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Order of Service (Wedding)

Order of Service (Wedding)

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Published by Rafael Rodriguez
This is the wedding service I performed for Rikki Sommervold and Justin Bera in Phoenix, AZ, on Saturday, 10 April 2010.
This is the wedding service I performed for Rikki Sommervold and Justin Bera in Phoenix, AZ, on Saturday, 10 April 2010.

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Rikki and Justin: A Wedding p. 1
 
Rikki Sommervold and Justin Bera Phoenix, AZ
 
10 April 2010
I
NTRODUCTION
:
 [At the beginning of the service, Dad should remain standing next to Rikki.]We have gathered here today at Rikki and Justin’s invitation to share in the joy of their weddingand to celebrate their love for and devotion to each other.The Bible portrays marriage as a reflection of the human creature, in which a man and a womanturn toward each other and rely on one another to be, together, the image of God. And when theBible paints a picture of God’s love for humanity, it portrays God as a bridegroom in love withhis bride. God loves people the way a man loves his wife when he’s at his best.Marriage—when it’s at its best—is the bond of total and unconditional love between two people.This wedding today is an occasion for Rikki and Justin to declare this love for each other to eachother and for us to affirm and celebrate this love.
D
ECLARATION OF
I
NTENT
:
 
To Justin:
Justin Bera, do you now declare your intention to take Rikki as your wife, to make ahome where she will be loved and cared for as long as God grants her life? If so, answer, “I do.”
To Rikki:
Rikki Sommervold, do you now declare your intention to take Justin as your husband,to make a home where he will be loved and cared for as long as God grants him life? If so,answer, “I do.”[Both sets of parents stand]
To both sets of parents:
Do you promise to encourage Rikki and Justin in their marriage, to present an example of love and devotion for them to follow, and to help them build a strong andstable home for themselves and their family? If so, answer, “We do.”
To Dad
: Who offers this woman to be married to this man?[Dad answers, “I do,” then places Rikki’s right hand in Justin’s left. Then both sets of  parents are seated.]
IKKI AND
J
USTIN
:
 
A
 
W
EDDING
:
 I have not always enjoyed being an older brother. Before Rikki was born, my parents focused alltheir attention on me. We watched what I wanted to watch on tv. We did what I wanted to do onthe weekends. As an only child, the world revolved around me, and everything was as it should be. I had a sweet life. Until June 14th, 1983. Black Tuesday. After that, everything changed, andthey’ve never quite been the same.For most of the time since then, I’ve been a terrible older brother. I’ve been selfish. I’ve beenuncaring. I haven’t wanted what’s best for my sister or made any sacrifices on her behalf. Ihaven’t been a loving older brother.But there’s another man in Rikki’s life. However unloving I was, he has been a steady andconstant presence in her life. However selfish I was, he has been self-giving and self-sacrificing.
 
Rikki and Justin: A Wedding p. 2
 
Rikki Sommervold and Justin Bera Phoenix, AZ
 
10 April 2010
However uncaring I was, he has been compassionate and tender. Throughout her life, Rikki haslearned what it feels like to not be loved from her brother; she has learned what it feels like to beloved from our father.If I can offer one piece of advice on your wedding, Justin, let me say: Love Rikki the way her father loves her. Lay everything you have on the line for her sake. Do everything you can tofulfill her dreams. Give everything you are to help her be everything she can be. Be a better husband than I’ve been a brother. Love her the way her father loves her.The apostle Paul gave the same advice to husbands over nineteen hundred years ago; Paul wrote,“Husbands, love your wives the way Christ loved the Church and gave himself for her” (Eph5.25). Christ held nothing back in his love for people, and in the same way Dad has held nothing back in his love for his daughter. But now it’s your turn. Be a better husband than I’ve been a brother. Love her the way her father loves her. Love her the way Christ loved the Church.
EADINGS
:
 At this time we will have two readings from the Bible.Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong asdeath, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buylove with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned. (Song of Solomon 8.6
 NLT
)Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It doesnot insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, enduresall things. Love never ends. . . . For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will seeface to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fullyknown. And now faith, hope and love remain, these three; and the greatest of these islove. (1 Corinthians 13.4–8, 12–13
 NRSV
)
T
HE
M
ARRIAGE
V
OWS
:
 [Rikki and Justin hold hands and face each other.]
To Justin:
Justin, will you repeat this vow to Rikki, saying after me:I, Justin, take you, Rikki, to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward; for  better, for worse; for richer for poor; in sicknes and in health; to love and to cherish untilwe are separated by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.
To Rikki:
Rikki, will you repeat this vow to Justin, saying after me:I, Rikki, take you, Justin, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward;for better, for worse; for richer for poor; in sicknes and in health; to love and to cherishuntil we are separated by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.

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