- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
Where is what I have so far:
Processional – Men wait at bottom of the stairs for the Ladies, Luke walk both mothers?
Declaration of Purpose
We have gathered in the presence of God to give thanks for the gifts of marriage, to witness the joining together of Groom1 Groom2 and Bride1 Bride2, to surround them with our prayers, and to ask God’s blessing upon them, so that they may be strengthened for their life together and nurtured in their love for God.
Invocation (Opening prayer)
God, our Father, we praise you for making and redeeming us to live together in love. We thank you for the love and trust which bring Groom1 and Bride1 to this their marriage day. Favor them with the honor of your presence at their wedding. Unite them by your Spirit so that together they may reflect the love of Christ for his church. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Giving of the Bride/Parental Blessing [options attached, may be omitted entirely]
I ask now – who blesses the marriage of this woman to this man?
(Responders): We do.
And who blesses the marriage of this man to this woman?
(Responders): We do.
Institution and Meaning of Marriage
In marriage, as instituted by God, a man and a woman covenant to live together in a lifelong, exclusive partnership of love and fidelity. The apostle Paul sees the union of husband and wife as a symbol of the union between Christ and his church. If marriage is to be pleasing in the sight of God, those who enter into this covenant of life must share a commitment to the Lord of life.
In putting his blessing on a marriage, God intended that it would provide:
a context within which husband and wife can help and comfort each other and find companionship;
a setting within which we may give loving and tender expression to the desires God gave us;
a secure environment within which children may be born and taught to know and serve the Lord;
and a structure that enriches society and contributes to its orderly function.
When these purposes are prayerfully pursued in union with Christ, the kingdom of God is advanced and the blessedness of husband and wife is assured.
People who marry in the Lord may trust that he will lead them and graciously provide for their needs when they follow the biblical pattern for love.
“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.”
Declaration of Intent
Groom1 and Bride1, now that you have heard God’s message concerning marriage, do you agree with it and do you commit yourselves to each other in accordance with it?
(Groom1 answers): I do.
(Bride1 answers): I do.
Reading – By Luke’s youngest sister Annette
Prayer Before Vows
Let us pray. Loving God, you made man and woman for each other; may your Spirit be with this man and this woman as they make their promises one to the other. In Jesus’s name we ask it. Amen.
Exchange of Vows
(Groom1): I take you, bride1 bride2, to be my wife from this day forward, to join with you and share all that is to come, and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.
(Bride1) I take you, Groom1 Groom1, to be my husband from this day forward, to join with you and share all that is to come, and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.
Exchange of Rings
Groom1 and Bride1 as these circles are designed without an ending, they speak of eternity May the incorruptible substance of these rings represent a love glowing with increasing luster through the years. May God bless these rings which you give to each other as the sign of your love, trust, and faithfulness.
(Groom1): I take you, Bride1 Bride2, to be my wife and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful husband, as long as our lives shall last. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop God’s gifts in you.
(Bride1) I take you, Groom1 Groom2, to be my husband and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful wife, as long as our lives shall last. I will serve you with tenderness and with respect, and encourage you to develop God’s gifts in you.
Declaration of Marriage
As a minister of the church of Christ and by the authority which the state has vested in me, I now pronounce you, Groom1 Groom2 and Bride1 Bride2, husband and wife, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
Father in heaven, Give today your blessing upon the marriage of Groom1 and Bride1. We thank you for the vows they have spoken and the love in which they are united. Keep them faithful and strong in every trial. Sustain their joy and affection for many years. We pray, Lord Jesus, that you will be acknowledged head of their home and master of their lives. Equip them, Holy Spirit, with patient endurance, sacrificial service, unfailing courtesy, endless trust, and lasting love. Grant that their home will often be a place of laughter; and in times of difficulty or trouble, a haven of healing and forgiveness. May they and their children give constant praise to you, eternal Father, who with the Son and the Spirit is God, blessed and exalted forever. Amen.
Lighting of Unity Candle (not if windy)
Part One The two outside candles that have been placed here are lit by members of both families to represent the lives of Groom1 and Bride1 to this moment. Their lights, representing the faith, wisdom, and love they have received from their parents are distinct, each burning alone.
Part Two The Bride and Groom will now light the Unity Candle to symbolize the union of their lives. From now on their thoughts shall be for each other, and joys and sorrows shall be shared alike. By allowing the flame of the two smaller candles to remain lit, they also accept the individuality of each other as a means of fulfilling their oneness.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you. May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace, now and forevermore. Amen.
I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Groom1 Groom2. You may kiss each other.
I am unsure if I should put the sermon before the vows or after the vows. Thanks in advance!