(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
Here are some wedding poems and scripture readings that you might want to add to your wedding ceremony. One of the most used scripture readings is 1 Corinthians Chapter 13, which is the first one here.
Depending on the type of Bible used (King James version, Revised Standard version, etc.), it can be different, and the second one listed here is the shortened version of it.
Scripture Reading # 1
Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul, and let them fill your hearts:
“If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all of human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have no love I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.
This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance. Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touch. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen. In this life, we have three great lasting qualities – faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Scripture Reading # 2
“Love is patient and kind: love is not jealous or conceited or proud: love is not ill-mannered or selfish, or irritable… love does not keep record of wrongs or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad when truth prevails. Love never gives up; it knows no end to its trust, no dashing of its hope. It can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the only thing that still stands when all else has fallen.”
Wedding Poem # 3
In the booklet entitled The Prophet, the author has given a beautiful description of the type of love that should be involved in a marriage.
From The Prophet
By Kalil Gibran
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
But let there be space in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it be rather a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,but let each one of you be alone,even as the strings of a lute are alone,though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And, stand together, yet not too near together;
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
Wedding Poem # 4
As a blessing for ___________ and _________, I read these lines from a Native American Ceremony:
Native American Blessing
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling to enter into the days of your life together,
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Wedding Poem # 5
Sharing and caring,
Giving and forgiving,
Loving and being loved,
Walking hand in hand,
Talking heart to heart,
Always trusting and believing,
And thanking God
For each other.
Helen Steiner Rice
Wedding Poem # 6
A good relationship has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules. The partners do not need to hold on tightly, because they move confidently in the same pattern, intricate but gay and swift and free, like a country dance of Mozart’s. To touch heavily would be to arrest the pattern and freeze the movement, to check the endlessly changing beauty of its unfolding.
There is no place here for the possessive clutch, the clinging arm, the heavy hand; only the barest touch in passing. Now arm in arm, now face to face, now back to back- it does not matter which. Because they know they are partners moving to the same rhythm, creating a pattern together, and being invisibly nourished by it. The joy of such a pattern is not only the joy of creation or the joy of participation, it is also the joy of living in the moment. Lightness of touch and living in the moment are intertwined.
From "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindberg