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Here's a rough outline of our ceremony:
Welcome and thank you for joining us today! Brian and Sarah have asked all of you to be with them here today to witness their blessed union because each of you has given something of yourselves into their lives.
Call to Worship
We are gathered here today in the presence of friends and family, together under God, to celebrate the love which Brian and Sarah have for each other, and to join these two lives together on the path that God has laid out before them. They bring the dreams which bind them together in an eternal commitment. They bring their gifts and talents, their unique personalities and spirits, which God will unite together into one being as they build their life together. We rejoice with them in thankfulness to the Lord for creating this union of hearts, built on friendship, respect and love.
Giving of the Bride in Marriage
Who gives this woman to be married to this man?
"Her mother and I do." (My dad and mom)
Charge to Congregation
Scripture Reading (done by Tim McDowell)
1 Corinthians 13:1-13??
Blessing of the Hands (done by Sandy and Ben Aste)
Brian and Sarah, please turn to face each other. Hold each others hands, so you
may see the gift that they are to you.
These hands you are holding on your wedding day are the hands of your best friend who
promises to love you all the days of your life.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours as, together, you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you throughout the years
as you laugh together and cry together, and as you share your innermost secrets and
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick or console you when you
These are the hands that will give you support as you chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will work together so that everything you wish for can be
Together, everything you wish for can be realized.
God, bless the hands that you see before you this day. May they always be held by one
another. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of
fear. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their love.
Help these hands to continue building a relationship founded in your grace, rich in
caring, and devoted to reaching for your perfect purpose.
Vows and Exchanging of Rings
You may pledge your vows now.
Pledge/Declaration of Intent
Sarah and Brian, you have made a very serious and important decision in choosing to marry each other today. You are entering into a sacred covenant as life partners in God. The quality of your marriage will reflect what you put into nurturing this relationship. You have the opportunity to go forward from this day to create a faithful, kind, and meaningful relationship. We bless you this day. It is up to you to keep the blessings flowing each and every day of your lives together. We pray for you the wisdom, compassion, and constancy to create a peaceful sanctuary in which you can both grow in love.
Brian, do you understand and accept this responsibility, and do you promise to do your very best each day to create a loving, healthy, and happy marriage?
"Yes, I do. (Brian)
Sarah, do you understand and accept this responsibility, and do you promise to do your very best each day to create a loving, healthy, and happy marriage?
"Yes, I do. (Sarah)
Unity Candle/Mission Statement
The two outside candles have been lighted to represent both your lives in this moment. They are two distinct lights, each capable of going their separate ways. As you join now in marriage, there is a merging of these two lights into one light. This is what the Lord meant when He said, "On this account a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh." From now on your thoughts shall be for each other rather than your individual selves. Your plans shall be mutual, your joys and sorrows shall be shared alike. As you each take a candle and together light the center one, you will extinguish your own candles, thus letting the center candle represent the union of your lives into one flesh. As this one light cannot be divided, neither shall your lives be divided. You will remain united in a Christian home. May the radiance of this one light be a testimony of your unity in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In as much as you have pledged to the other your lifelong commitment of love and devotion, Sarah and Brian, if there is anything you remember of this ceremony, it is that it was the love of God that brought you here today, it is only love which can make your marriage a glorious union and it is by love which your marriage shall endure.
Brian: We have decided to create a statement that is the essence of what our path and purpose is in this life. As part of our family, a Goff family, we build up the dreams of others and stand in the gap for them until they can stand for themselves, glorifying God in all we do.
<light the unity candle>
Declaration and Blessing of the Couple
By the power and authority vested in me and according to the laws of the state of Colorado, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
You may kiss your bride.
Presentation of Couple
Ladies and gentleman, it is my pleasure to be the first to introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. Brian Goff!