WEDDING CEREMONY

Sara Beth Ediger and Joshua Paul Froese

Sunday, May 27, 2001

5:00pm

 

PRELUDE – Amy Hunter on cello Loren Groening on electric piano (Begin at 4:30pm)

 

SEATING OF PARENTS – Loren begins Cannon in D (at 5:00pm)

 

PROCESSIONAL – Loren continues Cannon in D

 

WELCOME by Josh

 

INVOCATION (Grandpa Froese)

 

GIVING OF THE BRIDE AND FAMILY BLESSING

 

SCRIPTURE READING by Seth Froese

Proverbs 24:3-4

Ephesians 5:21-33

Jeremiah 29:11

Zephaniah 3:17

 

DUET Nathan and Amanda Lord You Have My Heart

 

HANDS CEREMONY

Dave says…Sara, please face Josh and hold his hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your stomach, until he too, feels his child stir within you. These are the hands that look so large and strong, yet will be so gentle as he holds your baby for the first time, and then only a couple of years later takes their hand and guides them safely across the street.

These are the hands that will work at the keyboard of his computer in the business world supporting you and your family. These are the hands that will open that new Black & Decker Home Repair Book and help you with the many household tasks of maintaining a home.

Notice the blister on his thumb. These are the hands that enjoy gripping a golf club that sends that little white ball straight into a sand trap, oh, I mean the cup.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief wracks your mind.

These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as he raises your face to look into his eyes; eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.

 

Ken says…Josh, please hold Sara’s hands, palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you.

These are the hands of a princess, for that is what Sara means – the hands of a royal daughter of God, chosen for the high calling of doing Kingdom work.

These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of her life.

These are the hands that will skillfully demonstrate the principles of math, science, writing and social studies to children.

These are the hands of a bargain shopper, making stewardship of God’s resources a reality in you home.

These are the hands that will massage tension from your neck and back in the evenings after you’ve had a long, hard day.

These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.

These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, and console you when you are grieving.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

These are the hands that will hold you in joy and excitement and hope each time she tells you that you are to have another child, that together you have created a new life.

These are hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go.

These are the hands that will join you in computers, golfing, and chasing down your dreams in the business world. They will help you lay hold of all that God has planned for you. They are the hands of God’s helper, a gift to you.

 

MESSAGE (Pastors Dave and Ken)

 

EXCHANGE OF VOWS (Pastor Ken)

Do you, Josh, take Sara to be your wife?

And do you pledge your faithfulness to her, in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with her and cherish her, according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?

 

JOSH: “I do”

 

Do you, Sara, take Josh to be your husband?

And do you pledge your faithfulness to him, in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with him and cherish him, according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage?

 

SARA: “I do”

 

(Pastor Ken): “Please face each other and join your hands as you make you personal vows to each other”

 

I. Josh, take you, Sara, to be my wedded wife,

to have and to hold from this day forward;

for better, for worse,

for richer, for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

to love and cherish as long as we both shall live,

according to God's holy ordinance,

and thereto I pledge you my love."

 

“I, Sara, take you, Josh to be my wedded husband,

to have and to hold from this day forward 

for better, for worse, 

for richer, for poorer, 

in sickness and in health, 

to love and cherish as long as we both shall live

according to God's holy ordinance, 

and thereto I pledge you my love.

 

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

"Now in God's sacred providence He has given us reminding tokens, and following this precedence you have chosen rings.  These rings are of the most precious metal, which suggests the most priceless relationship on earth, that of a Christian home.  Furthermore, the ring is endless until it is broken by and outside force, which fittingly represents the permanency of the marriage union until it is broken by the outside force of death."

 

"Josh, take your ring and place it on the hand of Sara your bride and repeat after me. . .

"I give you this ring as a symbol / of my love, affection and commitment to you."

 

"Sara, take your ring and place it on the hand of Josh your groom and repeat after me. . . .

"I give you this ring as a symbol / of my love, affection and commitment to you."

 

PRONOUNCEMENT

"For as much as Josh and Sara have consented together in Christian marriage; and have witnessed the same before God and this company; and thereto have pledged their faith, each to the other, by giving and receiving a ring; I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Those whom God has joined together let no man put asunder."

 

UNITY CANDLE CEREMONY

Pastor Dave introduces…

 

Mothers bring lighted candles forward and parents together hand them off to Josh and Sara

 

SOLO: Amanda sings Make Us One while Josh and Sara light unity candle

 

BLESSING

(Fathers blessing and prayer)

 

Following the blessing Pastor Ken will say… “Josh and Sara, you may seal your commitments with a kiss.”

 

PRESENTATION OF THE COUPLE (Dave)

 It is our pleasure to present to you Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Froese.

 

RECESSIONAL Loren plays To God Be the Glory

          Bride and Groom recess followed by wedding party

          Dave and Ken seated with Susan and Rachel

 

KEN INVITES GUESTS TO RECEPTION

          Invite to reception

          Please feel free to begin eating

          Seating in church and in tent

          Approximately 45 minutes till video

 

POSTLUDE