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August 2013 - "For Better, For Worse"

‘A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.’ (Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1960)

This year we have six weddings in the parish – the greatest number for 15 years! It is encouraging that many couples still want to be married in church, despite our secular society. This is not just sentiment, wanting a pretty setting, but it says something about how Christian marriage is still valued.

Marriage in church is both a legal ceremony and a service of divine worship. By choosing to marry in church, the bride and groom are deliberately inviting God to their wedding day and into their marriage, asking for his blessing on the whole of their life together.

This does not mean that the couple will never have any difficulties, troubles or sorrows. They may have all these, as well as many joys. The marriage service recognizes all that when they take each other ‘for better, for worse’, come what may. They promise to be faithful whatever happens, both on the day and in the future, ‘till death us do part’. No one can keep such a promise on their own, but only with the help of God. God in Jesus does not promise that there will never be troubles, but he does promise to be with them, giving them his divine love and guidance, so long as they continue to ask for it.

A prayer for couples:

God of love, ever present and faithful,
may they know that their marriage is your delight and your will.
May the promises they make govern their life together,
as your presence surrounds them,
and your Spirit strengthens and guides them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Andrew Clements

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