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Jake and Tracie Esch
Officiating Minister, Brian R. Doyle
SEATING OF GRANDMOTHERS
SEATING OF MOTHERS (bringing in family sand by mothers)
PRESENTATION OF THE BRIDE – Congregation stands –
PASTOR Congregation seated.
Because the image of God indwells us, we are able to know and personally experience love. It has been said, “He that abides in love, abides in God.” This is a realization, which is celebrated in worship. Where there is the presence of true love, there should be worship, for God is the author of love and He is the Holy One whom we worship. Therefore, it is the heartfelt desire of Jake and Tracie to welcome you—to welcome you to share and to celebrate their covenant and commitment of love during this time of worship.
The traditional wedding ceremony is sprinkled throughout with Old and New Covenant symbols.
Marriage is a sacred covenant, not a contract. It is written in Malachi 2:14 – “She is your companion, and the wife of your covenant
As Jake has come before these witnesses, he is signifying that he is taking the initiative in this marriage covenant, and that he will, by the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, assume the greater responsibility in carrying out its terms.
Jesus said “I do” to each of us when He told the Father as He was praying, asking God for Him to take this cup, His destiny of death, from him, but then said, “Not my will but yours be done”.
Jesus became the Lamb that was slain, dying for all of your and my sin.
Jesus finalized the covenant with all of mankind by dying on the cross. Just as Jake and Tracie will finalize the marriage covenant by saying “I do”, dying to self and becoming one flesh, accepting one another in this covenant agreement.
Jesus waits for each of us to say “I do” accept you, Jesus, as my Savior and Lord through faith and entering into the covenant that HE initiated.
Have you said “I do” to Jesus? The Bible says that today is the day of salvation. You, today, right now, in your seat, can accept the New Covenant that Jesus initiated by saying “I do” through a simple prayer of faith. Praying silently, repeating after me as I lead you. Let us pray.
Jesus, I understand that you died on the cross for my sin. Father God, you gave your only Son to die for me so that I might have everlasting life. I say right now, “I do” believe that Jesus you are King and Lord and that God raised you from the dead. Please forgive me of my sin. Save me Lord Jesus. To You Jesus and to the covenant that you made for me, I say, “I do”. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. Now you are a part of the bride of Christ.
Jake and Tracie have learned to know each other and have come to love each other. Now they believe it is the Lord’s will for them to live their lives as husband and wife.
II. Giving the Bride Away
The lives of these two, now separate, come before us giving testimony that God has called them to become one. Therefore, I ask, who is it that gives this woman to be married to this man?
III. HOW THEY MET
IV. PASTOR: We have been invited to hear Jake and Tracie commit to this marriage as they promise to face the future together, accepting whatever may lie ahead. For the beauty of our Lord’s grace that surrounds us, for the strength it offers, and for the peace it brings, we are grateful. By this, His grace we proceed in this Holy Covenant Ceremony.
Real love is something beyond the warmth, glow, excitement and romance. Real love is caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as about your own. Real love makes the man and woman, us.
We can easily see from God’s Holy Word that this is a sacred occasion that has the approval of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jake and Tracie, having heard these words concerning marriage, and if it is your intention to take these sacred vows of which I have just spoken, I ask you to signify your intent by the joining of your hands. Bride gives bouquet to Maid of Honor. (Face each other with both hands held.)
Do you, Jake, in the presence of God and these assembled witnesses, promise to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, this woman whose hands you now hold? Do you promise to be to her in all things a true and faithful husband, to cleave unto her, and to her only, as long as life shall last? Do you?
(Jake answers, “I do.”)
Do you, Tracie, in the presence of God and these assembled witnesses, promise to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, this young man whose hands you now hold? Do you promise to be to him in all things a true and faithful wife, to cleave to him, and to him only, as long as life shall last? Do you?
( Tracie answers, “I do.”)
V. Ring Ceremony
Jake, do you possess a token of your love and affection to give to your bride, a seal of this holy covenant? Do you? (Jake answers, “I do.” Gives ring to Pastor)
(Ring given to Pastor from Best Man)
This ring is made of the purest of metals. It has already been tried by the refiner’s fire. May it truly typify your love for each other, a love that will grow richer and sweeter with every trial in life. This ring is also an unbroken circle, an emblem of eternity. May that, too, represent your love for each other, a love that has begun, and by God’s grace will never end. (Pastor gives ring to groom)
Jake, please take the ring, place it on the thumb of your bride, and repeat after me.
I, Jake,/ take you, Tracie,/ to be my wedded wife,/ to have and to hold/ from this day forward,/ for richer for poorer,/ for better for worse,/ to cleave unto you, and to you only,/ as long as we both shall live./ With this ring/ I thee wed,/ with loyal love/ I thee endow,/ all my worldly goods/ with thee I share,/ in the name of the Father,/ and of the Son,/ and of the Holy Spirit./I make you mine. Amen.
(Pastor looks and bride and ask:)
Tracie, do you possess a token of your love and affection to give to your groom, as a seal of this holy covenant? Do you?(Tracie answers, “I do.” Gives ring to Pastor)
Amanda, please take the ring, place it on the thumb of your groom, and repeat after me
I, Tracie,/ take you, Jake,/ to be my wedded husband,/ to have and to hold/ from this day forward,/ for richer for poorer,/ for better for worse,/ to cleave unto you, and to you only,/ as long as we both shall live./ With this ring/ I thee wed,/ with loyal love/ I thee endow,/ all my worldly goods/ with thee I share,/ in the name of the Father,/ and of the Son,/ and of the Holy Spirit./ I make you mine. Amen.
VII. POURING OF SAND
Jake and Tracie, will each of you now take the container of sand. This symbolizes your individual lives. Now use these two colors of sand and pour simultaneously into the central container as a symbol of the fact that you are no longer two but one in the sight of each other, these witnesses and Almighty God. (SOLO)
DO YOU WANT TO TAKE COMMUNION?
PRAYER: Jake and Tracie back to second position.
PASTOR (Couple join hands together and bow their heads)
Let us pray.
IX. STAY HOLDING HANDS - PRAYER
Jake and Tracie, be merciful, kind and loving to each other. Accept life as a gift from God and your marriage as an opportunity for fulfillment. Be patient with one another. Forgive as freely as the Lord has forgiven you. And above everything else, be truly loving. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and in your marriage, remembering that you have promised this day to live in harmony and love forever. And never forget to be thankful for what God has given you in each other. In the matchless name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Couple returns to second position
“Jake and Tracie, on the authority which is vested in me by our Lord Jesus, His church, and the State of Georgia, I now pronounce you man and wife.” “Jake, you may kiss your bride.”
Bride retrieves bouquet from Maid of Honor.
Couple faces congregation
XI. Presentation “Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, for the very first time,
Mr. and Mrs. Jake and Tracie Esch”
ll things a true and faithful husband, to cleave unto her, and to her only, as long as life shall last? Do you?
“Jake and Tracie, on the authority which is vested in me by our