Weddings are beautiful, holy celebrations of two people and two families becoming one, joined together in Christ forever. Families and friends gather to celebrate, pastors and loved ones share encouraging and inspiring words, meals are shared and bread is broken, and love is honored above all.
"God set forth his plan for marriage in Scripture," author Catherine Strode Parks said in her book A Christ-Centered Wedding: Rejoicing in the Gospel on Your Big Day, and weddings can reflect what he designed marriage to reflect - the beauty of Christ's love for his bride, the church.
Parks and her mother Linda Strode recognize there are two occasions in most lives that give believers an opportunity to publicly share the Gospel with their friends and family: weddings and funerals. And only one happens while the believer is there to participate, explains Erin Roach. By valuing the Bible more than bridal magazines, believers can use their special day as an occasion for more than an elegant party and warm memories, she says.
"We are made to worship the Creator, not his creations," Parks and Strode write. "And so our desire must be for our Creator to receive the glory in our weddings as we present the Gospel for all to see."
Here are 10 beautiful Christian songs that will help you turn your wedding into worship: