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The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage

The Declaration of Consent

Music - Stories - Written by Kira Shields

The Ministry of the Word

Reader – Dr. Mary Shields Pearson. I Corinthians 13:1-7,13.

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

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, 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease, where there are tongues, they will be stilled, where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Reader – Susan Thomas Logsdon. Love by Roy Croft.

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;

I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.

I love you
because you have done
more than any creed
could have done
to make me good,
and more than any fate
could have done
to make me happy.

You have done it
without a touch,
without a word,
without a sign.
You have done it
by being yourself.
Perhaps that is what love means,
after all.


The Marriage Vows

I promise to give you the best of myself,
trusting that you are giving me your best in return.

I promise to keep myself open to and honest with you,
to share with you my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams.

I promise to bring joy, strength, and imagination to our relationship,
to keep our love alive and exciting.

I promise to share with you my time and my attention,
to continuously evaluate life’s demands with you to best support you and our family

When life throws challenges at us, I promise to face them unafraid with you,
to be willing to change myself and accept changes in you as we adapt to meet those challenges.

I promise to respect you,
to accept your interests, desires, and needs as important as my own.

I promise to encourage you to pursue your dreams,
to help you overcome your personal challenges,
and to bring out the best in you.

I promise to love you in good times and in bad,
with all I have to give and all I feel inside, completely and forever.

Inspired by Dorothy Colgan

The Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be they 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,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

After each of the remaining prayers, the People respond saying, Amen.

The Blessing of the Marriage