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Reverend Garth McFadden - Ceremony

What kind of a ceremony do you want.... Traditional or Contemporary? We have poems and vows to choose from or write your own. Or perhaps you need to know what comes first in the wedding ceremony? Garth can help you perfect your most important day.

The Traditional Wedding Ceremony

 

In the course of time the Bride and Groom are to stand before the Minister, the Groom on the right and the Bride on the left.

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.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Let us pray -

Lord we thank you for the many gifts that you have given to us, but today we are especially thankful for the give of marriage, the finding of the special person who we long to spend the rest of our live with. I ask that you would bless this union and this ceremony, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Please be seated.

Minister

Dearly beloved we are gathered her together in the sight of God, and these many witnesses, to join together this man and this woman in holy Matrimony and to celebrate with them this union. Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

Father/Friend of the Bride

I do.

Minister - Charge to the Bride & Groom

Marriage is an institution created and ordained by God, and it is God our creator who will unite you today. What this means is, as His servant, I am merely His representative in this ceremony. God is the true Minister who will unite you as husband and wife. And as your true priest He will be with you as you greet the joys and the challenges that each day may bring. I charge you to make Him the foundation of your union and also encourage you to take full advantage of His loving and guiding presence.

Minister - Charge to the Witnesses

To the witnesses I say, you are the close friends and family whom John and Jane have chosen to share this, their wedding day with. Being among those closest to their hearts means that you have the greatest influence in their lives. I charge you this day, to always use that influence to draw them closer together and never use it as a force that would pull them apart.

Minister

These two persons present themselves to be joined in holy Matrimony, if anyone can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

If either of you know of any reason why you may not be lawfully joined together you are required to confess it now.

John, do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to love, comfort, and honor her, forsaking all others giving yourself to her alone as long as you both shall live. If so say I do.

Groom

I do.

Minister

Jane, do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to love, comfort, and honor him, forsaking all others giving yourself to him alone as long as you both shall live. If so say I do.

Bride

I do.

Minister

Please turn towards each other, now John take Jane’s right hand in yours and repeat after me.

I John take thee,

Jane, to be my wedded wife,

to have and to hold from this day forward,

for better for worse, for richer for poorer,

in sickness and in health, till death us do part.

I pledge to you my life.

Minister

Now Jane take John’s right hand in yours and repeat after me.

I Jane take thee, John,

to be my wedded husband,

to have and to hold from this day forward,

for better for worse, for richer for poorer

in sickness and in health, till death us do part.

I pledge to you my life.

 

John, do you have a ring for Jane?

John place this ring on the fourth finger of Jane’s left hand and repeat after me.

With this ring I thee wed.

This a token of my love for you.

 

Jane, do you have a ring for John?

Jane place this ring on the fourth finger of John’s left hand and repeat after me.

With this ring I thee wed.

This a token of my love for you.

Forasmuch as John and Jane have consented together in holy wedlock, before God and these many witnesses, exchanging their vows and declaring the same by giving and receiving rings. By the authority given to me by God, and acknowledged by the Province of British Columbia I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.

You my now kiss the Bride.

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Matthew 19 4-6

Let us pray –

Lord I pray that you would bless this union and bless this household. May it be a house filled with peace and joy… may it be a prosperous and productive household. And I pray Lord that they would never find the end or bottom of their love for each other, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Let us now sign the register.

From this day forward, I will be there for you—

I will sing your joys, cry your sorrows

And stand by your side

Through whatever life may bring your way.

From this day forward, through good times and bad,

I will live with you, grow and change with you,

I will do all I can to keep our marriage

Strong and happy and alive with possibilities.

From this day forward, I will cherish you---

I will look with joy down the path of our tomorrows

And find peace and happiness knowing

We will walk it together,

Side by side, hand in hand

Heart to heart

May I now present Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Optional - Unity Candle Ceremony

John and Jane are going to light their Unity Candle, a symbol of their marriage relationship. The candles, from which they light it, have been lit by their families to represent their lives to this moment. The lights, representing the faith, wisdom, and love they have received from their family, are distinct, each burning alone. John and Jane will light the center candle to symbolize the union of their lives. Two families forming a new family. Depicting John and Jane’s belief that together they can become greater than each could alone. The side candles will remain burning to further symbolize that their individuality will not be diminished but actually strengthened by this union. May these candles burn brightly as symbols of your commitment to each other, and as a tribute to your families.

Optional – Communion

I’m now going invite John & Jane to partake from the Lord’s table.

This will be their first meal together as husband & wife. Communion, which stands for common union, like marriage, is an act of covenant. A blood covenant is an unconditional commitment that is to be defended with your body & blood. The bread represents the body that is willing to be broken for the covenant partner. The wine represents the blood that is willing to be shed for the covenant partner. There is no greater love than the love that says I will lay my life down for you. Jesus possessed that love for His bride, & I believe you possess that love for each other.

Take this bread representing Christ’s body and your bodies that you’re willing to broke for each other and eat.

Take this wine representing Christ’s blood and your blood that you’re willing to shed for each other and drink.

Minister / Officiant

Pastor Garth McFadden

Performing both Traditional and Contemporary Christian wedding ceremonies

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