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Summary: Wedding Message and Vows. This message was based on two scripture passages requested by the couple. Psalms 100 and Colossians 3. The Vows were written by the couple.

Prelude:

General Seating

Procession:

Groomsmen

Bridesmaids

Maid (Matron) of Honor

Bride and Father of the bride

Welcome & Prayer

Giving away of Bride by Father

Introduction

We are gathered this beautiful spring afternoon to experience a mystical and magical moment in life. There are many wonderful experiences in life.

The wonder of a plant that grows from a seed. The amazing sights and sounds of the birth of a child. The incredible taste of a chocolate bar. The feel of the wind on your face and the flipping sensation in your stomach as you ride your first roller coaster. The pride of driving down main street in your own car for the first time in your life.

Nothing. Nothing. Nothing even begins to approach the mystical and magical happening that occurs when two lives are joined by God and made one! Are you ready?

Questions concerning Vows

______________will you have ______________to be your lawfully wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinances in the holy estate of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, respect, and keep her in sickness and health, forsaking all others for as long as you both shall live?

______________will you have ______________to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinances in the holy estate of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, respect, and keep him in sickness and health, forsaking all others for as long as you both shall live?

Prayer of Consecration

Message

I would like to read from two passages of scripture that you have selected to read this afternoon.

Psalm 100 says: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

_____, ______, The Bible reveals that God imagined you, then He designed you and finally he created you.

_________he created you with (insert personal remarks).

God gave you this woman so that you would know the thanksgiving, forever love and faithfulness which comes from God through your love for her and her love for you.

_________, God created you with(Insert personal remarks).

God introduced you to _______________ for your gladness, thanksgiving, forever love and faithfulness.

The second scripture you selected was Colossians 3. It describes the attitudes of love which God wants you to have for one another and for everyone your lives touch.

Colossians 3:12-16:

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish on another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And, whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Someday you will not be young. You will look on this day and wonder at it. My blessing for you this day is that on that day many years from now your front lawn will be filled with children who are your children’s children and that while your hair might be gray and bones might be stiff that your hearts will be golden and your spirits soft and tender toward each other.

Song “Gift of Love” Unity Candle

Prayer of Blessing

Exchange of Vows

Vows (Groom)

I, ___________, give you, ___________, my heart. I will be your constant friend, your faithful partner in life, and your one true love. I give you the gift of my love. I will wait for you, Always, Forever, No Matter What.

I give to you, in the presence of God and these witnesses, my solemn promise to stay by your side as your faithful husband for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in good times and in bad.

I further promise to build a household of faith with you, to honor and respect you and comfort you in times of troubles. I will be open and honest with you, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in mind and spirit, and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

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