- Natalie Brown-Cody Gerber Wedding + June 16, 2018
- Order of Service: Wedding Service
[Jesus] answered, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." (Matthew 19:4-6)
Cody and Natalie, and all who have come to celebrate your union together in Christ, grace, mercy and peace be yours from God our Father through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the beginning, God created male and female in His image. He didn't create either one to be alone throughout life. He created humans to seek out relationships with each other. This afternoon, we come together in God's sight, with friends and family surrounding us, to celebrate this union of Cody and Natalie, man and woman, into the one-flesh union of holy matrimony.
God created male and female to seek each other out. “It is not good that the man should be alone.” God not only says this about Adam. God says it for all His children. God created people to be in relationship with each other.
Just as God is not alone in Himself, He doesn't expect His children to be alone. When you think of the great mystery of God being Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you can see that the God who is Three-in-One would not expect solitude for His creatures. So He has created all life to seek out those who are similar to themselves. Those who complement themselves, not identical copies.
Cody and Natalie, you are not identical. And that's what attracted you to each other in the first place. You are different. And that's what has kept you together these last seven years. You have found something in each other that you cannot live without. And now you are here, in God's house, to declare your desire for His blessing on your union.
In marriage, God joins male and female together in one flesh. You become not two but one. But today, you are not only uniting your lives together. You are uniting your families together. Children you have had from your previous relationships. The son you have together. All blended together into one family. As all of God's children are blended together in the one holy Christian and apostolic Church, all of you are being blended together in this union.
God takes what is different and shows how it fits together just perfectly. He has brought the two of you together. Showing you your differences. Showing how you complement each other. Blessing you with what is necessary to make this blending work.
This blending is not easy. You've had your moments where it hasn't been smooth sailing. You will have more in the future. But Jesus gives you the gift of forgiveness. Forgiveness from Him. Forgiveness for each other. Guys, this is for you as well. As Mom and Dad come together as husband and wife, as new siblings are added into the family, you will need forgiveness. From them to you, but also from you to them.
This adventure is not meant to be temporary. God declares His union to be eternal. There is no relationship, no marriage, like this one. Therefore God places the injunction to leave the parents' house and cleave to one another. This union is unique. It has no comparison. Therefore it needs to be remembered that all this is done by God. God works in the unique. The everlasting and enduring. Therefore we say at the end of the service, “What God has joined together let no man put asunder.”
You have come here, to God's house, to have His blessing. For Him to be the center of your life together. He writes through King Solomon, “A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” Jesus is the third strand in your marriage cord. As you stay close to Him, He will draw you closer to each other. Through thick and thin, for better or worse, He will be there for you two. He will be there for your family. Blessing you with His grace and peace. Amen.