Summary: A wedding sermon I did for my son’s wedding.
Who gives this woman to this man? (Please Be Seated)
The Bible begins with a description of the creation. It describes the beginning of Heavens and the Earth, all plant life and animal life…everything.
After each day of creation, the Bible records, “and the Lord saw that it was good.”
But after creating man, God surveyed his new creation, and for the first time in recorded history the Lord said, “It is not good!” “I is not good for man to be alone!”
There was no one to be a suitable companion to share in the joys, sorrows, victories and defeats of life.
So in Gen. 2:21-24 we read: And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, an he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh:
She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered together today, in the presence of God, and the company of your friends and family, to join together this man, .... and this woman, ..... in God’s Holy institution of marriage.
1 Cor. 13:4-Love is patient, love is kind.
There are going to be times when you will be stressed out, or frustrated, but try to remember not to take it out on each other because love is what brought you together.
1 Cor. 13:4-Love is not jealous or boastful
Don’t be jealous of each others success in life, but be proud of one another!
Sometimes we try to make ourselves look better than we really are. We may even criticize our spouse to make us feel better about ourselves.
Learn to build up each other up, to compliment each other, brag on each others strengths.
1 Cor. 13:5-Does not behave rudely
Sometimes we say things or do things to our spouse that we wouldn’t say or do to anybody else.
You need to remember to have respect for each other!
1 Cor. 13:5-Does not seek it’s own
There are going to be times when one of you are both of you are going to want you own way.
Marriage is sometimes about compromise, but is always about communication!
1 Cor. 13:5-Is not provoked
Is not looking for a fight, not looking for an argument, because in a marriage unless you are both perfect, there are always going to be something he does or she does that is going to drive each other nuts!
You have to look past that and remember what brought you together!
1 Cor. 13:5-Thinks no evil
Does not jump to conclusions! Once again communication is the key!
1 Cor. 13:6-Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth
Do not rejoice in your spouses mistakes, even if you were right and your spouse was wrong, but help each other, be there for each other and help each other make right choices!
Paul sums up his beautiful description of love with these words, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
In other words, love never gives up. It hangs on. You can count on it.
...., Wilt thou have this woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the Holy Estate of Matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her and honor her and keep her in sickness and in health and will you forsake all others, and keep only unto her, so long as you both shall live!
...., Wilt thou have this man to be thy wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the Holy Estate of Matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him and honor him and keep him in sickness and in health and will you forsake all others, and keep only unto him, so long as you both shall live!
Do you give this ring as a sign of your love and commitment?
Lighting The Unity Candle
..... and ....., since you have committed yourselves to a lifelong love, before God and these witnesses, and since you have agreed to meet the needs of each other as long as you both shall live, and you have made your intentions public, acting in the authority vested in me by God and His church, I now pronounce you husband and wife!
You may kiss the bride!
I would like to present to you…Mr. and Mrs.