Covenant Marriage Renewals - Public Declaration Of Commitment Love by Jim Henry

Covenant Marriage Renewal
A public declaration of commitment love
Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Orlando
Sunday, May 7, 2000

The Welcome

Church family, friends, those who come to renew their
marriage covenants, and their loved ones, we welcome
you to this special covenant renewal service. This is
a time of celebration of what God has done in and
through the unions of these couples who are here to
recommit themselves to their mates and to God. This is
a time of introspection for each of us who are married
as we each examine our own lives to see if we are
fulfilling the covenants that we have made with our
mate and with God. This is a solemn time of worship
and of covenant renewal in the presence of our holy
and supreme God to be witnessed by each of you.

The Invocation

Let us pray: God of Heaven and Earth, we bow before
you in recognition that you alone are sovereign and
that you alone rule and reign over this universe. We
thank you, Lord, that you orchestrate the events of
life, all of which you use to accomplish your good and
pleasing purpose. We put our trust in your supremacy
as together we come to witness the covenant renewals
that these couples are about to make in your good
Name. We ask that you would bless this time, that all
we are about to do would bring honor to you, and that
this sacred ceremony would reaffirm the love and
commitment of these marriage partners. Gracious God,
draw us now into your holy presence. For it is in
Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.

The Wedding Charge

• We will rejoice with these couples in the
celebration of marriage.

In this age of "living together" and all-too-common
divorce, marriage is something to be celebrated and
elevated by the Church. Marriage is the prime human
bond, the foundation of all social order. The biblical
teachings and examples of marriage describe marriage
as: a divine institution, a companionship alliance, a
romantic relationship, a sexual union, a joint
livelihood, a common primary responsibility for
parenting, a shared religious life, and a covenantal
bond. Common to all these descriptions of marriage is
the basic principle that in marriage two become one.
We read in the Gospel of Mark: "For this reason a man
will leave his father and mother and become one flesh.
So they are no longer two, but one," (Mk 10:7-8a). The
biblical symbol of marital oneness suggests unity, a
union—a fusion—of individual lives in a lasting bond.
Couples, we celebrate your commitment to the one to
whom you are united in marriage. We celebrate your
enduring and growing love for each other and the Lord.
We celebrate what God is doing in and through your
lives, your families, and your Christian homes.

• We will reaffirm and renew the most important of all
human covenants, the marriage covenant.

For God's children, the marriage relationship is a
covenant between a man and a woman ...


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