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Sample Ceremony

SAMPLE CEREMONY
** items listed in parentheses and in italics are optional.

 
Welcome

It is with great joy and love that we have gathered here to celebrate the marriage of (names of couple). They have invited us to be with them, and though we may be strangers to each other, we are a community today through our love for them and their love for us. They have chosen to commit themselves to each other for life and called us here so they might make their promises before us and before God. They choose to make their covenant not only between themselves, but with God in Jesus Christ. Let us rejoice with them. 

 
(Opening Hymn)
 
Meaning of marriage

The covenant relationship between two people in heart, body and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy, for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity. It is a holy covenant between two people, pledged to love each other, trust each other and face all of life together. Reverence of God and of each other must sustain it. Therefore, it is not to be entered into lightly, but reverently & deliberately, according to the purpose for which it is instituted by God. There is no bond stronger, yet more delicate than this union to which (names of couple) have now come to commit themselves. Their lives will never be the same.

 
Prayer

Creator God, on this happy day we acknowledge your presence with us. As (names of couple) come before you to declare their love for one another and their desire to live their lives together as one from this day on, we thank you for the blessings of life; for the joy of love; the excitement of a new beginning. Bless them with your Spirit, that they may know your forgiveness, trust in your promises and find your strength. Praise be to you now and forever, in Jesus Christ. Amen

 
Intentions

Do you, (name), choose (name), as your lifelong partner in this holy union? If so, say ‘I do’.

 
OR

(Name) will you have (name) to be your partner for life, and will you give (name) your vow to care for (name) to love (name) and to share the celebration of the whole of life with (name) which is according to God’s intention in marriage?

 
Family
Will the parents of (names of couple) please stand?
 

Do you give your blessing to (names of couple) and promise to uphold them in their marriage with guidance, support, and love? If so, say ‘We do.’

 
Congregation

Will the rest of (names of couple)'s family and friends please stand? As the friends and families gathered together today, we come to support them as they exchange their vows. 

 

So, will all of you support them with your prayers, your love, and nurturing spirit? If so, say ‘We will.’

 
Scripture/Reading/Poem

(homily)
 
Vows
Write own vows
 
OR
 

(Name), I promise, with God’s help; to love, respect and be faithful to you; share openly with you; speak truth to you; comfort and care for you; seek the best for you and from you; serve and encourage you; as long as we both shall live.

 
Rings
(Name), I give this ring, from my heart to your hand. With it, I promise you the treasures of my mind, body and soul. I give you my trust and commitment. Thank you for accepting my love.
 
(Lighting of Unity Candle or a ritual)
 
(Communion)

Prayer

Nurturing God, thank you for the wonderful love which (names of couple) share with one another. Bless their marriage with your Spirit that they may grow together in their commitment to each other and to you. Thank you for your gift of life; may they ever be mindful of your presence and love in their midst. May they always keep you at the center of their lives and their home. We ask all in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

 
(Second Hymn)
 
Declaration of Marriage
By the authority given me as a minister of the gospel, I declare that you, (name) and you, (name) are partners for life. Become one, fulfill your promises, be filled with compassion, kindness and patience, forgiving each other as God forgives you. Live in faith, abound in hope and let love bind everything together in perfect harmony, now and forever.
 
Blessing

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is with you now and forever. Amen.

 
You may now kiss.
 
Presentation

I am privileged to present to you in marriage (names of couple). Love and support them, for they need you, now and for the rest of their journey together.