Prayers for Benjamin and Kathryn on the occasion of their wedding St Paul’s church, Knightsbridge.
Eternal God and our loving heavenly Father, at this time of new beginnings, we praise you for your unchanging love. Amidst life’s many uncertainties, your unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise. Whatever the future holds, we know that in all things you work for good with those who love you. With confidence therefore we pray your blessing on Benjamin and Kathryn as they begin their new married life together. May joy and love continue to be theirs; and in those tough times help them to be loyal and faithful to each other.
As the old passes away and the future opens its gates, may this marriage become a place of depth, grace and care, one for the other. As the old passes away and life finds new meaning may this marriage show others faith, hope and love, two for all others. Yes, Lord, bless not simply Benjamin & Kathryn in their new married life together, but may they together be a blessing to many others too.
As we reflect on the passing of the old, we thank you for all those who cared for us and influenced us in the past. As we do so, we remember with special gratitude loved ones no longer with us, who have passed through death into your everlasting life. We think in particular of those no longer with us who made and shaped the lives of Benjamin and Kathryn and who they still carry in their hearts.
As we reflect on the passing of the old, many of us remember the day when we made our vows one to the other – and as we do so, we pray that you will strengthen our life together and deepen our commitment to one another.
As we journey into the future, we thank you that we do not make the journey alone, for you are there – so may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day.
As we look to the future, we are mindful of all who suffer even while we rejoice. Today we pray not least for the shattered homes & lives in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan. Speed the day when people everywhere will live in peace and in the knowledge of your love
In the name of Jesus, Amen.