Post # 1
I’m getting married by my FI’s Presbyterian minister. I am not religious and it was actually very difficult for me to come to terms with having a minister marry us and a presbyterian wedding but that’s what’s happening so your help is appreciated.
We will be having two readings at the ceremony. One can be non-denominational (yay) and the other must be scripture from the bible.
Does anyone know any passages from the bible that are:
– don’t mention worshiping god/jesus, begging for forgiveness of our sins, etc.
Basically, does anyone know of any lines from scripture that are just about love or marriage that are very “light” on the religion. The minister has plenty of prayer and sermon he’s adding so I really just want this reading to be as short and “non-denominational” as possible.
I know the first corinthians is pretty good but when I look it up online it looks so long. Does anyone have a shortened version?
Post # 3
ha! Well by definition it is religious.
But stuff from the Song of Songs (Solomon) does not mention (m)any of those things.
Post # 4
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
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing
Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone?
Post # 5
I would say the translation you choose will have alot to do with the “religious” feel. I”m a non-denominational Christian and go for all scripture (non-denom) just means straight bible, no man made rules…
We’re having our readings from the message bible…. a more informal text for sure!
Here’s a couple:
Gen 2:24 (msg)
Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh.
The other we’re using does speak about Christ but is still less ‘formal” than what you’re thinking (I think)
here’s Ephesians 5:21-28
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.
Hope that helps some… I would look into the message for more options with a more liberal text
Post # 6
Thank you everyone! Whenever I think about our ceremony I feel so conflicted because I really would like a completely non-denominational ceremony but know that I need to compromise.
These are SO helpful, keep them coming if you have more!
Post # 7
We are having a beautiful passage from Song of Songs that is not overly religious at all:
Hark! my lover–here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come!
“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”
My lover belongs to me and I to him.
Post # 8
I’d go with 1 Corinthians. Even non-Christians really like that passage. Unless you want your guests to squirm with discomfort, definitely don’t do the “wife submitting to her husband” passage….honestly, I think i’d walk out on that one.
Post # 9
I love the Song of Solomon and was going to suggest that one but I see a couple of bees beat me to it 🙂