Pete & Helen
Gazebo, Richland, WA
Photos courtesy of Emerald Photography
Welcome, family, friends
and loved ones. We are gathered here today to celebrate the
wedding of Pete and Helen. We share in this formal commitment
they make to one another, offer our love and support, so they
may start their married life together surrounded by the people
dearest and most important to them.
Pete and Helen thank you
for your presence today and ask for your blessing,
encouragement and lifelong support. Pete and Helen have asked
me to read the blessings of Deuteronomy:
Pete, God has ordained the man as the spiritual head, as the
responsible provider, and as the initiator of love in this
relationship. By His enablement, your strength must be Helen’s
protection, your character her boast and pride, and you must
so live that she will find in you the haven for which the
heart of a woman truly longs.
Helen, it is God's purpose that you be a loving wife, that you
respond to Pete’s love in tenderness with a deep sense of
understanding, through a great faith in Christ who brought you
together. It is His desire that you have that inner beauty of
soul that never fades; that eternal youth that is found in
holding fast the things that never age.
Pete and Helen, Christian marriage is not living merely for
each other; it is two uniting and joining hands to serve God.
Seek His kingdom first, and His righteousness, and He will add
all other things to you. Do not expect perfection from each
other, perfection belongs solely to God. You need not minimize
each other's weaknesses, but always be swift to praise and
magnify each other's points of comeliness and strength and see
each other through kind and patient eyes.
God will lead you into such situations as will bless you and
develop your characters as you walk together. He will give you
enough tears to keep you tender, enough hurts to keep you
compassionate, enough of failure to keep your hands clenched
tightly in His, and enough success to make you sure you walk
with Him. May you never take each other's love for granted,
but always experience that wonder that exclaims "Out of all
this world you have chosen me." When life is done, may you be
found then as now, hand in hand, still thanking God for each
other. May you ever serve Him happily, faithfully, together
until you return to glory or until at last one shall lay the
other into His arms. And all this through Jesus Christ our
Pete, have you in the quiet hours of your companionship
considered what is your Christian duty as a husband?
Helen, have you in the quiet hours of your companionship
considered what is your Christian duty as a wife?
In token that your hearts are joined together in love, will
you please join your hands.
Pete, this woman is to be your wife. She has given you one of
the most sacred things under heaven: a woman's life and a
woman's love. You may bring her great joy or cause her deep
sorrow. It is not what you bring her in a material way that
will make true happiness--riches without love are nothing. The
gift without the giver is bare. The practice of those virtues
as husband that you have shown as her lover will keep her
heart won to your heart. If you will please repeat the vow of
this love to Helen after me:
I Pete, take you Helen, to be my wedded wife. To have and to
hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for
richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to
cherish 'till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my
Pete, do you have a ring
for your bride? Please
place the ring, a symbol of your love for
on her hand, and say, “With this ring, I thee wed”.
Helen, this man whom you hold by the hand is to be your
husband. On your life, your love and devotion he will lean for
strength and inspiration. He is going to look to you for
encouragement, for cheerfulness and confidence. No matter what
the world may say or think, people may forget him, lose
confidence in him, and turn their backs upon him, but you must
not. May your life and your love be the inspiration that will
constantly lead him to greater dependence upon our Lord Jesus
I, Helen, take you Pete, 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 do us part. And hereto I pledge you my
Helen, do you have a ring
for your groom? Please
place the ring,
symbol of your love for
hand, and repeat after me, “With this ring, I thee wed”.
Pete, Helen, you have now consented to
enter the Estate of Matrimony, and have given and pledged your
faith to each other in the presence of God, your family and
friends. It is with great honor and by the virtue of the
authority vested in me to pronounce you husband and wife.
Pete, you may kiss your bride!
Family and friends, I present to you Mr. & Mrs. Lemons!