(Closed) Bible verse at a non-denominational ceremony

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony

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(Closed) Bible verse at a non-denominational ceremony

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
12885 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think it’s awkward.  We’re having a civil ceremony; I’m Catholic, and Fiance is Jewish.  So I picked a Bible reading, and he picked (well, is in the process of picking) a Torah reading. 

I selected the Book Tobit 8:4b-8 for mine, if you’re interested.  It’s less common of the verses I’ve heard at weddings, and I liked the message of living together until a “happy old age.”   

Post # 4
16216 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Non-denominational doesn’t mean non-religious. And even if you were going for a secular ceremony (non-religious), there are so many translations of the Bible that many versions of verses could probably still be appropriate.

Post # 5
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We are having a non-denominational ceremony based on 1 Corinthians 13. 🙂

Post # 7
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

For sure think that if you both are religious and your families are, I would be a little more surprised if there wasn’t a reference to that in your wedding. Your wedding ceremony especially is supposed to reflect who each of you are individually then the combining of those two things. If that includes Bible verses, a special song, a reading you want, heck  monkeys on skateboards, it just should be something that shows and represents the two of you. 

Post # 8
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

Almost every ceremony I do that is Nondenominational has a bible verse in it. Usually it is the well used 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails

Post # 9
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Like a pp stated, Non-denominational doesn’t mean “not religious” but rather not leaning on any one denominational doctrine.

We’re non-denominational Christians & we went with Ephesians 5 but out of the message b/c I liked the wording MUCH better! I think we only used through verse 28 but can’t remember so I posted the whole passage =)

21Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.

 22-24Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.

 25-28Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.

 29-33No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband.

Post # 10
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (KJV)

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

Philippians 2:2-4

Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

We used:

Romans 12:9-13 “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”


Post # 11
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you are still stumped try this website, http://www.myweddingvows.com/  It really helped me when writing my ceremony.  My fiance and I are getting married outside of a church as well.

Best wishes 🙂