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The Marriage Ceremony of Allison and Brad

 

(Guests arrive and are seated)

(Candle lighters head down the aisle and light candles on altar, exit on side aisles.)

Processional
“Jurassic Park Theme Song”
(Groomsmen come down from balcony and walk up right side aisle to front of church.)

Seating of the Grandparents and Parents
“Kisses and Cake” by John Powell

(Flower girl and ring bearer walk down the aisle. Bride and father of the bride enter from center doors opened by ushers. Candle lighters help with veil.)

Welcome

Opening Prayer

Old Testament Reading
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Better two than one alone, since thus their work is really rewarding. / If one should fall, the other helps him up; but what of the person with no one to help him up when he falls? / Again: if two sleep together they keep warm, but how can anyone keep warm alone? / Where one alone would be overcome, two will put up resistance; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 103:1-2, 8 and 13, 17-18a
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
to eternity toward those who fear him,
And his justice towards children’s children
among those who keep his covenant.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

New Testament Reading
Philippians 4:4-9
Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. / Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near. / Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude, / and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. / Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we love and admire — with whatever is good and praiseworthy. / Keep doing everything you learnt from me and were told by me and have heard or seen me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel

Wedding Vows

Blessing of the Rings

Nuptial Blessing

Introduction of Bride and Groom

Recessional
(Bride and groom to balcony.)

 

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We’re so excited to start featuring full wedding ceremonies! There are as many wedding ceremonies as there are couples, and we hope to be able to share a variety of them with you, from civil ceremonies to religious ones, ones that are conventional and those that aren’t… Today, Nicole and Morgan’s marriage celebration…

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The Marriage Ceremony of Morgan and Nicole

 

Processional
“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, performed by Vitamin String Quartet

 

Welcome
On behalf of Morgan and Nicole I welcome you and thank you for coming to share with them in this beautiful and joy-filled day! I don’t think it was by chance that one of Jesus’ first miracles was performed at a Wedding! To Jesus, a wedding symbolized a lot more than just a religious ceremony. It was a picture of life – of old things becoming new, of separate things becoming one – it symbolized what Jesus was all about.

When I read this story of Jesus, I see this interesting interaction take place. You see, Jesus’ agenda at this wedding wasn’t to “fix the people.” He didn’t lecture the wedding party or preach to the guests. Jesus’ agenda was simple – He wanted to “be with the people and celebrate.”

Too often we give off the idea that marriage is like an extended therapy session where one person either heroically vows to repair the other’s brokenness or just simply settles to put up with their faults. That’s a fraudulent version of what Jesus intends for us…

The Bible actually tells us that we are the bride and Jesus is the bride-groom. If that’s true, then this marriage thing is a lot less like a counseling session and a lot more like a road trip with your best friend. To me and my bride – the driving is as much a part of the adventure as the destination is (partly because I get lost 90% of the time).

In marriage – the destination and goal is being together on the journey.

It’s about two broken people coming together not to fix one another, but to be present with and committed to one another while Jesus does the fixing.

We are gathered here today to celebrate two best friends embarking on a life-long road trip together. A beautiful adventure that only gets better…

Who gives Nicole to be married to Morgan?

 

Prayer
(Morgan and Nicole turn to face each other.)

You may now be seated.

 

Personal Reflections
Coming from a brother, it is very hard to not be critical about every boy that comes close to your sister. I think it’s the way God created us. Just the fact that I am doing this today says that I have come a long way from slamming the door on each boy who would come to our house and ask to see you. And although I have watched you closely, as a brother should do, I can honestly say I see the love and joy that you cause and bring out in Nicole – and for that I am grateful. I am grateful that you love Jesus, you want to be a faithful husband and you care for my sister by serving her.

Nicole, I am proud of the woman you have become and are becoming. I am so blessed to see your heart and life change as you are being shaped by Jesus and am so joyful you have found the one who you want to spend your life with!

 

Biblical Charge
Morgan and Nicole, the Bible paints a vivid picture of your roles as husband and wife. You have the opportunity and responsibility of mirroring and modeling Jesus to one another in this relationship.

Morgan, the Bible says the husband is the head of the wife just as Jesus is the head of the Church, His body.

You are to lead your bride in the way that Jesus leads you. Morgan, this position implies authority – but not the type of authority that demands and pulls but rather the authority that serves and guides. Your position as the head is only as effective as your alignment with Jesus. Your call is to operate as the head – being the one who leads, who protects, who provides, who repents, who initiates and who gives direction in all things.

It is also clear that Jesus loved the Church by giving up Himself for Her: Morgan – You are to constantly give up your rights and wants to better serve and love Nicole. Day by day you are charged to reflect the love of Jesus by making small, moment by moment sacrifices. Your position as the head is best exercised when you put the needs of Nicole before yours and give up the things you imagine you deserve to better serve and love Nicole.

Nicole, the Bible also says that the wife is to submit to her husband just as the church submits to Jesus.

God has placed Morgan as your covering to love and lead you. Nicole, just as we, the Church, gladly submit to Jesus in His direction, provision and care; so you are called to willingly submit to Morgan as he seeks to serve and love you. Your submission is not a blind following but a sincere trust and bending of your will to His leading. It is the ongoing position of surrendering your desire to take control and humbling yourself out of your love for Jesus.

Just as God calls the husband to love, so He also calls the wife to respect. Nicole, just as you are built up and filled by being loved, so is Morgan built up and filled by having your respect. Giving that Morgan is pursuing Jesus – your respect to him is based out of love and honor, not fear or mandate. Always strive to be thankful in your attitude, encouraging in your words and affirming in your actions – speak the truth in love and build up not break down.

As I can testify, marriage is not only one of the best revealers of your heart but is also one of the best ways to model the Gospel! Your joy and love will increase in proportion to your alignment to Jesus – seek to please Jesus and you will find yourself pleased!

 

Personal Vows
Morgan and Nicole have chosen to read one another their own personal vows…

(Morgan and Nicole read personal vows)

- Officiant: Morgan do you receive Nicole to be your wife, to have and hold from this day forth, through all the changing experiences of life?
- Morgan: I do.
- Officiant: Nicole do you receive Morgan to be your husband, to have and hold from this day forth, through all the changing experiences of life?
- Nicole: I do.

 

Ring Ceremony
May we have the rings.

These rings are made special because of the commitment it displays, not because of the metals it contains. It is meant to remind you always of your covenant before and between God and one another.

Morgan will you place the ring on Nicole’s finger and repeat after me…
Nicole, I give this ring to you
as a sign that I choose you
and as a reminder that I will always love you.
Though I will fail and fall,
May this ring stand as a reminder,
That I will stay faithful
as Jesus has been faithful to us.

Nicole, will you place the ring on Morgan’s finger and repeat after me…
Morgan, I give this ring to you
as a sign that I choose you
and as a reminder that I will always love you.
Though I will fail and fall,
May this ring stand as a reminder,
That I will stay faithful
as Jesus has been faithful to us.

 

Foot Washing Ceremony
As we close the ceremony, Morgan and Nicole have chosen to wash one another’s feet as a sign of their love and service to one another…

Let’s read the story of Jesus from the Scriptures:

John 13:2-5 (NIV)
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

There is a mountain of meaning behind this action. The feet of those twelve men were caked with the dust of daily travels. The job of washing feet was reserved for the slave of the home. Yet, in striking fashion, Jesus – the one who spoke galaxies into existence – dons the towel of a poor slave and wipes the muddied feet of his friends. What a display of love – a love that would bend as low as necessary to lift up, a love that would enter into the mess so it could make things once again clean. This is what Jesus not only does for us, but calls us to do for one another – love by serving and humbling ourselves.

As Morgan and Nicole enter into this new relationship, this action is more than a symbol. It is a vow to always remain in a humble position – to lift up the other, even at great cost to itself. It is a reminder to love and serve like Jesus has so greatly loved and served us – even and especially in the messes.

 

Prayer

 

Pronouncement and Kiss
Having committed yourselves to each other in love and sealing these vows by the giving and receiving of rings, I, by the authority of this State and by the higher authority of God’s Word, pronounce you husband and wife! Morgan you may now kiss my sister!

It is my privilege to be the first to congratulate and introduce you to your family and friends as Mr. and Mrs. Morgan and Nicole Quiroz!

 

Recessional
“The Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

 

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The Marriage Celebration of Kathryn and Ryan

Processional
“Simple Gifts,” Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr.
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Johann Sebastian Bach

Welcome

Opening Prayer
“Wedding Prayer” by Robert Louis Stevenson
Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.
Amen

Intentions
- Celebrant: Kathryn, will you have this man to be your husband; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?
- Kathryn: I will.
- Celebrant: Ryan, will you have this woman to be your wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?
- Ryan: I will.
- Celebrant: Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold Kathryn and Ryan in their marriage?
- People:  We will.

Presentation of the Bride
- Celebrant: Who gives this woman to marry this man?
- Mother of the bride: She comes of her own accord, with the full support of her father and me.*

Readings

“On Marriage,” Khalil Gibran
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

Ruth 1: 16 – 17
And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you. For where you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. / Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.

An excerpt from The Gift, Hafiz
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.

Marriage Address

Wedding Vows
(Face each other, hold hands.)
- Ryan: I, Ryan, take you, Kathryn, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, all the days of my life. This is my solemn vow.
- Kathryn: I, Kathryn, take you, Ryan, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, all the days of my life. This is my solemn vow.

Exchange of Rings
(Let go of hands.)
- Groom: Kathryn, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you in the name of God.
- Bride: Ryan, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you in the name of God.

Blessing
(Celebrant joins the right hands of the couple.)
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you.
May God give you grace not to sell yourselves short. Grace to risk something big for something good.
Grace to remember that the world is too dangerous a place
for anything but truth,
And too small for anything but love.
May God take your minds and think through them.
May God take your hands and work through them.
May God take your lips and speak through them.
May God take your hearts and set them on fire.*

Declaration of Marriage
Ryan and Kathryn, with the blessing and support of your families and friends, by the vows you have made to one another, by the strength of your covenant, and in the presence of God, it is my pleasure to pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may kiss your bride.

Recessional
“The Holly and the Ivy,” Cecil Sharp

 

*Thank you to Joanna Goddard for inspiring this presentation of the bride, and to Reverend Liz Jones for this blessing.

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