Photography: Ashley Cox
While the people gather, music & hymns are options here.
Pastor to people: Friends, we are gathered together in the sight of God To witness and bless the joining together of Groom and Bride in marriage. Groom and Bride come to give themselves to one another in this holy covenant.
DECLARATION OF INTENTION
Pastor to the persons who are to marry: I ask you now, in the presence of God and these people, to declare your intention to enter into union with one another through the grace of Jesus Christ, who calls you into union with himself as acknowledged in your baptism.
Pastor to the bride: Bride’s name, will you have Groom’s name to be your husband, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in heath, and forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live? Bride: I will.
Pastor to the Groom: Groom’s name, will you have Bride’s name to be your wife, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her aslong as you both shall live? Groom: I will.
FAMILY BLESSING (OR “GIVING AWAY”)
Pastor: Who offers their blessing to this marriage? Mother: Her family & I.
Pastor: Let us pray. God of all peoples, You are the true light illumining everyone. You show us the way, the truth, and the life. You love us even when we are disobedient. You sustain us with your Holy Spirit. We rejoice in your life in the midst of our lives. We praise you for your presence with us, And especially in this act of solemn covenant; Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 13
Typically this is 23 minutes combining the scripture and my knowledge of the couple. (this was adlibbed)
Pastor: Let us pray. Eternal God, creator and preserver of all life, Author of salvation, giver of all grace: Bless and sanctify with your Holy Spirit Name and Name, who come now to join in marriage. Grant that they may give their vows to each other. In the strength of your steadfast love enable them to grow in love and peace with you and with one another all their days, that they may reach out in concern and service to the world; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
EXCHANGE OF VOWS
The bride and groom face each other, joining hands.
Groom to Bride:
In the name of God, I, Groom’s Name, take you, Bride’s Name, 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, Until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
Bride to Groom:
In the name of God, I, Bride’s Name, take you, Groom’s Name, 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, Until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
BLESSING AND EXCHANGE OF RINGS
Pastor: These rings are the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to us the union between Jesus Christ and his church. Prayer Blessing the Rings: Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may live in your peace and continue in your favor all the days of their life; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Man to Woman & then Woman to Man: Name, I give you this ring As a sign of my vow, And with all that I am, And all that I have, I honor you; In the name of the Father, And of the Son, And of the Holy Spirit.
DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE
Holding Hands Pastor to husband and wife: You have declared your consent and vows before God and this congregation. May God confirm your covenant and fill you both with grace. Pastor to people: Now that Name and Name have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands, and the giving and receiving of rings, I announce to you that they are husband and wife; In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder.
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
Pastor to wife and husband: God the Eternal keep you in love with each other, so that the peace of Christ may abide in your home. Go to serve God and your neighbor in all that you do. Pastor to people: Bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that those to whom love is a stranger will find in you generous friends. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
INTRODUCTION OF THE COUPLE
Pastor: I introduce to you, for the first time, Mr. & Mrs. Groom’s Last Name