Post # 1
My parent’s pastor right now is our officiant and she would like us to have a gospel reading in our ceremony. We’re not particularly religious (in fact Fiance identifies Jewish, so I’m trying to keep Jesus out of the ceremony as much as possible) and most of her suggestions I didn’t particularly care for:
Mark 10:6-9 (probably the best of the lot, but not ideal)
Any suggestions that focus more on the love between the two of us and less on God or Jesus?
Fiance is already uncertain about going with my parent’s pastor, so if I can’t find the right reading, we may be looking into JPs instead and removing religion from the equation entirely. (We’d consider a Rabbi but we’re getting married on a Jewish holiday so they won’t marry us.)
ETA: I’m Lutheran, Fiance is Jewish/Methodist but not practicing and as mentioned above, identifies Jewish
Post # 3
Does it have to be a gospel reading? Or can it just be a scripture reading? I like Ecclesiastes 4 for those of mixed faiths 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
If that won’t work I will ask my pastor (soon2b)husband when he wakes up from his nap. lol
Post # 4
That’s a great one, but…. She is ok about taking out a lot of references to Jesus in general through out the standard ceremony, but unfortunately was clear she’d be uncomfortable unless we had a gospel reading (to the extent she might refuse to marry us). We’re her first interfaith marriage (6 years as pastor, small church).
Post # 5
Maybe go through that list there and see if anything additional appeals to you?