Thank you for this wonderful day and this time of focus on family, friends and love. Thank you, God, for the love that connects the hearts of Renee and Phil. Bless them as they build that love with your guidance. Allow your Holy Spirit to nurture in them a permanent connection to that which is Holy and True and hold them in your hand for healing when they face illness or adversity. Bless them with joy and fun and let their stresses and disagreements become opportunities to expand their love and commitment.
Holy Spirit, bless the families of Renee and Philip as we celebrate the continuation of our heritage through the marriage vows of this couple. Let both friends and family members enrich their understandings of life, love, friendship and family as they share stories, traditions and secrets. Allow us to feel your thanks in our hearts for the love and guidance we have provided to Renee and Phil. Soften our hearts when we need to forgive, and reward us as we act on our love for each other. God, let the love of Renee and Phil be a force that enriches family and friends and bless their parenting potential which is of great interest to many in this room. Let them always remember those who paved the way for their successful marriage.
Holy Spirit, bless this meal and enable those who share in this celebration to be refreshed by it with more energy to serve you. Protect us all as we return to our homes and reflect on the joy we have shared. Lord, bless us all in fun and love and let us know when we need two toothpaste tubes or two bathroom sinks to maintain a balance in our relationships.
All of which we ask in the name of the great Friend and Master of all, Jesus Christ Our Lord, AMEN.