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Marriage Vows Renewal Liturgy

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Marriage Vows Renewal

SONG: “I Will Be Here”

CALL TO WORSHIP

DEARLY BELOVED: WE HAVE COME TODAY TO WITNESS AND TO CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION POWER OF GOD. THROUGH THE FAITH, THE PRAYERS, AND THE HARD WORK OF (name) AND (name), WE HAVE COME NOW TO CELEBRATE THE RENEWAL OF THEIR MARRIAGE COVENANT. WE OFTEN SPEAK OF MARRIAGE AS AN INSTITUTION OR AS AN ESTATE, BUT IT’S REALLY MUCH MORE THAN THAT. MARRIAGE IS A LIVING ORGANISM. AS SUCH, IT IS SUBJECT TO DISEASE AND SICKNESS, SOMETIMES EVEN DEATH. THE WORLD BELIEVES THAT WHEN A MARRIAGE DIES THAT’S THE END OF THE STORY, BUT WE SERVE A GOD OF RESURRECTION!

OUR GOD KNOWS HOW TO BRING NEW LIFE WHERE ONLY DEATH WOULD BE EXPECTED. HE MAKES STREAMS IN THE DESERT, PATHWAYS IN THE WILDERNESS.

SO, (names), WE YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR SPIRITUAL FRIENDS, HAVE COME TODAY TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND TO REJOICE WITH YOU. BUT FAR MORE THAN THAT, WE HAVE COME TO WORSHIP WITH YOU AT THE THRONE OF OUR GOD, WHO IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW.

WE HAVE COME TO REESTABLISH COVENANT. IT’S SOMETHING THAT GOD KNOWS A LOT ABOUT. TIME AFTER TIME IN THE STORY OF GOD AND HIS PEOPLE, HE MADE COVENANTS WITH THEM AND MANY TIMES THEY WERE BROKEN OR UNFULFILLED.

BUT IN HIS INFINITE MERCY AND NEVER ENDING LOVE, HE ALWAYS SOUGHT OUT HIS PEOPLE IN ORDER TO REESTABLISH THE COVENANT OF LOVE. IT WASN’T BECAUSE HE’S A GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT. IT WAS AND IS BECAUSE HE IS FULL OF GRACE, FULL OF MERCY AND FORGIVENESS, AND FULL OF LOVE. IT’S PRECISELY THAT GRACE AND LOVE THAT WE’VE COME TO CELEBRATE TODAY.

DECLARATION OF INTENTIONS

(husband), I ASK YOU NOW IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND BEFORE THESE WITNESSES, IS IT YOUR DESIRE AND INTENTION TO RENEW THE COVENANT OF MARRIAGE WITH THE BRIDE OF YOUR YOUTH? DO YOU TAKE (wife) ONCE AGAIN AS YOUR COVENANT PARTNER AND FRIEND?

(wife), I ASK YOU NOW IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND BEFORE THESE WITNESSES, IS IT YOUR DESIRE AND INTENTION TO RENEW THE COVENANT OF MARRIAGE WITH YOUR HUSBAND? DO YOU TAKE (husband) ONCE AGAIN AS YOUR COVENANT PARTNER AND FRIEND?