I invite you to light the unity candle.
(Solo sung during unity candle lighting. If desired –couple may present a rose to the parents at this time)
May you live in gentleness and peace with all people, knowing always the riches of friendship. May the love which you share today grow throughout your lives. And may the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, so that your love for each other will flourish and deepen, illuminating your lives and those about you. Amen.
Presentation of newly married couple
Rev. Kirk Moore
Wheaton IL 60189