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Wedding, St. Andrew Undershaft, St. Mary Axe, LondonHaving been involved in weddings for most of my life – first, as a part of choir/music team, then as a photographer, and now meddling with sound, being around to answer questions and ensure the smooth running of the event, and clearing up and re-setting the space after, i’ve heard a lot of wedding sermons. They are usually a variation on:

  • Proverbs 18:22 and some praise for the bride and something about how fortunate/blessed the groom is;
  • the usual “love” passages: 1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 3-4 etc. Love within the church applied to married couple;
  • or passages about the couple’s respective roles within marriage: Ephesians 5, 1 Corinthians 7;
  • or about leaving and cleaving: Genesis 2;
  • or about the glorious truth of how marriage is a picture of Christ and the church;
  • jokes or embarrassing stories about the newly-weds or soon-to-be-wed (depending on placement of sermon within wedding ceremony);
  • commentary on current controversy on gay marriage, homosexuality, loose sexual mores of modern society (coupled (haha) with Mark 10 or Hebrews 13);
  • some sort of marital advice…

Really enjoyed the one at this wedding – two readings (Ephesians 1:3-14 and 1 John 4:7-21) and an engaging talk by the bride’s brother on how it is not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10) – visually demonstrated by having a brolly opened indoors, much to the horror of the more superstitious no doubt. There was also a servant’s cap for the groom to put on and twirl around in, to illustrate his role in serving his wife in marriage. Great for visual learners with short attention spans.

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