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Messianic Wedding


A Jewish wedding is a beautiful picture of the Bride being joined to her groom under the covering of a chupa.  In a Messianic wedding, this picture represents
the covering that is ours under the "shadow of His wings."


READ: Ephesians 5:19-31 [As chupa, groom, and wedding party enter.]

We stand tonight, under a chupa., a reminder of the covering that HaShem has over us. Solomon writes, "His banner over us is love." Tonight, that love is displayed in its fullest glory. The chupa is a representation of a tallit, a 4-cornered prayer shawl. Upon each of the corners, are found tzitzi, fringes that the Bible tells us are to remind us of G-d’s commandments. The Rabbis teach us that HaShem, Himself wears a tallit; we are the fringes which remind Him of His covenant with us.

AS BRIDE ENTERS:

Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai...Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the L-rd.
Baruch haba’ah b’Shem Adonai...Blessed is she who comes in the Name of the L-rd.

READ: Ezekiel 16:8-14; Song of Songs 4:7-16; Proverbs 5:18-19, 21

1st KIDDUSH
:

With a cup for each Bride, Groom and Rabbi, the Rabbi pronounces Kiddush.

Baruch ata Adonai, Elohaynu Melech ha'olam
Boray pree ha'gafen.

Blessed are You, O L-rd our G-d,King of the Universe,
Who creates the fruit of the vine.

>>MUSIC

Hodu l’Adonai ki tov. Give thanks to the L-rd for He is good.
Ki lay olam kasdoh. For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Hodu l’Adonai ki tov; ki lay olam kasdoh.
Hodu l’Adonai ki tov; ki lay olam kasdoh.

CHARGE TO THE CONGREGATION:

We are gathered today, in the sight of our Ever-present Father in heaven to witness these sacred vows being confirmed. For tonight, Bride and Groom stand before this great cloud of witnesses; those here gathered, and the hosts of heaven, as they commit themselves to that which HaShem has called them to be together. Not according to their former selves, according to their former ways, but as new creations, who have set their mind, their souls and their bodies to loving and serving Adonai S’vaot /The L-rd of Hosts.

You have been invited, not just to be spectators, but to be witnesses. That word, witness, occurs some 227 times in the B’rit Hadashah (The Re-Newed Testament). Every time it appears, it is used as a verb, an action verb. Being a witness requires more than just seeing something occur, it means testifying to what you saw, heard, or otherwise experienced. Without the telling, you are a mere spectator.

However, you are called to be a witness...of this holy assembly, and of the magnificent work that the Living Creator of the world has done, and has been in your life. Yes, just saying in your heart that Jesus is L-rd is enough to confirm your place in Eternity, but it is not enough to give unto the Giver of Life that which He requires. The Messiah said: "You are to be My witnesses..." We have received the promise of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, not so we can speak in unknown tongues, but so that we may be those witnesses

Yet, our lives are full of day-to-day routines that have no time for the important things. We live our lives as Martha, busy here, busy there; yet her sister chose the better thing, to sit at the feet of the Master, and to be about our Father’s business.

That is the place that Groom and Bride have chosen. They stand here today, committing to one another, not just to have and to hold each other. Nevertheless, they stand before G-d today to dedicate themselves to the service of one another as unto the L-rd. And to that, you are to be a witness. You are to testify that you have taken a position in their lives and in the work to which they are committed. To be about the same work that they are committed to, for that is your reasonable service unto the L-rd.

You are called to be a witness, in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, in <your city>, and to the furthest reaches of the world. And, as witnesses of this blessed event, you are called to be a reminder to Bride and to Groom of that to which they pledge themselves tonight; to pray for them, to encourage them, and to support them as they are about the business of building their family and building the Family of G-d.

>>MUSIC

TO CONGREGATION: Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai...Blessed are you who come in the Name of the L-rd.

TO GROOM: Chatan baruch hu...Blessed be the groom.

TO BRIDE: Calah barucha v’natan...Blessed and lovely is the bride.

Mi adir ahl hacole...May He who is supremely praised;
Mi baruch ahl hacole...May He who is supremely blessed;
Eevorech chatan v’calah...May He bless the bride and groom.

CHARGE TO THE GROOM:

<Groom>, G-d has given you a precious gift in your lovely bride, as G-d gave to Israel the gift of the Land. They still had to plant and water and wait for the harvest. You have waited and now, I must remind you that to whom much is given, much is required.

G-d has called you to be a servant of His Word. As a servant, you must always seek to hear Him speak to you regarding that which He would have you say and do. But, <Groom>, you must always remember that it is first unto your wife and then unto your family that you must serve. Remember that Messiah gave Himself up for the Church, not because the Church comes first, but because we are His bride. So, too must you first give of yourself to your bride, who will then serve beside you as you serve those with whom the L-rd has entrusted into your care.

Delight yourself in your wife, as Yeshua delights Himself in the goodness and the responsiveness of His Bride. As you do these things, surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life, and you shall dwell in the presence of HaShem forever.

PRAYER FOR THE GROOM:

Blessed be the Name of the G-d of Abraham, the G-d of Isaac, and the G-d of Jacob. We come before you, O Most High, to beseech Your blessing upon your servant, <Groom>. We ask of You, a fresh anointing for love toward this woman you have created for him; a fresh anointing for service to his family that You have blessed him with; a fresh anointing for the service to which you have called him. B’Shem Yeshua, Mishekanu AMEN.

CHARGE TO THE BRIDE:

Dear <Bride>, in beauty and in grace, you stand before us tonight. When you leave this canopy, you will be a new woman.; you will look the same, you are continually beautiful in our sight. Your name will be changed, and you will become a new person in Messiah, and in your husband’s household. You will be changed by a fresh anointing of the Ruach HaKodesh. You will continually bring honor to this name which are taking now.

READ: Proverbs 31:10-31

PRAYER FOR THE BRIDE
:

Blessed be the G-d of Sarah, the G-d of Rebecca, the G-d of Rachael. We come before You, O L-rd, to ask your blessing upon your servant, <Bride>. We ask of You, a fresh anointing for love toward this man whom you have created for her; a fresh anointing for service to her family that You shall bless them with; a fresh anointing for the service to which you have called her. B’Shem Yeshua, Mishekanu Amen.

VOWS:

<Groom>, do you attest that through prayer and through the Word, that G-d has confirmed this woman to be the woman that He created specifically for you? [Pause for response]

Do you promise all of us assembled to always love, honor and respect her, placing her needs above your own, and giving yourself to her always, as Messiah did for His Bride, His Body? [Pause for response]

Do you pledge to encourage her to serve our Messiah and to perform her duties unto Him so that you might both continue in the blessings of G-d’s good will? [Pause for response]

<Groom>, son of <Father & Mother>, may your house and the household of G-d increase.

Do you attest that through prayer and through the Word of G-d, that you know G-d’s will for your life; that the G-d of Israel, the G-d of all the Nations, blessed be He, has moved you to desire this woman of beauty and of valor above all others, and that you will, forever, keep only to her? [Pause for response]

Do you promise her, this great cloud of witnesses and G-d Himself to always honor and uphold her, devote yourself to her welfare and growth, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, to encourage her in her walk with G-d, knowing that by her service to Him, He will have her submit to you as unto Himself until His glorious return or until death do you part? [Pause for response]

<Bride>, do you attest that through prayer and through the Word, that G-d has confirmed this man to be the man that He created specifically for you? [Pause for response]

Do you promise all of us assembled to always love, honor and respect him, placing his needs above your own, and giving yourself to him always, as Messiah did for His Bride, His Body? [Pause for response]

Do you pledge to encourage him to serve our Messiah and to perform his duties unto Him so that you might both continue in the blessings of G-d’s good will? [Pause for response]

<Bride>, daughter of <Father & Mother>, may your house and the household of G-d increase.

Do you attest that through prayer and through the Word of G-d, that you know G-d’s will for your life; that the G-d of Israel, the G-d of all the Nations, blessed be He, has moved you to desire this man of valor and of courage above all others, and that you will, forever, keep only to him? [Pause for response]

Do you promise him, this great cloud of witnesses and G-d Himself to always honor and uphold him, devote yourself to his welfare and growth, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, to encourage him in his walk with G-d, knowing that by his service to Him, He will have him serve you as unto Himself until His glorious return or until death do you part? [Pause for response]

[Groom enwraps Bride in his Tallit]

Groom has spread the covering of the wings of his tallit over his bride as a sign of his covering over her before G-d and before men.

THE SEVEN BLESSINGS:

  1. Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of all Eternity, Who creates the fruit of the vine.

  2. Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of all Eternity, Who has created all things for Thy pleasure.

  3. Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of all Eternity, Creator of man.

  4. Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of all Eternity, Who has fashioned man in Thine own image, after Thine own likeness, and has established through him an enduring edifice of life. Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of all Eternity, Creator of man.

  5. May Zion who has been made barren of her children soon rejoice as her children return joyfully unto her. Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of all Eternity, Who causes Zion to rejoice at the return of her children.

  6. Bestow abundant joy to the beloved companions as You bestowed joy upon the first couple in the Garden of Eden.

  7. Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of all Eternity, Who created joy and gladness, bridegroom and bride, mirth and exultation, pleasure and delight, love, fellowship, peace, and friendship. Soon may there be heard in the streets of Jerusalem, the voices of joy and gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the jubilant voices of bridegrooms from their chupas and of youths from their feasts of song as the Messiah, Who is the Bridegroom to all who believe, is found within the heart of Kol Israel (All of Israel) and Kol HaGoyim (All the Nations). Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of all Eternity, Who makes the bridegroom rejoice with the bride.

    AMEN

AARONIC BENEDICTION pronounced over couple and congregation. Please stand silently.

The L-rd bless you and keep you;
The L-rd make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
The L-rd lift up His countenance upon you and create for you His peace.

Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yeeshm’rekha;
Ya’ayr Adonai panav aylecha veekhoonekha;
Yeesa’ Adonai panav aylekha v’yasym l’kha shalom.

2ND KIDDUSH:

With only one cup for Groom & then Bride, the Groom pronounces this Kiddush.

Baruch ata Adonai, Elohaynu Melech ha'olam
Boray pree ha'gafen.

Blessed are You, O L-rd our G-d,King of the Universe,
Who creates the fruit of the vine.

THE PRONOUNCEMENT:

By the authority of HaAv (The Father), v’Ben (The Son), v’Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit), and by the State of <state>, I now confirm you as Husband and Wife.

THE BIG KISS:

Bride wraps cup in cloth and sets at groom’s left foot. Groom stomps hard. [The crowd cheers Mazel Tov!]

THE PRESENTATION:

Friends, family, Brothers and Sisters in Messiah, I present to you Mr. & Mrs. <name>. Join me, please as we pray.


 


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