Dearly Beloved, we are gathered together here in the
presence of God and this company to join (Groom ___________ and (Bride) ___________ in the
holy bonds of matrimony. Marriage is an institution ordained of God when man's estate was
that of innocence and supreme happiness. God prepared a perfect home for Adam and placed
him in the midst of a beautiful garden rich in earth's choicest fruits. He gave him
blessed employment, free from anxiety and toil, in caring for the garden. At first man was
alone, having no human associate and helper. Birds and beasts and all the living creatures
of earth could not bring him satisfaction. God is pictured as noting man's incompleteness
and lack of perfect happiness apart from woman. Now follows the beautiful story of the
forming of woman from the side of man. Let us not forget the great lessons God would teach
by this story. Let us look at the proper relation between husband and wife, "that she
was not made out of his head to rule over him; nor out of his feet to be trampled on by
him; but out of his side to be equal with him; under his arm to be protected; and near his
heart to be beloved." When God made woman He made her to be man's helper and
companion. "I will make for him a help, as his counter-part," said God. What
nobler mission could woman desire than this? God's thought about marriage is the union of
one man and one woman in perpetual wedlock. We would naturally infer from our Savior's
presence and the part He played at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee, that he
considered the act of matrimony well worth His own recognition; but when He selected the
tie that binds husband an wife as a fit emblem of His relationship to His own ransomed
church He broadened and deepened its significance until there is no tie on earth so
binding and none so sacred, as that which binds men and women in the holy bonds of
matrimony. Such a relationship then, should not be entered into thoughtlessly, insincerely
or indiscreetly, but advisedly, thoughtfully, and in fear of God.
Will the parents of the Bride and Groom please stand?
Pastor to Bride's Parents -- Who is bringing (Bride)
___________ to be joined in holy matrimony to (Groom) ___________ ?
Brides Parents -- We are.
Pastor to Groom's Parents -- Who is bringing (Groom)
___________ to be joined in holy matrimony to (Bride) ___________?
Groom's Parents -- We are.
Pastor to Parents -- Are you willing now and always to
support and strengthen this marriage by upholding both (Bride) ___________ (Groom)
___________ with your love, your concern, your counsel, and your prayers?
Both Sets of Parents -- We are.
Pastor -- Thank you, you may be seated.
If therefore, it be your desire to be united in this holy
bond, will you signify that fact by joining your right hands.
Pastor to Groom -- Do you ___________, take this woman
whose hand you now hold, to be your true and wedded wife; and do you solemnly promise
before God and these witnesses to LOVE, CHERISH, HONOR AND PROTECT HER: to forsake all
others for her sake; to cleave unto her, and her only, until death shall part you?
Groom -- I do.
Pastor to Bride -- Do you ___________, take this man who
now holds your hand, to be your true and wedded husband; and do you solemnly promise
before God and these witnesses to LOVE, CHERISH, HONOR AND PROTECT HIM, to forsake all
others for his sake; to cleave unto him and him only, and him forever until death shall
Bride -- I do.
Pastor to Groom -- ___________, REPEAT AFTER ME: I,
___________ , take thee, (Bride) __________ be my wedded wife . . . to have and to
hold...from this day forward . . . for better or worse . . . for richer, for poorer.. in
sickness and in health . . . 'till death do us part . . . and thereto I plight my troth.
(or pledge my faithfulness)
Pastor to Bride -- ___________ REPEAT AFTER ME: I,
___________, take thee, (groom) __________ to be my wedded husband . . to have and to
hold.. from this day forward . . . for better, for worse . . . or richer, for poorer . . .
in sickness and in health . . . 'till death do us part . . . and thereto I plight you my
troth. (or pledge my faithfulness)
Dear ones, may I invite you to kneel as you commit your
lives to God in prayer. (Bride and groom may pray)
Pastor to Groom -- ___________ what pledge do you give to
Groom -- A ring.
Pastor to Groom -- And this Ring, do you give to (Bride)
_______ as a sign and seal of the endless affection with which you will cherish her, and
the unbroken fidelity with which you will perform to her the vows of a husband? Do you?
Groom -- I do.
Pastor to Groom -- _____________, As you place this ring on
(Bride's) ___________ please repeat after me. WITH THIS RING I THEE WED; AND WITH ALL MY
WORLDLY GOODS, I THEE ENDOW . . .
Pastor to Bride -- ___________, what pledge to you give
Bride -- A ring.
Pastor to Bride -- And this ring, do you give to him as a
sign and seal of the endless affection with which you will cherish him, and the unbroken
fidelity with which you will perform to him the vows of a wife? Do you?
Bride answers -- I do.
Pastor to Bride -- ___________, as you place this ring on
(Groom's) _________ finger, please repeat after me, WITH THIS RING I THEE WED: AND WITH
ALL MY WORLDLY GOODS, I THEE ENDOW . . .
Prayer sealing the Rings
In consideration of these solemn and sacred pledges, I am
authorized by the laws of the state of __________ in your marriage license and by the laws
of God in His Holy Word, to pronounce you husband and wife. As I do this, let me remind
you that henceforth you are one; one in interest, one in reputation and above all else one
in affection. What God HATH JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PART ASUNDER.
May I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. ___________