Covenant Marriage Service

I had the honor and privilege of performing the wedding of my son and his fiance on July 2nd, 2011.  Here is the text of the service:

Friends and family, we are gathered together today to celebrate the covenant marriage of my son, Aaron Paul Huddleston to Jody Raylene Phillips.  The bible teaches that marriage is of divine origin, and the family is God’s gift to man.  The book of Genesis teaches us in regards to marriage:

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  Gen 2:24

In marriage Christians do not simply enter into a contract…Christian marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman (who mysteriously become one flesh), —and God.  Thus the union formed must be taken very seriously and the vows you are about to take are to be kept by you both for the rest of your lives.

In Matthew chapter 19, Jesus affirmed this union and further stated that “what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.“  Therefore the covenant marriage is something that mysteriously is not brought about by man, but by God himself.  If this covenant is broken therefore it is not the breaking of a covenant between the man and the woman but the breaking of a covenant with God.  The only thing that should separate a man and woman from the covenant of marriage is death of their spouse.

Paul gives us the model for marriage in Ephesians, and teaches us a mystery about it that is profound.  He states:

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husband, as unto the Lord.

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be subject to their own husbands in everything.

Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it…

Then he goes on:

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Thus the union of a Christian man and woman in holy matrimony is a picture of the relationship between Christ and the Church.  And in this union the man, Aaron, has the responsibility to always love his wife as Christ loves the church and is to mimic Christ in giving himself for her, and the wife, Jody, is to be subject to her husband as unto the Lord.

Marriage also mysteriously unites two families:  The book of Ruth teaches:

Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.

Bride hands bouquet to maid of honor…

Aaron and Jody, will you now join your right hands together and take the following vows?

Aaron, are you willing to enter into a lifelong covenant between yourself, Jody and God becoming one flesh in holy marriage with Jody for the rest of the days of your life, and will you promise to love, honor, and support her, keeping only to her, as long as you both shall live?

I do

Jody, are you willing to enter into a lifelong covenant between yourself, Aaron and God becoming one flesh in holy marriage with Aaron for the rest of the days of your life, and will you promise to love, honor, and cooperate with him, keeping only to him, as long as you both shall live?

I do

May I have the ring?

The wedding ring is a symbol of marriage in at least two ways; the purity of Gold symbolizes the purity of your love for each other, and the unending circle symbolizes the unending vows which you are taking, which may be broken honorably in the sight of God only by death.

As a token of your vows you may now exchange rings.

Since you have taken these vows, by the authority vested in me as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the State of Texas, I now pronounce you husband and wife; you are no longer two independent persons, but rather one flesh, and whom God has joined together, let no man separate.

Please bow with us. Prayer for God’s blessing upon the marriage.

Aaron, my son, you may now kiss your bride.

 

I now present to you:

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Huddleston

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