Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ceremony Part 3



After that, we signed our marriage license (along with Maid of Honor Ashley and Best Man Paul) and took communion while our friend Amber sang "The Prayer." It's a long song, so we also did communion during that time.  My parents' pastor (who was the assistant pastor while I was growing up as well as principal of my school AND is the father of one of my bridesmaids.... in summary, someone I've known a very, very long time) came up during this to also lead in communion and prayer.


I love the lyrics to the prayer. They have a lot of meaning as we began our new life together.


I pray you'll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times that we don't know

Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe



I pray we'll find your light
And hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night
Remind us who you are
Let this be our prayer
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe.

We ask that life be kind
And watch us from above
We hope each soul will find
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Needs to find a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe.

Amber did a great job. :)  Pastor Joe (my parents' pastor) led us in breaking the bread and unfortunately the pieces were big. It took us a minute to get it down. Then our pastor, Pastor Richard, led us in taking the juice. He said he had been going to warn us about taking such big pieces of bread. 







After communion was over, we waited for the song to be over and just soaked in the moment. After that, the two pastor prayed a pastoral blessing over us.
























After the prayer, we did the unity sand ceremony. Most people have seen one of these by now, but if you haven't, it pretty much takes the place of the unity candle. We used pink and silver sand - our wedding colors. Of course, I had the pink and John the silver. 


Pastor said the following "John and Deanna, you have just sealed your relationship by giving and receiving of rings and the exchange of vows, and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you, Deanna, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, John, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.
After that, we were officially pronounced husband and wife!

And then we sealed it with a kiss!

We walked out to Mendelssohn's Wedding March. 




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