(Closed) Something other an Corinthians please

posted 9 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

The book of Ruth is generally awesome, Song Of Solomon, or for the less scandalous, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, 1 John is pretty great too.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I agree–I wanted something less comon too!  We used:

Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16; 8:6-7 (the first part is silly, but the secind half is AWESOME)
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 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.
He says to me:
“Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm;
For stern as death is love,
relentless as the nether world is devotion;
The flash of it is a flash of fire,
a flame of the Lord himself.
Deep waters cannot quench love,
nor floods sweep it away.”
The word of the Lord.

Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18 (I thought the message here was very similar to Corinthians)
I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.
Do not conform yourselves to this age
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and pleasing and perfect.
Let love be sincere; hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly;
do not be wise in your own estimation.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil;
be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.
If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.
The word of the Lord.

Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it
under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lamp stand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re using Song of Solomon.  You might also consider some non-Biblical, but still Christian options.  Many early and modern theologians have beautiful things to say about the importance of marriage and God in human life.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are actually using Ecclesiastes 4:12, which is about a cord of three strands.  It was highly emphasized during our counseling sessions with our pastor.  It isn’t long…it isn’t typical…and our pastor is even considering using a visual of three strands of rope while speaking of this passage.  Keeping it ‘ABC’ for the people!  LOL 🙂 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We are using Colossians 3:12-17. To me it describes how I hope my marriage will be lived – as two christians who love one another and the Lord.

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever greivances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We did one bible passage and one poem.

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

My lover spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, and come with me.

See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.

Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.

The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I got a book from my church with a bunch of options.

John 2:1-11 is a Gospel reading about the Wedding at Cana (one of my favorite stories)

Romans 12:1-2, 9-13 is a shorter version of the one blushingaudrey quoted above

Genesis 2:18-24 is the traditional Adam’s rib story, but I like the closing lines best:”That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” I just really like the unity in it.

Ephesians 5:2a, 25-32 talks about the same thing too.

and my last one…

Tobit 8:4b-8 is a prayer that Tobit asked his wife to say with him:”Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.” Now that is down right adorable for the Bible!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

We’re using 1 John 4! Though I love Song of Solomon, it can get pretty scandalous! hehe.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

We used the Song of Songs/Song of Solomon that blushingaudrey posted. I loved it! Our priest even commented in the homily that we had not chosen 1st Corinthians and what that showed about us as a couple!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We got this list of marriage scriptures to choose from. I’m sure you could just search for a topic that’s important to you too.

Genesis 2:18-24

Ruth 1:16-17

Psalm 37:3-11

Proverbs 31:10-31

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Song of Solomon 2:10-14

Ephesians 5:21-33

Philippians 4:4-8

Colossians 3:18-24

Revelation 19:6-9

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re using Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and…I can’t remember.  If you search for wedding readings, you will come up with the same lists as some of the pp.   

@ToyToy- my sister’s wedding sermon, the pastors took out three cords and demonstrated the strength of one, two, and three cords.  It is the only thing, other than how heavy her bouquet was, that I remember about the wedding.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Wow, I got so excited to see this!  Granted, I don’t want to use corinthians for another reason… it’s story! Lol, I cringe when I hear it at weddings (which I’m at every weekend as a photographer :-).  Paul is writing to Corinth to tell them that love is patient and kind and not noisy like the sounds that came out of the temple… Um, Corinth was a port town, a naval town, kinda like Tortuga in Pirates of the Carribean.  The noisy gong and clanging symbol he is referring to are the sounds of sex among the prostitutes and people…. AHHHHH, really? lol At face value yes, it sounds nice, but when you really know why it was written, lol… oh my.

We haven’t picked our reading yet.  We’re getting our options at the end of this month during our next meeting… 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh, and I love LOVE Song of Songs.  Hoping to do it as a response using Matt Mahers “Set me as a seal.” Gorgeous song for a gorgeous passage!

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