Vows

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Here are the vows we might use:

CHRISTIAN CEREMONY

Dearly Beloved, We are here today to join Jill and Kurt in the bonds of holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate, not to be taken unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the love of God, into which estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

Please face each other and join hands.

Jill and Kurt, if it your intention to share with each other your joys and sorrows, and all that the years will bring, with your promises, bind yourselves to each other as husband and wife.

Kurt, do you take Jill to be your wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her so long as you both shall live?

Kurt replies, “I do.”

Jill, do you take Kurt to be your wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him so long as you both shall live?
Jill replies, “I do.”

Kurt, repeat after me to your bride please.

I, Kurt, take thee Jill ,/ 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 to cherish,/ as long as we both shall live.

Jill, repeat after me to your groom please.

I, Jill, take thee Kurt / 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 to cherish/ as long as we both shall live.

From earliest time, the ring has been a symbol of wedded love. It is a perfect circle to symbolize the unending love you promise.

Kurt, take the ring you have chosen. Place it on Jill’s finger and say these words to her.

Jill, I give you this ring/ as a symbol of our vows,/ and with all that I am,/ and all that I have,/ I honor you./ With this ring,/ I thee wed.

Jill, take the ring you have chosen. Place it on Kurts’s finger and say these words to him.

Kurt, I give you this ring/ as a symbol of our vows, / and with all that I am/ and all that I have, / I honor you. / With this ring, / I thee wed.

Corinthians 13 (4-8)
Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends, love never fails.

Let us pray. We thank you, Lord, that you have brought Jill and Kurt together in love and promise. So in Your loving kindness, bless their years together with hope, care, and guidance, that they may share the burdens and trials, endure the hardships, and find comfort in each others’ love and laughter. Each day may they know the joy of being in your love, and in each other’s love. For as they have said their vows, may your grace seal their words and their commitments in their hearts and minds with all love. For this is our prayer in God’s name. Amen.

What, therefore, God has joined together, let no man put asunder, For as much as Jill and Kurt have consented together in holy matrimony and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and have declared the same by the joining and the giving the rings I, therefore by the authority vested in me, pronounce you husband and wife.
Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.
May I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Kruger.

CIVIL CEREMONY

Welcome. We are here today to witness Kurt and Jill joined together in matrimony; which is an honorable estate and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently and discreetly, into which estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

Kurt and Jill, if it is your intention to share with each other your joys and sorrows and all that the years will bring, with your promises bind yourselves to each other as husband and wife.

Please face each other and join hands.

Kurt, do you take Jill to be your wedded wife? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others keep only unto her, so long as you both shall live?

Kurt answers “I do.”

Jill, do you take Kurt to be your wedded husband? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others keep only unto him, so long as you both shall live?

Jill answers “I do.”

Kurt, repeat after me to your bride, please:

I, Kurt, take you, Jill / to be my wife. / I promise to stand beside you / and with you always / in times of celebration / and in times of sorrow. / In sickness and in health / I will live with you and love you / as long as we both shall live.

Jill, repeat after me:

I, Jill, take you, Kurt / to be my husband. / I promise to stand beside you / and with you always / in times of celebration / and in times of sorrow. / In sickness and in health / I will live with you and love you / as long as we both shall live.

From earliest time, the ring has been a symbol of wedded love. It is a perfect circle to symbolize the unending love you promise.

Kurt, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Jill’s finger, and say to her these words:

“This ring I give you / in token and in pledge / of my constant faith / and abiding love.”

Jill, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Kurt’s finger, and say to him these words:

“This ring I give you / in token and in pledge / of my constant faith / and abiding love.”

To be loved is to know happiness and contentment, to give love is to know the joy of sharing oneself, for it is through the miracle of love that we discover the fullness of life.

And now, by power of the authority vested in me and having heard you make these pledges of affection, I pronounce you husband and wife. Congratulations and you may kiss your bride.

May I present to you Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Kruger.