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Welcome

Friends and family, we gather together here this evening in the glorious sight of God and the beauty of His creation to join together this man and this woman in marriage. It is a time of celebration for which Mike and Natasha would like to express their gratitude to all of you for being their witnesses here today.
Friends and family, we gather together here this evening in the glorious sight of God and the beauty of His creation to join together this man and this woman in marriage. It is a time of celebration for which Mike and Natasha would like to express their gratitude to all of you for being their witnesses here today.
Into this holy estate these persons present now come to be joined.
Blevins, Dean G. et al., eds. Church of the Nazarene: Manual, 2013–2017. Kansas City, MO: Nazarene Publishing House, 2013. Print.
Let us first bow our heads to God in prayer:
Our Father, love has been your richest and greatest gift to the world. Love between a man and woman which matures into marriage is one of your most beautiful types of loves. Today we celebrate that love. May your blessing be on this wedding service. Protect, guide, and bless Mike  and Natasha in their marriage. Surround them with your love now and always,
Today we celebrate that love.
May your blessing be on this wedding service.
Protect, guide, and bless (name of spouse)  and (name of spouse) in their marriage.
Surround them and us with your love now and always,
-Talk about marriage and what it represents . Talk about the verse.
Amen.

Homily

The couple has selected as their verse for this evening. It says:
Someone read
Genesis 2:18–24 NRSV
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19 So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” 24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Marriage is ordained by God even at the beginning in the creation account. It is based on need, companionship, and perfect love. It represents the action of love. Love is a choice we make. Marriage is an honorable estate signifying the same spiritual union that exists between Christ and His Church. It is, therefore, not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God.
God viewed His creation and saw that with just man it was not perfect. Man was missing a counterpart. So, God brought all the animals to man, and Adam became sufficiently acquainted with them; naming each one. But in spite of a partially similar origin and close acquaintanceship no proper companion was found.
So, God brought all the animals to man, and Adam became sufficiently acquainted with them; naming each one. But in spite of a partially similar origin and close acquaintanceship no proper companion was found.
Then follows one of the most beautiful and profound passages in the Bible. God decided to create a special companion for man, one designed especially for him and formed out of a part of his body. Thus man’s mate did not originate simultaneously with him as apparently did the female of all other species, but afterwards, with her very body dependent upon him for its existence, yet so designed as to supply that in which he was lacking. Adam recognized her as bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh, and gave to her the name of Woman (Hebrew ishshah) because she was taken out of Man (Hebrew ish).
Haines, Lee. “The Book of Genesis.” Genesis-Deuteronomy. Vol. 1:1. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1967. 34. Print. The Wesleyan Bible Commentary.
The words of verse 24 “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh” used by Christ in only enhances their authority and makes clear that the relationship of husband and wife is the strongest, the most imperishable of all human relationships—stronger even than that of parent and child. The story of creation ends with them sharing a beautiful and ideal life—naked, not ashamed, holy, innocent, the perfect creatures of a perfect God, surrounded by every evidence of His love and care.
“Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh” used by Christ () only enhances their authority and makes clear that the relationship of husband and wife is the strongest, the most indissoluble of all human relationships—stronger even than that of parent and child. In the mysteries of divine providence, they are one biologically and to some degree spiritually. The story of creation ends with them sharing a beautiful and ideal life—naked, not ashamed, holy, innocent, the perfect creatures of a perfect God, surrounded by every evidence of His love and care.
use by Christ () only enhances their authority and makes clear that the relationship of husband and wife is the strongest, the most indissoluble of all human relationships—stronger even than that of parent and child. In the mysteries of divine providence, they are one biologically and to some degree spiritually. The story of creation ends with them sharing a beautiful and ideal life—naked, not ashamed, holy, innocent, the perfect creatures of a perfect God, surrounded by every evidence of His love and care.
This evening we come and witness this innocent, holy, loving union of Mike and Natasha.

Vows

From you both, I require and charge you as you stand in the presence of God, to remember that the commitment to marriage is a commitment to permanence. It is the intent of God that your marriage will be for life, and that only death will separate you.
Mike and Natasha, I require and charge you both as you stand in the presence of God, to remember that the commitment to marriage is a commitment to permanence. It is the intent of God that your marriage will be for life, and that only death will separate you.
If the vows you exchange today be kept without violation, and if you seek always to know and do the will of God, your lives will be blessed with His presence, and your home will abide in peace.
Faith will give Natasha Mikes ring 
-Vows
I Mike take you Natasha
to be my partner in life
and my one true love. 
I will cherish our friendship
and will love you today, tomorrow and forever. 
I will trust and I will honor you. 
I will laugh and I will cry with you. 
I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst.
I will love you through the difficult and the easy. 
Whatever may come I will always be there with you.
I have given you my hand to hold
So do I give you my life to keep.
I Natasha take you Mike
to be my partner in life
and my one true love. 
I will cherish our friendship
and will love you today, tomorrow and forever. 
I will trust and I will honor you. 
I will laugh and I will cry with you. 
I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst.
I will love you through the difficult and the easy. 
Whatever may come I will always be there with you.
I have given you my hand to hold
So do I give you my life to keep.

Rings

Adrian will give Mike Natashas ring
This ring I give you as a token of my love and as a pledge of my constant fidelity.
Faith will give Natasha Mikes ring 
This ring I give you as a token of my love and as a pledge of my constant fidelity.
Blevins, Dean G. et al., eds. Church of the Nazarene: Manual, 2013–2017. Kansas City, MO: Nazarene Publishing House, 2013. Print.

Pronunciation

This man and woman have consented together in marriage, have witnessed the same before God and those here this evening, and have declared the same by exchanging vows. Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder. In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, I now pronounce you man and wife.
-Kiss
Mike you may kiss your bride.
-Kiss
I announce for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Natasha King. Let’s give them a round of applause.

Final Prayer

I will close with a word of prayer:
Thank you, God, for the beautiful bond of love that exists between Mike and Natasha.
Thank you for this wedding ceremony with family and friends
Father God, we give you thanks for your gift of enduring love and your presence here with us now as we have witnessed the vows of marriage between this couple
We ask you to bless them in their union and throughout their life together as husband and wife.
Keep and guide them from this day forward. In the name of Jesus Christ. 
Amen.
You are now all dismissed for dinner - let’s celebrate this happy union!
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