Wedding Vows: Lutheran, & Methodist & Contempary!
Note: Other Relegious ceremonies can be offered upon request!
There are many types of Lutheran churches in the United States, some more formal than others.
Here is an example of one of the traditionally-used phrasings for vows. “I take you, _____, to be my husband/wife from this day forward, to join with you and share all that is to come, and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.”
”I, _____, take you, _____, to be my husband/wife, and these things I promise you: I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; And I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world, and God; Through the best and the worst of what is to come as long as we live.”
”In the groom of God, I, ______, take you, ______, to be my husband/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, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.”
We are gathered here today in the presence of God and this company to join Bride and Groom in the bonds of sacred marriage. An institution by God ordered and by Jesus Christ endorsed and declared by the Holy Spirit to honor in the sight of all.
In as much as we are here today to celebrate an institution given by God it is altogether fitting and proper Jesus, in quoting this passage warned, “ What God has joined, let no man separate.” The union you are about to form is not imaginary or antiquated. It is real as the God who instituted it and the Jesus Christ who endorsed it. It is to remain un-dissolved in this life even as the vows you make will affirm this.
It is a new relationship, which calls for severance of other relationships in order to honor the marriage partner. Men and women never show more honor for one another than in marriage relationship Godly fulfilled.
At this time, we will ask you to make your vows to one another. Join right hands, please.
Do you, Groom, take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife? Do you promise to love and cherish her in sickness and in health? To care for her above all others in prosperity and adversity and to cleave to her until death do you part?
Do you, Bride, take this man to be your lawful wedded husband? Do you promise to love and cherish him in sickness and in health? To care for him above all others in prosperity and adversity and to cleave to him until death do you part?
Are there rings? For generation rings have been used as tokens of pledges made in good faith and as seals of sacred vows honorably declared. The circular nature of the ring symbolizes the eternal nature of the relationship which you have enjoined yourselves to, its precious metal, the preciousness of your devotion and love. It is a symbol of your pledge to faithfully discharge the duties of husband and wife to one another.
Groom, repeat after me” “With this ring, I thee wed and with all my goods I thee endow, my groom, my heart, my hand, my life, my all until death doth sever the ties that binds.”
Bride, repeat after me” “With this ring, I thee wed and with all my goods I thee endow, my groom, my heart, my hand, my life, my all until death doth sever the ties that binds.”
And now, by the authority vested in me by the State of Georgia, I pronounce you husband and wife.
Groom, you may kiss your bride. I am pleased to present to you,
Mr. And Mrs.______________________________
Wedding Ceremony :
MINISTER: “Let us pray. Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open and all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and magnify Your Holy Name. Through Your Spirit of Love, we pray. Amen.”
Minister: Bride and Groom,
“Today you are surrounded by your friends and family, all of whom have gathered to witness your marriage and to share in the joy of this occasion which will be one of the most memorable and happy days of life. As you know, no priest, minister, rabbi or public official can marry you. You are the only one who can make this commitment. Only through a mutual commitment to love God and each other- working towards creating an atmosphere of care, consideration, and respect, by willingness to face the tensions and anxieties that underlie human life – can you make your wedded life come alive.”
“ON this day of your marriage, you stand somewhat apart from all others. You stand within the charmed circle of your love and this is as it should be. However, love is not meant to be the possession of two people alone. Rather, it should serve as a source of common energy- as a form in which you find the strength to live your lives with courage.”
“All of us here wish for you a love that makes you both come to know your perfect self, that continues to give you the joy and zest for living, and provides you with the energy to face the responsibilities of life.”
“We wish for you a home. Not just a place of stone and wood, but an island of sanity and serenity in a frenzied world. This home is not just a place of private and retreat, but rather serves as a temple where values of your lives are generated and upheld. Your home can stand as symbol of love, peace, truth and social justice. We wish for you, a home with books, poetry, and music. A home with all things that represent the highest strivings of humankind.”
“Finally, we wish that at the end of your lives, you will be able to say these two things to each other: “Because you have loved me, you have given faith in myself.” “Because I loved you, I have received faith in humanity.”
“At this time, we remind ourselves that the that the estate of wedlock is a holy one and not to be lightly entered upon, but only under the guidance of Infinite Wisdom and Divine Love.”
“Scripture informs us that that the first miracle of Jesus took place at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. It was there that He turned water into wine, signifying the bringing of joy into the hearts of those present. It is our belief that this same loving Christ presence is with us today. As we open our hearts to receive His blessing, He fills us with the joy of His presence.”
Jesus said, “These things have I spoken to you that my joy might remain in you and your joy might be full.” It is then fitting that at this time we should pause in our service and seek to realize the Divine Presence through prayer.
Let us pray” “ Father-Mother God, we are instructed to acknowledge you in all your ways, that you may direct our paths. Therefore we acknowledge your presence in this place, at this hour, and in the hearts of these, your children. It is Your Presence of Love, manifesting itself at all times, and under all conditions which is the love that never fails. We would claim Your Divine blessing on this service, and the relationship now solemnized. May they ever be conscious of Your presence of love, harmony, and peace. May prosperity blossom in all their endeavors and may Your presence of joy be their everlasting strength. This we acknowledge, and for all Your rich blessings, we do give thanks. Amen”.
“Will the bride’s family grant it’s blessing and pledge to the Bride and groom, your love and acceptance?”
Bride’s Family: WE DO.”
“Will the groom’s family grant its blessing and pledge to the groom and Bride, your love and acceptance?”
Grooms Family: “WE DO.”
Minister to couple: Bride and groom, will you express to each other the vows you have chosen?
Bride and Groom: “We WILL.”
Minister to groom: Look at Bride and repeat after me,. Bride, I want to live with you just as you are. I choose you above all others. I pledge to share my life openly with you. I promise to honor and tenderly care for you. I will cherish and encourage your own fulfillment.”
Minister to bride: Look at the groom and repeat after me. Groom, I want to live with you just as you are. I choose you above all others. I pledge to share my life openly with you. I promise to honor and tenderly care for you. I will cherish and encourage your own fulfillment.”
Minister to couple or wedding party: “May I have the rings please?”
“Before placing these rings in their honored places, let us realize that a ring by it’s shape, is a symbol of eternity, without the beginning or end, and it is a true emblem of the undying love that shall exist between you both. The metal is a symbol of purity which shall ever characterize our hearts and minds.”
Minister to groom: “ What pledge do you offer in token of these vows?”
Groom: “This ring”
Minister to groom: “Place the ring on Bride’s left hand and repeat after me:
“With this ring, a symbol of my love and affection, I do thee we. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen”
Minister to Bride: “ What pledge do you offer in token of these vows?”
Bride: “This ring”
Minister to Bride: “Place the ring on the groom’s left hand and repeat after me:
“With this ring, a symbol of my love and affection, I do thee wed. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen”
Bride and Groom, May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also Patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another– Not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you know your full-ness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley – Because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you, and you, Bride and Groom. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel one another. May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another – May you succeed in all- important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, Often say, I love you: -If you have quarrels that push you apart, May both of you have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you continue to know the mystery -Which is the awareness of one another’s presence -An awareness that is no more physical than spiritual; Warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms, Or even in distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you always have love, and may you find it loving one another.
Minister: “Let us pray: Almighty God, witness of every true marriage, and sealer of every spiritual union, we involve and give thanks for Your blessing on these Your children. May You be consciously with them in all their ways. Bless them with goodness, truth, purity, wisdom, fidelity, forbearance, prosperity and contentment. Let their minds be illumined with Your light Divine. Their bodies renewed and sustained by the Christ substance and their souls vitalized by your life eternal. Thank you God, for Your presence here with us and your Blessing on this marriage. Amen.”
Minister: “Groom, you may kiss your bride.”
Minister “Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Bride and groom, as husband and wife.