Dedicated to my wife, who was my lover and best friend whom I lost to mental illness in 1993. We were knit together in the palm of His hand. No one can take your place, ma ti’ coulombe.
September 1st 1984
Guests are being seated.
Recorded music: "For the Bride" by John Michael Talbot
Welcome and Announcements
1) No confetti to be thrown on the premises.
2) No photographs to be taken during the ceremony except for the official photographer.
Sermon (In French only) – Pastor Daniel St. Laurent
Pastor Ken Bombay leads the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer. (Pastor St. Laurent leads in French)
1) Recorded – Song of Songs by John Michael Talbot
(Procession to be simultaneous down two centre-side aisles.)
Men stand on the organ side of the platform and the women on the piano side.
2) Groom proceeds down the right aisle and remains at the front waiting. Then the Pastor Ken Bombay shall say:
"Do you Gerry Allen Desjardins, as you approach the alter of God, purpose that the home you now establish shall be a Christian home? Do you pledge that the Lord Jehovah shall be your God? Do you seek by His grace to be a man who in all of the relationships of life will conduct himself as a servant to his Lord Jesus Christ? If so, answer "I do.""
The Bridal Entrance
Recorded music – Arise by John Michael Talbot
Pastor says: Shall we rise?
Bride proceeds to the front pew on the arms of her father. Mother of the bride joins them.
Pastor says: The congregation may be seated.
After asking the parents of the bride and groom if they consented to this marriage, the bride and the groom proceed to the alter together.
Pastor Ken Bombay says: "Please join your right hands."
Gerry, repeat after me: "Elaine, I love you with all of my being. I promise to be loyal and true to you, the Lord being my Helper. To sustain you in all the challenges of our life together. To strive to make our marriage a living example of Christ’s love for the church. To endeavour to acknowledge Jesus as Lord of our Union and to keep you uppermost next only to Him all the days of our lives."
Pastor St. Laurent says:
Elaine répéte après moi. Gerry, je t’aime de tout mon coeur. Je te donne toute ma vie et tout ma loyauté. Je tenterai de me soumettre à toi aussi longtemps que tu suivras Jésus Christ. Je tiendra ta main quand tu tombaras et réjouirai quand tu réussiras. Je te garderai toujours au premier plan de ma vie seul, après notre Seigneur Jésus Christ à l’egard de Son nom et de Sa grace tous les jours de notre vie.
A) Georges Forbes – Ephesians 5:22-29
22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church——
B) Pina Constantini – 1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
C) Pastor Ken Bombay brings short message to the couple and the congregation.
Pastor Ken says: "Do you have the rings?"
(The bride and groom exchange rings)
"May your union be as endless as the circle of these rings. May your union be blessed by Him whose Word fashioned the elements in these rings."
"Join your left hands."
Gerry repeat after me:
With this ring – I thee wed
With my body – I thee honour
With my love – I thee bless
With my possessions – I thee endow
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Pastor St. Laurent then says:
Elaine répéte après moi:
Avec ses anneaux – je t’épouse
Avec mon corps – je t’honore
Avec mon amour – je te bénis
Avec mes possessions (biens) – je t’en dote
Au nom du Seigneur Jésus Christ.
Ne me presses pas de te laissr, de retourner loin de toi!
Où tu iras j’irai, où tu demeureras je demeurerai;
To peuple sera mon peuple, et ton Dieu sera mon Dieu;
Où tu mourras je mourrai, et j’y serai enterrée. Ruth 1:16
Declaration of the Union
Pastor Ken then says:
"Because you have first presented yourselves to Christ as Lord and Saviour, and because you have consented together in Christian marriage and because you have pledged your love and faith in the sight of God and before family and friends, by the authority vested in me as a minister of the gospel, by our sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth and the laws of the province of Quebec, I now declare that you are husband and wife in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Pastor St. Laurent then repeats the same thing in French.
1) Elaine prays in French
2) Gerry prays in English
3) Both pastors impose their hands and pray for the couple.
Songs sung by Richard Loder and Mrs. St.Laurent as the couple are seated.
24 "The LORD bless you and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
Recessional – Holy is His Name – John Michael Talbot
Wedding service written by Gerry and Elaine Desjardins
Marriage is the union of one man and one woman before God to the exclusion of all others.
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