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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon Beautiful Wedding Ceremony ]


BEAUTIFUL WEDDING CEREMONY
Lonnie Branam

Song before processional.

The Processional

Who gives this bride in marriage?

Appropriate to this occasion is this reading from the Bible: “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam and 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 because she was taken from 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 from man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” The one true God of heaven and earth has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society to help Him fulfill the purpose He has in mind for mankind. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is written, “The Lord God brought her to the man,” and God, in His kind providence, continues to “bring the woman to the man.” A church building seems to me to offer the most beautiful surroundings of all for a wedding, but the primary reason for a “church wedding” should not be the atmosphere. Rather, the setting symbolizes the truth that a good marriage is built on love of God and His Divine Son Jesus Christ. These two young people are Christians and serve Jesus Christ as the Lord and Master of their lives. Because they are Christians, Christ has written their names in His “ Lamb's Book of Life,” and they are looking for a city whose Builder and Maker is God.

PRAYER

Let us now invokce the blessings of God on this marriage and for the love this man and woman have for each other: “Most gracious and merciful heavenly Father, unto you belongs glory, power, honor and praise, for you have created the world and all things in it. It is in you that we live, move and have our being. We ask You to look down with favor on this man and woman who come before you to be united together as husband and wife. They have first committed their lives to You and Your Son, the Savior of the world, and now they would commit their lives to one another in marriage. They look to You as the Author of marriage, for You joined the first man and woman in holy wedlock in the garden of Eden. We thank you for the marriage institution, and for all the love and happiness it has brought to the human race. We pray that they may prosper in all things and be in health, even as their souls prosper. We lift up this petition in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who now sits at Your right hand in heaven as King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Amen.”

The theme of this wedding is: “Dreams Come True.” I feel certain that
marriage between this man and woman is the fulfillment of a dream which they both had. Have we not all had dreams of what we want to be in life, who we want spend the rest of our life with, where we want to go, and what we want to do? What an exciting thing it is to achieve those goals we have dreamed about! Isn't it wonderful that God made us with the capacity to dream and has given us the ability to make our dreams come true. To dream, to hitch one's wagon to a star, is the first equipment for the battle of life. Our dreams are the golden ladder by which we climb to the heavenly places. There are many things in store for those who are willing to dream. I believe that no great life was ever built except on the fundation of a dream. It is said of Walt Disney that he never stopped being a little boy, and he made many of his dreams come true. Millions of people have received much enjoyment from the results of his dreams. Human beings are the only creatures in the universe that have he capacity of exercising creative imagination. God made us to be dreamers, and He wants us to make our dreams come true. All of this makes us the most unique creatures in all of creation. My counsel to all young people is dare to dream the most wonderful dreams in the world. Shoot for the moon and give your dreams all you've got. Then believe that they can come true. A beautiful love song says, “I can fly higher than an eagle, but you are the wind beneath my wings.” We all need a good husband or wife to be the wind beneath our wings. Truly we live in a great, great world, and dreams can come true.


MARRIAGE PROMISES

And now ______ and _____, let's complete the fulfillment of your dream. You have come before God and many witnesses signifying your desire to be united in marriage. Since marriage is a Divine ordinance and universally honored in the world, I now ask you to take heed to the questions I will ask you.

TO THE GROOM: Do you take this woman to be your wife, and do you promise to love, honor and protect her in all truth and tenderness, and do you promise to perform all the duties and services a husband owes to his wife, according to the teachings of the New Testament?

TO THE BRIDE: Do you take this man to be your husband, and do you promise to love, honor and cherish him in all truth and tenderness, and do you promise to perform all the duties and services a wife owes to her husband, according to the teachings of the New Testament?


PLEASE REPEAT THESE WORDS:

I, ______, take you _____, to be my wedded wife, and I do promise, before God and these witnesses, to be your loving husband, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall ilive.

I, ______, take you _______ , to be my wedded husband, and I do promise, before God and these witnesses, to be your loving wife, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.

THE RING SERVICE

The rings you have brought for this occasion have come to have a special meaning among us. The ring is a token and pledge of your faithfulness to the marriage promises

_______, you may now place the ring on her left hand and repeat after me: “With this ring I thee wed It is a token, of my love for you. I believe, with all my heart, that this is forever.

_______, You may now place the ring on his left hand. and repeat after me: “With this ring I thee wed. It is a token, of my love for you. I believe, with all my heart, that this is forever.


PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE

Having pledged your faith in and love to each other, and having sealed your solemn marital promises by the giving and receiving of rings, acting on the authority vested me in by the laws of the state and looking to heaven for divine sanction, I pronounce you husband and wife in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. You may now kiss the bride.


THE CANDLE SERVICE

You will now go to the table for the Candle Service.

Jesus said, “For this cause a man shall leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” In saying two people become one flesh by marriage Jesus was using figurative language to teach the important truth of the unity, closeness , and togetherness of a married couple. When God made Adam and Eve, He took two incomplete beings. and placed them together. Together, they found completeness and fulfillment. ________ and ______ were two and living each one for self until they were united in marriage. . By the goodness of God, they have entered into a spiritual oneness by the act of marriage

The two burning candles symbolically represent your life when you were two before you were married. The single candle when lighted will represent your life together in the divine oneness of marriage. WILL YOU BOTH TAKE A CANDLE and LIGHT THE ONE CANDLE WHICH IS SYMBOLIC OF YOUR LIFE IN THE ESTATE OF MARRIAGE, AND THEN EXTINGUISH THE TWO CANDLES SYMBOLIC OF YOUR LIFE BEFORE MARRIAGE.

Henceforth, you belong to each other. Jesus would have you be one in mind, one in heart, one in purpose and one in affections.

PRESENTATION TO AUDIENCE

It is with great pleasure I present to Mr. and Mrs._______________.

Feel free to use any part of this ceremony in another wedding.
-----Lonnie Braam

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