Wednesday, September 2, 2015

There Will Your Heart Be Also

Rosanne & Ron ~ 6 August 1955

Tina & Alastair ~ 7 September 1985

Kitti & Gerry ~ 2 September 1989

Selected Readings From Our Ceremony

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him.

Baruch 5:1-9

Jerusalem, take off your dress of sorrow and distress, put on the beauty of the glory of God for ever, wrap the cloak of the integrity of God around you, put the diadem of the glory of the Eternal on your head: since God means to show your splendour to every nation under heaven, since the name God gives you for ever will be, "Peace through integrity, and honour through devotedness." Arise, Jerusalem, stand on the heights and turn your eyes to the east: see your sons reassembled from west and east at the command of the Holy One, jubilant that God has remembered them. Though they left you on foot, with enemies for an escort, now God brings them back to you like royal princes carried back in glory. For God has decreed the flattening of each high mountain, of the everlasting hills, the filling of the valleys to make the ground level *so that Israel can walk in safety under the glory of God. And the forests and every fragrant tree will provide shade for Israel at the command of God; for God will guide Israel in joy by the light of his glory with his mercy and integrity for escort."

[*emphasis added; see also "Stand By Me": "If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall / Or the mountains should crumble to the sea / I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear / Just as long as you stand, stand by me." ~ Ben E. King]

from Psalm 19
composer, David Haas

Refrain: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul;
the Lord's rule is to be trusted, the simple find wisdom.

The fear of the Lord is holy, abiding forever;
the decrees of the Lord are true, all of them just.

The precepts of the Lord are right, they gladden the heart,
the command of the Lord is clear, giving light to the eye.

They are worth more than gold, than the finest gold,
sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

Philippians 4:4-8

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Luke 12: 31 - 36

But rather seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves bags which won't grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches, nor moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about and let your light be lit. And you yourselves like those who wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open the door to him immediately.

One Bread, One Body
composer John B. Foley

One bread, one body,
one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many,
throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

Gentile or Jew,
servant or free
woman or man, no more.

Many the gifts,
many the works,
one in the Lord of all.

Grain for the fields,
scattered and grown,
gathered to one, for all.

One bread, one body,
one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many,
throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

26th Anniversary ~ Kitti & Gerry

30th Anniversary ~ Tina & Alastair

60th Anniversary ~ Rosanne & Ron

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