Weddings

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A wedding is one of life’s great moments: a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. It is no surprise that the image of a wedding is often used in the Bible to describe what the Kingdom of God is like. In his Gospel, St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings by turning water into wine.

Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship. God’s blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based on a solemn public and life-long covenant between two people who love one another and who have made a very special decision about their future together. It is celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses. 

On their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. The guests are witnesses of the marriage, and express support by their presence and prayers. That support does not end on the wedding day: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them.

A couple thinking about marriage in Church should contact the Vicar, Brian Statham, in the first instance (the Parish Office in the Church Centre is open on Saturday mornings 10.00am - 11.00am). A meeting will be arranged to talk about their wedding day plans, a Banns Form will need to be filled in, providing information to be recorded in the Marriage Registers and on the Marriage Certificate. Further meetings will be arranged to explore and put together the wedding service.  

 

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Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not 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, endures all things.
(1 Corinthians 13.4-7)