Cast back your mind, to dim and distant memories
Upon this day, but forty years ago,
You stood and pledged to God to live together
As one in love, through every high and low.
Look back and see, in every stormy winter,
And in the warming glow of summer sun,
The Lord has kept you through each type of weather
Committed to complete that journey you'd begun.
His goodness holding you through every hardship,
Amid the trials and tempests of this life.
And by His grace you stand before us here today
Serving His church, as one, husband and wife.
Enjoy the blessings he has poured upon you,
Each child and grandchild is a gift of love.
Tell them the joys that come from God their Father
And point their hearts and minds towards their King above.
Our prayer for you, today and in the coming years:
May God the Father hold you in His hand,
The love of Christ sustain you as you make Him known,
The Spirit lead you on to understand
The depth of love that God has poured upon you,
The riches we inherit through His loss.
The hope and pow'r to which you have been called above.
All these gifts given through the mercy of the cross.
James Hughes (April 2015)
Tune - Londonderry Air (Traditional Irish Melody)
Still awaiting tune from Tim Hodgins