Ceremony Program

Kathy & Kris

[Picture of a bouquet]

August 8th, 1998

South Glens Falls United Methodist Church

 

A glance, a smile,

became a friendship,

grew into love

 

Marriage Ceremony

 

Processional

"Sometimes" (H. Mancini)

Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell / Clarke)

"Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin (R. Wagner)

Address to the congregation

Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the presence of these witnesses, to join together Kris and Kathy in holy matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God, and signifying unto us the mystical union which exists between Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence in Cana of Galilee. It is therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to be joined. If any person can show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him or her now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his or her peace.

Address to the couple

I require and charge you both, as you stand in the presence of God, before whom the secrets of all hearts are disclosed, that, having dully considered the holy covenant you are about to make, you do now declare before this company your pledge of faith, each to the other. Be well assured that if these solemn vows are kept inviolate, as Godís Word demands, and if steadfastly you endeavor to do the will of your heavenly Father, God will bless your marriage, will grant you fulfillment in it, and will establish your home in peace.

Declaration of intention

Kris, wilt thou have this woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all other keep thee only unto her so long as ye both shall live?

Kris: I will.

Kathy, wilt thou have this man to be thy wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all other keep thee only unto him so long as ye both shall live?

Kathy: I will.

Presentation

Who presents this woman to be married to this man?

Mike: On behalf of our family, I do, and we accept Kris as one of our own.

Who presents this man to be married to this woman?

Etienne: On behalf of our family, I do, and we accept Kathy as one of our own.

Unity candle

From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls are destined for each other and find each other, their streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being.

Kris and Kathy, you now light this candle as a symbol of your union. As the flames of your individual candles blend into one to create a new light, so may your individual lives be united to create a new life. May the light of love burn forever in your hearts and in your home.

Scripture reading

I Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Matthew 19:4-6

Have you not read that He who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh"? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

Vows

Kris: I, Kris, take thee Kathy, 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, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith.

Kathy: I, Kathy, take thee Kris, 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, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith.

Poem

True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines

Exchange of the rings

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in holy matrimony, through the Church of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us pray.

Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may abide to thy peace, and continue in thy favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Kris: In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Kathy: In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Solo

"The Rose" (B. Midler)

Pronouncement of marriage

Forasmuch as Kris and Kathy have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have pledged their faith each to the other, and have declared the same by joining hands and giving and receiving rings; I pronounce that they are husband and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Those whom God hath joined together, let no one put asunder. Amen.

Benediction

Let us pray.

O eternal God, creator and preserver of all, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life: Send thy blessing upon this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that they may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant between them made, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws.

Look graciously upon them, that they may love, honor, and cherish each other, and so live together in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and a place of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy 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.
Amen.

Recessional

"Wedding March" from Midsummer Night's Dream (F. Mendelssohn)

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