WEDDING CEREMONY ORDER OF SERVICE
- Prelude: By The Choir
- Processional Hymn
- Call to Worship.
To the Bridegroom: Would the Bridegroom Please step forward as we all remain standing.
To the Congregation: Beloved. We are here gathered in response to the desire and request of …………..and………… to be joined together in Holy Matrimony in the presence of God and His people.
4.Giving of the Bride:
To the Bride’s Father: Who gives this Bride in marriage?
Response: I do
To the Bride’s Father: Would you please take the Bride and step forward.
To the Congregation: I ask that the congregation remain standing as we go before the Lord in prayer
Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father, we thank you for all the privilege of being in the Body of Christ. We have come together to witness the miracle of your Love and the Power of your Spirit, work in the lives of these two people.
We give you praise, honor and glory for the power of your Holy Spirit in our lives to bring us into the place of union with the Father, union with the Son, union with the Holy Spirit and union with one another; we thank you for it, in Jesus Name (Amen).
- Hymn 2
To the congregation: you may be seated.
- Profession of Faith.
The Scriptures declare that, this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son; he that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life … And we know that the Son of God is come and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life, (1 John 5:11- 12, 20) The Bible declares, lf any man be in Christ, he is a new creature… And whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (2 Cor 5:17; 1 John 5:1).
Therefore it is clear that a man must receive Jesus into his heart as Lord of his life to be born of God with the nature of love. Then and then only does he become a member of God’s family and a partaker of the inheritance of saints in light.
To the Bride and Groom: Do you here, in the presence of this congregation, reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of your lives?
Response: Groom: l do
Bride: l do
Upon public profession of your faith, you have made known to all men, that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is your Lord and Saviour and that you are born again, an experience without which no man shall see the Kingdom of God as Jesus said.
I submit to you therefore, by the word of the Lord, that a miracle took place when you made Jesus the Lord of your lives; you received eternal life and became one with Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 6: 17 says “you are one Spirit with Him.” In Eph 5:30, it says, you are a member of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
When two born again believers come before God to be joined together as husband and wife, a miracle also takes place by their union. The same power that joined you with Jesus also joins you both together as one. Paul, the Apostle in Ephesians 5:32 call this union a mystery and say “but I speak concerning Christ and the Church therefore, the wife is the object of her Husband’s love, even as the Church is the object of Christ’s love. On the other hand, the wife should reverence her husband even as the church should reverence Christ. Thus this union is not merely a legal contract; but a love centered institution. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife and the two shall become one (Eph 5:31).
- Profession of Vows.
To the Groom: _________________, do you take _______________ as your wife, to love her even as Christ loves the Church, to protect her and care for her: to stand with her in the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ in health, prosperity and joy; and also to stand with her in the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ against sickness, poverty, and death all your lives?
Groom: Yes, l do
To the Groom: Then turn to her and make this profession of faith.
Groom: I, ______________________ according to the word of God and the statement of my vows hereby join myself to you to be your husband. From hence forth, we shall be one.
To the Bride: _________________ do you take ____________________ as your husband, submitting yourself to him as the head of this union, to stand with him in the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ in health, prosperity and joy and also stand with him in faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ against sickness, poverty and death all your lives?
Bride: Yes, l do
To the Bride: Then turn to him and make this profession of your faith.
Bride: I, ________________, according to the word of God and the statement of my vows, hereby join myself to you to be
your wife. From henceforth, we shall be one.
- Presentation of Rings.
A ring is a never- ending cycle, made out of precious metal that indicates an unending love, it is a special gift of trust, a token of engagement and a seal of the vows that you both have made to each other today.
May I have the Bride’s ring please?
To the Groom: Take this ring, place it on her finger and say this to her “with this ring l thee wed, l give it as a token of my love and my faith. I believe with all my heart that this is for all time. It is the seal of my vows to you in the name of Jesus” (Amen).
May l have the Groom’s ring please?
To the Bride: Take this ring, place it on his finger and say this to him: “With this ring l thee wed, l give it as a token of my love and my faith. I believe with all my heart that this is for all time. It is a seal of my vows to you in the name of Jesus” (Amen).
- Pronouncement of Marriage.
For as much as _________________ and _____________________ have consented together in Holy Wedlock and have witnessed the same before God and this congregation and hereto, have pledged their love and faith to each other by the giving and receiving of rings, l pronounce in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that they are husband and wife together from this day forward.
10 Prayer for the Newly Wed.
To the groom: You may now kiss the bride
- Hymn 3
- Charges to the Husband and Wife.
I charge you first of all, to consider that your promises to each other are made in the presence of God who remembers your pledges and helps you by His Spirit in performing them. I admonish you to keep in mind that each of you is object of Christ’s redemption and should neither be neglected nor belittled by the other.
Esteem each other as God’s gift for mutual aid, comfort and joy and as a repository of complete confidence and trust. I encourage you to share willingly, your joys and difficulties, your success and challenges and to be neither conceited by the former, nor depressed by the later. Cleave closely to each other in spirit and in truth, that difficulties may be met by a united strength and victories by a united joy. l charge you to make your home a place where you will have a refuge from the storms of life, not only for yourselves but also for others who may be your guests. Let it be a haven for the weary, a source of upliftment for the discouraged and a convincing testimony to a cynical world.
Recognize therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ as the head of your home the Lord of your lives and the personality of your deepest affection. As you do, He will confirm your marriage by his guidance and will overshadow your home with peace. I charge you to love the Lord and to serve Him with sincere hearts all the days of your lives.
- Presentation of the Newly Wed to the Congregation.
To the Bride and Groom: Please turn and face the congregation.
To the Congregation: Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Mr. and Mrs. ____________________
What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
- The couple returns back to their seats
- Special Number by the Choir.
- Signing of the Marriage Register (Choruses by the Choir)
MARRIAGE VOWS ;WEDDING CEREMONY ORDER OF SERVICE