One of the lovely things about planning a wedding is choosing readings and music and hymns together. When it comes to readings though everyone one is different. Some people say that they would like to find a reading that isn’t well used – they want something different; others feel that they want to use readings from other family weddings. One size never fits all.
When it comes to bible readings its always worth looking at a few different translations of the same passage however. We are so fortunate these days to have so many versions of the bible.
One of my favourites for occasions like weddings and christenings is The Message Bible. Written in a more contemporary style it can make a traditional reading almost leap off the page in terms of its meaning.
Just to give one example; I Corinthians 13 (a very popular wedding reading) in the Message Bible looks like this:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first”,
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything, Trust God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
You can find many different versions of the bible at www.biblegateway.com
Just type in the verses you want and it will do the rest. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find!
And if you are choosing readings and want some help, there is always the www.mychurchwedding.org.uk website.
And of course all our clergy are willing to help too. Just pop in to a service, or into the ‘office’ on a Tuesday evening.