The Wedding

Father John:

I would like to welcome you to St. Peter’s Church on this occasion the marriage of Tina and Dale.  They would like also to know that you would join them in the reception in Moore Hall following this service or right after the recessional if you will go out the back of the church turn to your right, please celebrate with them their wedding.

Who presents this woman to be married to this man?

Sandra:
I do on behalf of our family.

Father John:

The bond and covenant of marriage was established by god in creation in our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life with his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  It signifies to us, the union between Christ and his church and it is to be entered into not unadvisedly or lightly but deliberately and in accordance with the purposes for which was instituted by God.

Tina and Dale have now come to be joined in that marriage.  Tina I will ask you to answer, “I Will” to the following:

Tina will you have this man to be your husband to live together in the covenant of marriage, will you love him, honor, comfort and keep him in sickness and in health forsaking all others be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

Tina:

I will.

 

Father John:

Dale if you answer “I will” to the following:

Dale 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?

Dale:

I will.

 

Father John:

I’ll ask the congregation to answer, “we will” to the following:

Will all of you witnessing these promises, do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

Congregation:

We will.

 

Father John and Dale:

In the name of God—I Dale take you Tina—to by 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’re parted by death—this is my solemn vow.

 

Father John and Tina:

In the name of God—I Tina take you Dale—to by 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’re parted by death—this is my solemn vow.

 

Father John:

May I have the rings?

The giving and receiving of rings are the symbols of the dedication of one person to another and their commitment.  The circular shape of the ring signifies the unending relationship of love that God has granted us, and that we share with one another.

Bless, Oh Lord, these rings to be the signs of the vows by which this man and this woman have bound themselves to each other through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Father John and Dale:

Tina, I give you this ring—as a symbol of my vow—with all that I am—and all that I have—I honor you in God’s name. 

 

Father John and Tina:

Dale, I give you this ring—as a symbol of my vow—with all that I am—and all that I have—I honor you in God’s name.

 

Father John:

Now that Tina and Dale have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that they are husband and wife in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder.  Amen.

Now let us joint together in saying the words our Savior Christ taught us:

Everyone:

Our father who art in heaven, hallow be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth

as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Father John:

Let us pray.

Eternal God, creator and preserver of all life, giver of salvation and grace.  Look with favor upon the world for which your son gave his life and upon these two persons whom you bring together in holy matrimony.  Give them wisdom and devotion in ordering of their common life that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy.  Give them such fulfillment of their mutual affection that they may reach out in love and concern for others.  And grant that all married persons who hear this day have witnessed these vows, may find their lives strengthened and their loyalties reconfirmed.  For you have consecrated the covenant of marriage, representing unity between Christ and his church.  Send your blessing upon these two your servants…Dale and Tina. That may love, honor and cherish each other in faithfulness and in true godliness, and that their home may always be a haven of blessing and peace. 

The lighting of the Unity Candle is another symbol of the unity of relationships as two families are brought together in one.  And as the light of the world as God has revealed it in Jesus Christ will never be darkened.

And now the peace of God which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and the love of God and of his son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  The blessing of God almighty, father, son and holy spirit be amongst us and remain with us forever.  Amen. 

I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Dale Halleron.