Pastor Bob Tousey
Collection of Readings
A couple recently came across this which I think is a nice idea. The reader will read a biblical verse and then the officiant provides an explanation. This can be used instead of readings in their traditional form.
Reader: Genesis.2:24. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh."
Rev. Bob: Marriage is the beginning of a new family. The old life is forsaken and a new state is entered. Therefore it is important to lay the right foundations for the new family. It is a new opportunity to start a home and a family and it must be entered into with commitment and wisdom.
Reader: Matthew.19:6. "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
Rev. Bob: Marriage is a new bond, quite different from the bond between parents and children, brothers and sisters. Life is full of relationships . We have relationships with family, friends, neighbors, staff etc. But marriage is a new bond and a unique bond . It is a bond and a relationship which endures all the vagaries of life sharing and caring for one another and encouraging one another.
Reader: I Timothy 5:8. "People who don't take care of their relatives, and especially their own families, have given up their faith. They are worse than someone who doesn't have faith in the Lord."
Rev. Bob: Marriage is a new burden and responsibility to provide and care for the family. Marriage involves a commitment to provide and protect. The persons involved must realize this responsibility before entering into the state of matrimony. The word warns those who fail to take care of their family.
Reader: Ecclesiastes.4:9. "You are better off to have a friend than to be all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn."
Rev. Bob: Two candles can give more light than one. Marriage can produce a new brightness in serving the Lord. The family is called to be a living witness for the Lord. In this world of sin and iniquity. The Lord wants the families of His children to be shining examples of His grace and glory.
Reader: Ecclesiastes.4:12. "And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart"
Rev. Bob: Marriage gives security and courage to face life. Mutual encouragement and motivation can give a fresh courage to face the battles of life. A lonely warrior can get easily disheartened and discouraged. Therefore marriage can provide a new courage and boldness in facing life together.