29. God, in Joy We Gather

God, in joy we gather, giving thanks for marriage,
Witnessing the love between this woman and this man.
We with prayers surround them, asking now your blessing:
Strengthen their love, Lord, by your loving hand.

Christ, you blessed a wedding when you went to Cana;
Through your sacrificial love you show us how to live.
Look upon this couple, deepen their commitments;
As you forgive us, teach them to forgive.

Fill them with your Spirit, give them gifts for living:
Faith, so they will trust you as their strength in all they do,
Hope, for you walk with them in their life together,
Love for each other, love for serving you.

Text Information
First Line: God, in joy we gather, giving thanks for marriage
Title: God, in Joy We Gather
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Publication Date: 1998
Scripture: Matthew 6:12; John 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 13
Topic: Families and Marriage; Wedding
Language: English
Notes: A Wedding Hymn
Copyright: Copyright © 1998 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved
Tune Information
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1861)
Composer (Descant): David McKinley Williams (1948)
Key: D Major

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