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Resignation, Part 51

Dale walked behind the pulpit.  He couldn’t help but pause and smile.  His journey to this point was not the one he thought he would take.  He had simply thought he would be an interim pastor for this church for a few months until they called their new pastor.  He had no idea when he took this task on that he would end up being that pastor.  Now he was about to be a part of one of the most unique services of which he had ever taken part.

“It’s a privilege to be your pastor.  I am still amazed at the fact that the Lord worked this out and put it together.  Today is my first service as your pastor and I will not keep you long today.  There will be plenty of chances to do that in the future.  Today will be a unique day.  It’s my first day in the pulpit in this role.  I’ve been here before, but now we begin a new journey together.  It’s a new beginning.”

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  We see that, but we need to pause and let it soak in.  There was a beginning.  This world, this creating began with God.  He created.  He kick started what we have here today.”

“Almost every day he created something and called it good.  He could have created it all at once, but He chose not to.  It’s as though He made what He wanted that day and thought, “That’s good enough for today.”  So, He moved on to the next day.  Guess what?  It was good, too.  It was good enough.”

“There was only one problem during creating.  Well, we might call it a problem.  There was no problem for God.  There was one thing that was not good.  God said that it was not good for man to be alone.  Man needed a helper.  There was just one problem.  None of the other living creatures that He had created would suffice.  Man needed a helper who was his equal.  One with whom he could share the good life God had created.”

“God took the man’s rib and created woman.  He gave her to him and the man became excited.  He realized that she was part of him.  She was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh.  She would be the reason that other men would leave their parents, so that they would become one flesh.”

“This is what happened in the beginning.  Today, in our beginning, we are becoming one.  I am becoming part of this body, but more than that, you are becoming part of me.  We are joining together in a different way than we have before.  There is a new commitment we have to each other.  I am not your CEO.  I am not the president of this church.  I am a part of the body.  We are simply one flesh now.”

“But that isn’t the only new beginning happening today.  We have something unique happening today.  We have two others who want to join together in a new way.  They have known each other for many years, but it wasn’t until the search team formed that they really began to know each other.  Due to what and Who brought them together, they want to stand before you and exchange their vows.  They want you to be part of their beginning.”

Tom Davis stood up, walking to the front of the auditorium.  Dale made his way down to stand in front of him.  They grinned at each other as they really weren’t 100% sure what would take place next.

There was an uncomfortable pause as several people seemed confused.  A few murmurs could be heard.  Someone, perhaps they were older and a little harder of hearing, asked why a wedding was taking place.  Many people turned around to see what was going on and if the bride was about to make her way.

The doors to the back opened and the traditional wedding march began to play.  Coming through the door was Teresa Smith.  She was being escorted down to her groom by Fred McGinley.  No one was surprised, the least of which were the members of the search team.  They had watched Tom’s and Teresa’s romance begin with a small spark, burning until it reached into a raging fire.

Teresa was handed over to Tom and they stood before Dale each one beaming.  The music ended with Tom taking Teresa by the hand.  Dale asked if they were ready and they both replied with a resounding “YES!!!”

Dale began with a few words and then began his wedding sermon.

“Tom and Teresa, the Bible says that in the beginning, the more days that went by, God said that it was all good.  He created woman because man needed a helper.  Once woman was there, it was good.”

“They became bone of bone and flesh of flesh.  They became one.  That is what the two of you are becoming today.  We are privileged to witness and share this with you.  Are you ready to exchange your vows?”  Both nodded the affirmative.

“Tom, do you take Teresa to be your wife, to have and to hold, in sickness in health, for richer or for poorer, ‘til death do you part?”

“Yes!!!”  Tom said grinning at Teresa.

“Teresa, do you take Tom to be your husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, ‘til death do you part?”

“Yes!!!” Teresa almost shouted, tears streaming down her face.

Dale looked at both of them smiling, almost laughing, saying, “By the power vested in me I now pronounce you husband and wife.  Tom, you may kiss your bride.”

With that the entire congregation stood and applauded.  Tom and Teresa turned to them, waving and smiling.

Dale spoke up one last time.  “I know that many of you had no idea what kind of service you would be a part of today.  Some did know and have prepared a reception for Tom and Teresa.  They would love to invite you to attend and fellowship together in celebration of what we have just been part of.”

The accompanists began playing and everyone began to make their way to the gym where the reception was being held.  Dale paused, pondering the unusual start to his ministry here.  “A marriage!!!  How fitting.”

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  1. October 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I’ve done a wedding as part of the Sunday morning worship service, it’s common to do it that way in Ukraine. I like it, it seems appropriate as part of worship.

    • October 27, 2013 at 5:54 am

      I agree, Caleb. The American way is a bit too American.

  2. October 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Love this!

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