A Christian marriage ceremony may be ordered as a service
of worship before God. When it is, it should be conducted in
conformity with the Scriptural principles governing worship,
outlined elsewhere in this directory. As in all services
of worship, reverence shall be expected on the part of all
present. Any music included in the service must be fitting
and appropriate for a service of worship to God. When it is
conducted in the house of God, the service of worship shall
be under the authority of the minister and the session.
The order for a Christian marriage service of worship shall
include a brief statement of the Biblical meaning of marriage.
There shall be prayers for the couple as they enter their
new estate. The man and the woman shall make vows in
accordance with the Biblical teaching on marriage. There
may be an exchange of rings, or the giving of a ring to the
woman by the man. There may be a charge to them, laying
before them the privileges and obligations which they are
about to receive and undertake. There shall be a declaration
by the minister that the man and woman standing before
him are now joined in marriage according to the ordinance
of God and the law of the state. The service shall conclude
with a benediction.