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Wedding Sermon - Live Passionately - new creation of Marriage - Romans 12:9-13

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May the words of my mouth and the mediations of all our hearts be acceptable in your Sight, our Lord and saviour, Amen

In marriage we become part of something very unique

            In marriage all those present are:  a witness …to a piece of creation

                        It is the new creation from the uniting of a Husband and Wife and the Life              and Love that will grow out of that bonding

                                    and we are witnesses today,

                                                to that life creating moment

In marriage, no longer are there two individuals solely, although two individuals remain

            But there enters into life something unique and … miraculous

The New Testament passage… that Taylor and Karyn chose for this special occasion comes from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans

            To a people and place that he had up until this point not visited

                        To the capital city of the most powerful empire of it’s time

                                    So St. Paul made this letter a good one

                                                Some say his masterpiece

Our passage for today is unlike the rest of the letter, where it is a layer upon layer of well outlined argument

            Paul takes a break, from that to provide a series of individual exhortations                                     (like a charm bracelet) held together by particular theme

                                    And that theme is - Love

           

That charm bracelet

Is a wonderful image to illustrate married life, where each charm is a symbolic representation of something much more

                        To explain the ups and down,

                                    the challenges and joys of marriage

            in this passage from St. Paul, We hear strong words,

                        passionate words

                                    words that challenge us and call us to the fullness of life

o       Love and Hate

o       Good and Evil

o       Honour

o       Zeal

o       Serve

o       Hope

o       Suffering

o       Persevere

o       Needs

o       And hospitality

Each one of these words are loaded with ideas and images that could have, and have had volumes and volumes written on them since

            But the word Love itself was a little used word of the time

                        You see the first Christians sought to FIND language to express their new               experience of God’s grace

                                    a “fresh minting” of a previously little-used word

and marriage is a lot like that, “a fresh minting”

            two people previously solely individuals are minted in a new unique way

                        The word takes on a uniquely new and Christian sense to it

a sense of family belongingness which transcends the previous sense of the word

And it is this new sense of love that is SO appropriate for a wedding service

                                                            It is the type of love that binds

Marriage is a life and love that gets built on,

            moments building on top of the other,

                        from one charm to the next

                                    the good times, the great times

                                                and the challenges - from which we learn from

                                               

            “the creation” that is the bond between you will grows stronger

                        it is the new entity uniquely created by you and between you,

                                    and it is love that binds all the charms together

It is my prayer: Taylor and Karyn, that you will be blessed with such a creation

            That you will live a love between you that is filled with passion, with:

o       Love that is Genuine

o       That you hold fast to what is good and hate what is evil

o       That you love one another in mutual affection

o       Showing Honour

o       Perseverance

o       Lessons from Suffering

o       Zeal in spirit

o       But most of all - grounded in Love -

o       And in the coming together - Love speaks of … Hope

o       Hope of what you will create together                  - Amen          

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