Home

About Us

Ordination

Free Mailings

Store

Chapel

Seminary

Ceremonies

FAQ

Wedding Ceremony List

INTRODUCTION:

We are gathered here at this time To mark and to witness the joining in marriage Of two who would be husband and wife.

Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to take this time and opportunity to introduce you to the bride and groom and welcome you to this very auspicious occasion of the wedding of (name of the groom) and (name of the bride)

I am paraphrasing from NIV 1 Corinthians 13:4,7.

Love is Patient and kind. Love does not envy. Love has no loud words in her mouth, no swelling thoughts in her heart. It is not rude or self-seeking, nor easily angry. Love finds no pleasure in evil done to others, but delights in goodness. Love knows no limit to endurance, no end of its trust, no fading of its hope. It can outlast anything. For love never fails.

PRELUDE TO CEREMONY:

Ecclesiastes 9:9

Live Joyfully with the wife whom tho lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

OPENING SPEECH:

Paul, the militant missionary apostle, selected marriage as a symbol of that relationship between Jesus Christ and the church. Paul said that the husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave his life for her. That is a strong Love, it is divine, "Agape Love." And then Paul addresses the wife's role, she is to be faithful to her husband in all things. In fact, to this life-giving love the husband gives to the wife, the wife is to respond with an attitude of reverence toward her husband. How easy it is to reverence someone who is willing to give his life to you on a daily basis. Paul says it is essential that the husband AND wife forsake all others. Except for their relationship to the Lord, that wife and husband are to have no higher priority than each other. Even a vocational call is to take a secondary place to that call to love and to respond to the needs and concerns of your mate. Even a call to parenthood is subordinate to the marriage relationship. Thus, these two, husband and wife, forsaking all others, become one in thought, in intent, in hope, and all the concerns of this present life.

VOWS:

As we come now to take these scared vows, who gives this woman to be this mans bride?

(response) mother and father or whom ever giving away the bride)) We Do. or I Do.

Realizing, Therefore, the sacredness and the sanctity of the Holy Covent you now make with

each other, if you know of no barrier to such a union between yourselves, you will signify

such by joining your right hands.

(Groom), in taking (bride). Whom you hold by the right hand to be your lawful and wedded wife, before God and these witnesses present, you must promise to love, honor, and cherish her in that relationship. Leaving all others, cleave only to her, and be a true and faithful husband, so long as you both shall live?

Do you so Promise?

(groom) I Do.

Then repeat after me.

I (groom) take thee (bride) to have and to hold, for richer and poorer, for better or worse in sickness and in health till death do us part.

(bride), in taking (groom) whom you hold by the right hand to be your lawful and wedded husband, before God and all these witnesses present, you must promise to love, honor, and cherish him in that relationship. Leaving all others and cleave only to him and be a true and faithful wife, so long as you both shall live?

Do you so Promise?

(bride) I Do.

The repeat after me

I (bride) take thee (groom) to have and to hold, for richer and poorer, for better or worse in sickness and in health till death do us part.

Now (bride) and (groom) you

each have prepared vows that you wish say to each other?

(both respond) We Do.

(Bride) will now say her vows to the groom))

(groom) will now say his vows to the bride))

Do you both so promise and vow to one another?

(both respond) We Do.

EXCHANGING OF RINGS:

It is a Christian custom to exchange rings as a symbol of love. As the rings have no end so your love should have no end. They are a perfect circle having no beginning and no ending they represent the eternal nature of God who also has no beginning or no ending. If God is eternal and God is love, then love is eternal. If love is eternal then love is unconditional. God loves us unconditionally. The ring has always had an important place in the relationships of mankind. When history was young and the state was new. The power of an empire was vested in the signet ring worn by the ruling monarch. All that was required for a treaty, an agreement, a purchase, a contract or a law to be permeant or binding was the imprint of that ring upon the document. From earliest times rings have been given as a token of friendship and enduring goodwill. But today the rings are used for the most beautiful reason of all: Sealing the engagement and marriage contract or vows. As the rings are made of gold symbolizing purity, so should your marriage have purity. As often as either of you see them, you will be reminded of this moment and the endless love you have promised to each other.

(groom), What token do you give that you will perform your vows?

(groom taking ring from best man)

This Ring. (hands ring to minister)

(minister receives ring and says to bride.)

(bride), Do you receive this ring in token of the same?

(minister hands ring to bride)

(bride) I Do.

(groom places ring on bride's finger.)

(minister with groom repeating)

I (groom), this ring I give to you in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.

(minister)

(bride), what token do you give that you will perform your vows?

(bride taking ring from 1st. bridesmaid)

This Ring. (hands ring to minister)

(minister receives ring and says to groom.)

(groom), Do you receive this ring in token of the same?

(minister hands ring to groom)

(groom) I Do.

(bride places ring on groom's finger.)

(minister with bride repeating)

I (bride), this ring I give to you in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.

(turn and face the unity candle)

UNITY CANDLE:

(groom) and (bride) Will you now light the unity candle, symbolizing two things: That Christ is your light, and now you are no longer two separate entities but have become one identity in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the light of the world. He is your light, and you are an extension of him, sharing that light with the whole world

(groom & bride light candle)

PRONOUNCEMENT:

From spirit we come, and to spirit we go, from their union, the power of love will flow. The winds of reason will stir the air, and temper their quarrels with respectful care Their bond is forged upon the fire and love will fill their hearts with steady desire. The waters of understanding will fill them up and they will drink together from wisdom's cup. The earth and all heavens in her glory will smile upon this pair, health, harmony and happiness will be theirs to share. For what goes around, returns again, to those who love. For the spirit of union reflects the pattern above. As these two hearts have combined like the flame of their candles, made strong by love. may the light of their love become a beacon by which they may always find one another. These children of God have lit a candle in the darkness of the world. May it always burn with a steady light and if it should flicker or threaten to go out, may both raise a hand to guard and shield it. For the candle of their love may well assist other travelers on the road of life.

For as much as (groom) and (bride) have agreed together according to the teachings of the scripture and the laws of this State, I, as a minister of the gospel, declare that they are husband and wife.

Matt. 10:9 says "What therefore God has joined together let not man put asunder"

You may Kiss the Bride.

BENEDICTION:

Father, We ask your Blessings on these friends as they build a life together. May it be a life of mutual respect, encouraging each other to be the best they can be for your sake, and now may the grace, mercy and peace of God, and the fellowship of his Holy Spirit rest on them and on each of us now and forevermore.

AMEN

PRESENTATION:

It is now my pleasure to be the first to present to you,

Mr. and Mrs. (groom's name)

 

Real Time Web Analytics Review http://www.ulcseminary.org on alexa.com