Hymns about marriage

At Cana’s Wedding Long Ago(t. Sussex Carol: same tune as On Christmas Night)

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At Cana’s Wedding Long Ago(t. Sussex Carol: same tune as On Christmas Night)

This hymn is not found in the Common Praise Hymnal.
At Cana’s wedding, long ago,
they knew his presence by this sign,
a virtue none but Christ could show,
to turn their water into wine:
and still on us his blessing be
as in the days of Galilee.

What if the way be far to go
and life at times a weary load?
Yet may our hearts within us glow
as theirs on that Emmaus road:
the risen Christ become our guest,
with him to walk, in him to rest.

O Lord of all our life below,
O risen Lord of realms above,
eternal joy be theirs to know,
united in the bond of love:
one in the faith, with one accord,
one with each other and the Lord.

Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith
© Dudley-Smith, Timothy (Admin. by Oxford University Press)
CCLI Song Number 3271182

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Bind Us Together Lord

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Bind Us Together Lord

This hymn is not found in the Common Praise hymnal.
Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken,
Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together, O bind us together with love.


There is only one God,
There is only one King,
There is only one body
That is why we sing;

Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken,
Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together, O bind us together with love.

Made for the glory of God,
Purchased by His precious Son.
Born with the right to be clean,
For Jesus the victory has won.

Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken,
Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together, O bind us together with love.


You are the family of God.
You are the promise divine.
You are God’s chosen desire.
You are the glorious new wine.

Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken,
Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together, O bind us together with love.
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Come To A Wedding(t.Bunessan: same tune as Morning Has Broken)

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Come To A Wedding(t.Bunessan: same tune as Morning Has Broken)

This hymn is not found in the Common Praise Hymnal.
Come to a wedding,
Come to a blessing,
Come on a day when happiness sings!
Come rain or sun,
Come winter or summer,
Celebrate love and all that it brings.

Thanks for the love,
That holds us together,
Parent and child, and lover and friend;
Thanks to the God,
Whose love is our centre,
Source of compassion, knowing no end.

Love is the gift,
And love is the giver,
Love is the gold that
Makes the day shine;
Love forgets self to care for the other,
Love changes life from water to wine.

Come to this wedding,
Asking a blessing,
For all the years that living will prove;
Health of the body,
Health of the spirit,
Now to you both we offer our love.

Words: Shirley Erena Murray
© 1992 Hope Publishing Company.
Copyright administered by Hope Publishing Company: 380 S Main Place, Carol Stream IL 60188 U.S.A. hope@hopepublishing.com.
CCLI Song Number 3372579
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God In The Planning And Purpose Of Life (t. Slane: same tune as Lord Of All Hopefulness)

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God In The Planning And Purpose Of Life (t. Slane: same tune as Lord Of All Hopefulness)

This hymn is not found in the Common Praise Hymnal.

God, in the planning and purpose of life,
hallowed the union of husband and wife:
this we embody where love is displayed,
rings are presented and promises made.

Jesus was found, at a similar feast,
taking the roles of both waiter and priest,
turning the worldly towards the divine,
tears into laughter and water to wine.

Therefore we pray that his spirit preside
over the wedding of bridegroom and bride,
fulfilling all that they’ve hoped will come true,
lighting with love all they dream of and do.

Praise then the Maker, the Spirit, the Son,
source of the love through which two are made one.
God’s is the glory, the goodness and grace
seen in this marriage and known in this place.

Words: John L. Bell and Graham Maule
© 1989 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3DH (Admin. by Wild Goose Resource Group)
CCLI Song Number 3210765

This song may be reproduced under the Church Copyright Licence (CCL) provided that the above information is written out in full. If the church does not hold a CCL, permission is required directly from the copyright owner. Please contact: WGRG, Iona Community, 4th floor, Savoy House, 140 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3DH

From the songbook “Love from below”, Wild Goose Publications 1989.

Tune: Slane
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Lord And Lover Of Creation(t. Westminster Abbey)

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Lord And Lover Of Creation(t. Westminster Abbey)

This hymn is not found in the Common Praise Hymnal.
Lord and lover of creation,
bless the marriage witnessed now:
sign of lives no longer separate,
sealed by symbol, bound by vow,
celebrating love’s commitment
made to live and last and grow.

Praise and gratitude we offer,
for the past which shaped today.
Words which stirred and deepened conscience,
family life, good company,
friends who touched and summoned talent,
nourished all words can’t convey.

On your children wed and welcome
here among us, we request
health in home and hearts, and humour
through which heaven and earth are blessed;
open doors and human pleasure,
time for touch and trust and rest.

Take them hence that, in each other,
love fulfilling love shall find
much to share and more to treasure,
such that none dare break or bind
those your name has joined together,
one in body, heart and mind.

Words: John L. Bell and Graham Maule
© 1989 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3DH (Admin. by Wild Goose Resource Group)
CCLI Song Number 1587040

This song may be reproduced under the Church Copyright Licence (CCL) provided that the above information is written out in full. If the church does not hold a CCL, permission is required directly from the copyright owner. Please contact: WGRG, Iona Community, 4th floor, Savoy House, 140 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3DH.

From the songbook “Love from below”, Wild Goose Publications 1989.
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We Pledge To One Another(t. Thaxted: same tune as I vow to thee my country)

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We Pledge To One Another(t. Thaxted: same tune as I vow to thee my country)

This hymn is not found in the Common Praise Hymnal.
Tune: Thaxted

We pledge to one another,
before the Lord above,
entire and whole and perfect,
this union of our love —
a love that will be patient,
a love that will be wise,
that will not twist with envy,
nor lose itself in lies;
a love that will not falter,
a love to hold us fast,
and bind us to each other
as long as life shall last.

We pray that God will guide us
through all the years to be,
our lives be shaped by courage,
hope and serenity.
Through joy and celebration,
through loneliness and pain,
may loyalty, compassion
and tenderness remain,
that those who share the blessing
of love that cannot cease
may walk the paths of gentleness
into the place of peace.

Jill Jenkins
© Jill Jenkins, c/o Palmers Green United Reformed Church, Fox Lane, London N13 4AL.
For queries, email: jilljx@supanet.com

This song is not covered by the Church Copyright Licence (CCL). As the words to this song are in copyright they may only be reproduced in your Order of Service by permission of the copyright holder. No charge will be made.
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