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"Someone for Life" 
A Ceremony by Todd Sepulveda

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the wedding ceremony of _________ and __________.  Let us join together to offer our best wishes and prayers as they come together to become husband and wife.

Who presents this woman to be married to this man?

ADDRESS

Every day as the potential to bring something new and exciting.  In the morning we wake, and although we might be sleepy eyed, we can look at the day before us and know that our lives will be molded by the way we conduct ourselves, or molded for us as we allow the world around us to dictate who and what we should be.  We end the day in the evening.  What was that day is over, but it has marked us and hopefully was good.

But what if we didn't approach the day alone?  What if we can know that as we move forward, from the rising of the sun in the morning to the setting in the evening, we journey through this life together with some special?  That someone can encourage us to be our best, to face life with everything we have to offer.  That someone can speak into our life and help us see the good around us.  That person would be there during times of sorrow and hardship, and be a rock to steady us when uncertainty brought unease.

That is what today is about.  It is about becoming one with that special person, someone for life.

SCRIPTURE READING

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 "Two are better than on, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!  Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?  And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken."

Question of Intent

As you stand there before family and friends, __________ do you promise to take __________as your wedded husband/wife? (I do).

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we ask for Your hand to guide _________ and ________ as the come together as husband and wife.  Grant them wisdom, faith and love as they seek to walk together.  Help them during times of struggle and let them know that they can always depend on You to be there.  Place Your people in their lives to encourage them and befriend them on their journey.  Grant them peace as they endeavor to build a family.

CONSECRATION

A wedding is a celebration of love and commitment.  It brings together a man and a woman who have chosen to live the rest of their days together as husband and wife.  The wedding is for today, but your marriage is forever.

After the last song has been played, after the last candle has been blown out, after the last picture is taken and the last guest has left and their best wishes for a happy life together have been expressed, you will start your marriage.

Your marriage together is a new journey that you will embark on.  All of the experiences and circumstances that you have known as a single person, will only enhance the new experiences that you will face together.  Remember this one important piece of advice, your marriage will thrive when you accept and understand the physical, emotional and spiritual union you are about to enter into.

When you accept this physical union, you agree to be there for each other.  Your presence is important.  Throughout life, opportunities will come, but the most important thing to remember is that nothing takes the place of your presence and time that you offer to each other.  When both of these come together, a relationship can grow strong and trust can be established.

You need to be there for each other emotionally.  This has less to do with the physical aspect of expressing emotions as to the importance of understanding how important the kindness, love, happiness and feelings of well-being each of you have for each other is expressed in real and everyday life.

Lastly, there is more to life than just the physical and emotional side of living.  There is someone bigger that who we are and who is willing to be there in good and bad times.  God will always be there to offer you strength, peace and love when you need it.  Don't deny this aspect of marriage, it is just important as the rest.

Remember, everything is worth working towards.  Your wedding day is easy.  Your marriage will require work, understanding, forgiveness, love, patience and acceptance.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

Rings are a symbolic representation of the commitment that you are making towards each other.  Every time you look down to see this ring on your finger, it should remind you of this commitment.  It should also remind you of the love and happiness you enjoy.  It should remind you that commitment is for life.

I, _________(groom/bride) take you, __________ (bride/groom) to be my wife/husband.  I commit to you today to ever hold you close to my heart.  I promise to love you, honor and cherish you, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health for all the days of my life.  With this ring, I thee wed.

UNITY CANDLE (optional)

In this moment, as your have professed your love and commitment to each other, I invite you to light the candle of unity which symbolizes two lives that have become one.

SAND CEREMONY (optional)

For this day forward, your are no longer two individual people.  The life that you lead from here on will forever be intertwined with the other.  Today, this is symbolized by two containers of sand.  One represents you, ________, your life before today, and as this very moment.  The other represents you, _________, and your life before today and at this very moment.  As you pour the individual containers of sand into the larger marriage container, it serves as a representation that your lives will always encompass the other.  The individual containers of sand will no longer remain.

SCRIPTURE

Philippians 4:4 - 9  "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be know to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in  everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."

APACHE BLESSING

Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now each of you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness for you, For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

PRONOUNCEMENT

_________ and __________have chosen each other and proclaimed their love and commitment to each other in the presence of family and friends.  By virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Texas and with God's Word, I pronounce you husband and wife.  Those whom God has put together, let no man put asunder.

You may kiss the bride!

ANNOUNCEMENT

It is my honor to introduce to you, Mr. & Mrs. __________ __________ _________