Marriage is very much on my mind at the moment with one daughter marrying here at St Giles on 29 July and another marrying next year. So I had a look at what others have said about marriage –
Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn’t have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn’t have to hear about the way his mother cooked.
So is there such a thing as an ideal marriage? Ruth Graham wife of Billy Graham said the following ‘A good marriage is the union of two forgivers’. Certainly a short memory is required.
Keith and I recently celebrated our ruby wedding (40 years) and by experience we can say that there is no perfect marriage only those where there is a will to journey together through life’s ups and downs.
Others have their own recipe for a good marriage and the recipe given by one poet for a good wedding cake included a pound of blindness to faults, a pound of good humour but by far the largest ingredient was 4 pounds of love.
The Corinthians 13 reading is the most requested readings at weddings. It tells of love and the qualities of love that are needed in any relationship not just a marriage partner, Love is patient, love is kind ……………… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. The words written so long ago echo down the years of so many marriages. Yet each couple making their own marriage unique with the love they have for each other.
It is always a delight to marry couples in St Giles, to get to know them and their families before the big day. You will find our wedding leaflet in the lobby which answers some of the questions that you may need to consider if you want a church wedding here in Bramhope.
Take a look at our website Karen Giles has done some sterling work and there are details of our services, what to do if you want a baptism, a wedding, lots of pictures of social and other events that have taken place over the years.
This year our Alpha course is being replaced with a confirmation course for those who want to find more about the Christian faith. The course starts in the autumn and Alpha will run again in 2018.
As we have a break over the summer months I hope you will take some time to think about those friends and neighbours who may not know Jesus and think about who you will advertise our confirmation course to and who you will ask to our harvest celebrations in October with our harvest service followed by a three course lunch.
Heavenly Father, thank you for this day.
We remember that we are created and loved by you.
We welcome you now as you have already welcomed us.
We pray that we may know the power of your personal invitation to our lives.
Give us confidence to offer a friend your personal invitation.
We thank you for the gift of church as community.
Make us aware of you.
We pray in the name of Jesus.
Who do you love enough to ask?