Lecture from the holy Bible
What if I could speak all languages of humans and even of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
What if I could prophesy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others.
What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.
Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.
Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!
Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken. All that we know will be forgotten.
We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete.
But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn’t perfect will then disappear.
When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.
Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.
For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love.
Questions matrimony assent
Harminder and Janet,
Today you came here, in this church, before the face of the religious community of Diemen, and her ecclesiastical minister, to have your love confirmed and sealed, so that you can be faithful to each other and take on the duties of marriage. Therefore answer for the congregation, present here, to the questions I’m going to ask the both of you:
Harminder and Janet,
did you come of your own free will and with the full consent of your heart to marry each other?
When married, are you prepared to love and appreciate each other all the days of your life?
Are you prepared to accept children as gifts from God’s hand, to educate them in the spirit of Christ and His Church?
May I ask you then to take each other’s right hand and here in this community for your relatives and friends, for God and for his church, to make known that you want to marry each other.
I accept you as my wife and I promise you to remain faithful in good and bad days, in poverty and wealth, in sickness and health. I want to love and appreciate you all the days of our life.
I accept you as my man and I promise you to remain faithful in good and bad days, in poverty and wealth, in sickness and health. I want to love and appreciate you all the days of our life.
Henceforth the congregation will consider you to be married as man and wife. May the Lord confirm and bless your marriage. What God solemnly did connect, won’t be separated by man.
Bless the rings, they will give each other. May these rings be a lasting sign of their mutual love and loyalty.
Janet, receive this ring as a sign of my love and loyalty. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Harminder, receive this ring as a sign of my love and loyalty. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Service Holy Communion
You who created us as humans – as man and wife – for each other and breathed in us your breath of life. You carry all of our lives, you carry all that exists. With heart and soul you did connect yourself to this world.
We thank you for the affection between people, especially today the one between Harminder and Janet, and for your never-ending love for all people. We thank you for the strength of mind you give us, from which we may build your kingdom.
We are going to share the Bread, in Jesus’ Name. Bread from the Holy Eucharist that gives us the connection with Jesus, your Son; and with each other; That inspires us over and over again to fulfill his mission: to love each other – friend ánd stranger – as long as we live!
The Lord’s prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.