Christian Ceremony with Personalized Vows

The Marriage Ceremony of Elizabeth Ann & Adam

 

PROCESSIONAL

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Dear friends, we have come together to share in the joy of Adam and Elizabeth Ann’s love for one another. We witness the celebration of spiritual love and covenant in the warmth of God’s presence. I invite each of you to be at peace, and to listen with your heart and spirit, to this most joyous ceremony. May God fill your spirit with love and truth. Let us pray.

 

GIVING OF BRIDE:
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
(Her mother and I)

This is a holy time, we are celebrating a holy sacrament; the first in the Bible, the union of Adam and Eve. Jesus tells us that whenever two or more are gathered in His name, He is among us. And if He is among us, we are standing on Holy Ground. (Kanda Sings)
Adam and Elizabeth Ann, early in your lives, you both obeyed a calling to desperately seek God, wanting more of Him. That calling has saturated every aspect of your lives.

Romans 12:2 TELLS US
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
1Cor. 10:31
Whether, then, you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Because you have both pursued His will and His glory, you stand here today before the throne of God and these witnesses with the one He chose for you before the foundation of the earth.
CHALLENGE TO BRIDE AND GROOM

To understand what a Christian marriage is, we have to go back thousands of years and find its model in the Jewish tradition. A young suitor would set his affection on his bride-to-be and then request an appointment with her father to ask for her hand in marriage. He would have a covenant in hand along with a dowry. If the father and daughter were satisfied with the terms and payment, the young groom would pour a cup of wine and set it before his bride. If she took it up, she covenanted with him to be his bride. Then he would say the words, “I go to prepare a place for you”.

He then left to build the bridal chamber onto his father’s house. Usually, about a year later, when the addition was completed, his father would tell him to go get his bride. The procession would head toward the bride’s neighborhood, often at midnight, then she would be called to accompany her husband back to their new home together.

Our cultures are different, times have changed to be sure, but there is a truth hidden in there that I want you both to remember. Just as the husband would build their new home onto his father’s house, Adam, it is your responsibility to keep your bride and yourself very near your Heavenly Father. Build your home together on the foundation already laid through Jesus Christ. Adam, love Elizabeth Ann as Christ loves His Bride, the Church. Lay your life down for her if and when necessary. Elizabeth Ann, submit yourself to Adam’s spiritual leadership and Adam, take care that you lead her in the path of eternal life. Let love be your home for as it says in I Corinthians13,

“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, and 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.”

Adam, you have fought and sacrificed for your bride! And with that same passion, continue to pursue a deeper intimacy in your relationship with her, just as the Father does with us. YOU are the picture of the Bridegroom, Jesus to us all today.
Elizabeth Ann, you have prepared and made yourself ready for your GROOM. You stand in honor and purity. Nothing has kept you from this day. Just as we are to prepare for the Father, YOU are the picture of us – the church – who make ourselves ready for the Bridegroom, Jesus.
READING

 

EXCHANGE OF VOWS

Adam, do you receive Elizabeth Ann to be your wedded wife? Do you accept her as God’s precious gift to you? Do you wish to have and to hold her from this day forward, to nurture and protect? Do you promise to love and cherish her as long as you both shall live?
(I do.)

Elizabeth Ann, do you receive Adam to be your wedded husband? Do you accept him as God’s precious gift to you? Do you wish to have and to hold him from this day forward, to nurture and protect? Do you promise to love and cherish him as long as you both shall live?
(I do.)

 

ADAM TAKE ELIZABETH ANN’S HAND AND SPEAK THESE WORDS FROM YOUR HEART…
I, Adam take you Elizabeth Ann, to be my Wife
in the eyes of God and under the law of man.
I promise to choose you everyday,
because I believe that love is a choice and a commitment.

I will practice patience and kindness,
seek and listen to your counsel,
and consider your desires and needs above my own.
As your husband, I will encourage you
in ways that embolden you AND strengthen you,
and lead you towards being the woman
that God created you to be.

I will never leave you or forsake you,
I will remain committed to you
in times of health, sickness, joy, and sorrow.

I vow to seek God first in my life,
place you second,
and with Him as our cornerstone,
together live in accordance with His will.

 

ELIZABETH ANN, HOLD TIGHTLY TO ADAM’S HAND AND SPEAK THESE WORDS FROM YOUR HEART…
I, Elizabeth Ann, take you, Adam, to be my Husband
in the eyes of God and under the law of man.
I promise to choose you everyday,
because I believe that love is a choice and a commitment.

I will practice patience and kindness,
seek and listen to your counsel,
and consider your desires and needs above my own.

As your wife, I will encourage you
in ways that embolden you AND strengthen you,
and lead you towards being the man
that God created you to be.

I will never leave you or forsake you,
but I will remain committed to you
in times of health, sickness, joy, and sorrow.

I vow to seek God first in my life,
place you second,
and with Him as our cornerstone,
together live in accordance with His will.

 

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

In ancient times, the ring was often exchanged as a part of the wedding ceremony to represent the giving up of all earthly goods to the espoused. The ring would carry with it all of the authority of its owner and the bride and groom could, by wearing each other’s ring, enjoy the status of a unique oneness of name and identity.

Adam and Elizabeth Ann have each brought a token of their love in the form of a ring, and by giving it away, they are giving themselves wholly to each other.
May I have the rings?

Adam, take your ring, place it on the ring finger of Elizabeth Ann’s left hand and repeat after me:

With this ring, I thee wed.
Please accept it as my covenant
of all that I am and all that I have.
I pledge my love to you and you alone.

Elizabeth Ann, take your ring and place it on the ring finger of Adam’s left hand and repeat after me:

With this ring, I thee wed.
Please accept it as my covenant
of all that I am and all that I have.
I pledge my love to you and you alone.

Though there will only be two signing as witnesses, Adam and Elizabeth Ann would like you all to stand as family and witness as they sign the marriage certificate.

(Duet w Canda and Erica)

 

PRONOUNCEMENT

Now that Adam and Elizabeth Ann have given themselves to each other by solemn vows before God and this company, and have shown their affection and trust by the giving and receiving of rings, they ask you as witnesses, will you promise to support, encourage and pray for their marriage. If so, please say: I will

And now, Adam and Elizabeth Ann, receive this blessing:
May the Lord bless and protect you, may His face radiate with joy because of you, may He be gracious to you, show you His favor and give you His peace.

I now pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the Name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.

Adam, you may kiss your bride.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I present to you for the very first time:
Mr. and Mrs. ADAM POWELL

 

SEE ELIZABETH ANN & ADAM’S WEDDING FEATURE RIGHT HERE.

Skip to toolbar