Monday, 30 July 2007

Wedding Writes

Just got back from a weekend in Yorkshire joining in a wedding. It was a good un. It also sparked off some half-baked thoughts for the blog. I’ve been needing them in my head for the past 24 hrs and now’s the time to stick them somewhere cosy to see if they will rise. It would be good if you could spare the time to lift the corner of the tea towel, take a peak and let me know what you think. Here they come.

1 comment:

Catriona said...

Thanks for this. I am due conduct a wedding for a 'nominal Baptist' toa 'nominal Hindu' in a few weeks time. Both sets of parents are devout, and it has ben a good challenge and privilege working with this couple to devlop a rite that will be inclusive without losing its authenticity and Christian distinctiveness.

In the end, I'm using a couple of (shh, don't tell anyone) Hindu prayers and a 'handfasting' rite as well as some more 'traditional' elements. The couple eventually chose 'O Perfect Love' as a hymn - actually a good one for such an occasion because it is linguistically 'neutral' but utterly 'traditional churchy.'

The reading they've chosen is 1 Cor 13 (yawn) and they have a mushy poem; we have Asian and British readers and a totally Hollywood ending where the congregation leave first and gather to greet the couple outside the (borrowed) chapel. The whole thing is a fairly low budget wedding, but promises to be the celebration of a relationship that has already survived many challenges.

It has been a good challenge working out how to keep this Christian enough for me but with an edge of missional inclusivity.

I'll let you know how it goes.