Emily & Dhan Ekanayake | Ceremony Film

Emily & Dhan Ekanayake | Ceremony Film

who gives this woman to be married to this man you all may be seated we want to welcome everyone here but we especially want to take a few moments right now to welcome our guest of honor and our guest of honor today is the holy spirit where two or three are gathered in his name he is there also and so as we just take a moment to reflect and to worship i just would invite you to become more aware of his presence in this ceremony [Music] your prayers [Music] becomes free [Music] your presence [Music] spirit you are welcome [Music] come flood this place [Music] by your presence of your [Music] of your presence glory of your goodness this place until beyond is [Music] let’s take a moment let’s pray together heavenly father we just welcome you into this ceremony the joining together of two lives father i believe that you’re establishing legacy today i believe god that you are going to use this marriage to touch and heal many people’s lives as they draw strength from this union father we just thank you that as we’re faithful to worship you and build marriages upon this solid rock that nothing or no one can tear us under what you join together and lord i just thank you that you created marriage and so father we offer this marriage we offer these lives to you today through this ceremony and we just thank you father in advance for all the testimonies all the miracles all the salvations everything that’s connected to these two lives coming together to become one to reveal your love and your heart to the world and everybody said amen amen amen i’m going to read from first corinthians chapter 13 verses 4 through 8. but you know as i just watched the bride and the groom worship how many of you agree that especially in the times that we’re living today it’s so important to have your faith in jesus christ and it’s such a beautiful thing to see that you that union first corinthians chapter 13 says love is patient and kind love does not envy or boast it’s not arrogant or rude it does not insist on its own way it is not irritable or resentful it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth love bears all things believes all things hopes all things endures all things love never ends as for prophecies they will pass away as for tongues they will cease as for knowledge it will pass away but love is forever we’ve come here today in the presence of god to witness and bless the joining together of dan and emily in holy matrimony to be fully seen by somebody then and be loved anyhow this is a human offering that can border on miraculous over the last few years meeting courting engagement and then here today in wisconsin it is safe to say that they have weathered many storms including a global pandemic so here celebrating what is truthfully going to be the happiest day of your life in the middle of this pandemic it’s true that love really does conquer all you’re proving it right now what makes a relationship truly miraculous is the decision to say yes to conquer all the ups and downs of life every single day and you do that together when it’s good we’ll be together when it’s hard we’ll be together in sickness we’ll be together and health will be together and you guys made it today here together i’m going to be declaring many scriptures during this ceremony and i believe that something spiritual and something supernatural happens when we read god’s word so i want all of you to meditate on the words that i’m reading today in ephesians chapter 4 verses 1-3 it says therefore i a prisoner for serving the lord beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling for you have been called by god always be humble and gentle be patient with each other making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love make every effort to keep yourselves united in the spirit binding yourselves together with peace dan and emily’s relationship i believe exemplifies this scripture and it’s here on display for us today you see how the wind picked up right on time i told you something supernatural happens [Laughter] he’s blowing my words right into your ears right now the union of wife and husband and heart body and mind is intended by god for their mutual joy for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity and their nurture in the knowledge and love of god therefore marriage is not to be entered into lightly but reverently deliberately and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by god into this holy union emily and dan now come to be joined at this portion in this ceremony we’re going to actually have the bride and groom do communion and i just want to explain to everybody here that communion is a very special thing because it represents christ breaking his body and as his body was broken it became our healing as his blood was poured from the cross on calvary it was for the forgiveness of all sins forever for those who would receive it just one drop of that blood was enough for every sin you’ve ever committed just one drop of that blood i believe can even heal physical conditions and so as they do communion today know that as husband and wife you both are going to physically break your body in service of each other to say i’m here to give all that i have when i’m tired when i’m exhausted i’m still going to give just as christ gave on the cross and even as blood is being spilled to say i’m willing to pay any price for unity so that we can be one and so i just want to invite you to come over here and partake of communion together dan i want you to start by offering your bride the bread that represents the body of christ being broken the bible says by his stripes we are healed there’s something about sacrifice there’s something about brokenness we bring brokenness into marriage no no perfect people have ever been married before but it’s through your brokenness that christ reveals his love and that you serve each other i believe as the years go on you’re going to see god’s plan for your marriage even in the areas the brokenness that you bring into this marriage today that each of you have the answer to each other’s brokenness through christ the words that you’re going to speak to each other words of healing the prayers that you’re going to pray over each other through every season and i believe that before you were even in your mother’s womb he placed the words for each other inside of each other hidden for different seasons for different decades that are yet to come and so as you partake of this bread just know your healing physically has been secured for your life your your healing emotionally and in your mind has been secured through every era so i just want to begin to pray you have the communion juice that represents the blood of jesus and so let’s start with the bread and i’m just going to begin to pray father we thank you that by your stripes we are healed we thank you that through this marriage there is going to be such a healing and such a restoration that’s seen and father as they take this bread and they take this jews father it represents your blood represents your body and it represents the healing and the forgiveness father that they’re going to carry in them a forgiveness that they’re going to continue to forgive each other year over year that they’re going to be quick to forgive and not hold a grudge and that turns into bitterness but they’re going to release it and they’re going to forgive each other as they have been forgiven by you and so let us take of the bread now thank you father you can take of the juice now dan if you want to lead your bride back to the you know sooner or later we begin to understand that love has to be more than versus on a valentine’s or romance that we see in popular movies the world takes us to this silver screen and we have these catchy romantic lines and these sweet cinematic kisses but the truest picture love was captured with jesus on the cross and emily and dan they know the truest love which brought them here together by divine appointment and this marriage today is the picture of christ himself who lays down his life for his church as we stand witness to their union today we see that on display so let us not forget where this love originated where it will actually draw strength to endure and will where it will empower them to even put it on display for the whole world today marks a new beginning which emily and dan serves as a public affirmation of their love there are no vows so solemn as those that you’re about to take there’s no institution on earth so sacred as the union that you’re now going to form and so i want to charge you as you’re holding hands face to face if there’s any married couples here that would like to take this as opportunity to renew your love and devotion to your spouse i would encourage you to reach out and grab their hand even during this portion of the service now i want to charge you that hand in hand you enter into marriage hand in hand you step out in faith the hand you freely give to each other is both the strongest and most tender part of your body and the years ahead you will need both strength and tenderness be firm in your commitment don’t let your grip become weak and yet be flexible as you go through life together don’t let your hold become intolerable strength and tenderness firm commitment and flexibility of such as a marriage truly made it’s hand in hand also remember that you don’t walk this path alone don’t be afraid to reach out to others when together you face difficulty other hands are there friends family and the church many who are represented here reach out to accept an outreached hand is not an omission of failure but an act of faith for before us underneath us around us are the outstretched arms of the lord it is into his hand the hands of god in jesus christ that above all else we commit this union of husband and wife so right now i ask that the bride and groom as you guys are just holding each other’s hands that you would repeat these vows so dan do you take emily to be your wife do you promise to love honor cherish and protect protect her forsaking all others and holding only to her forevermore i do with all my heart emily do you take dan to be your husband do you promise to love honor cherish and protect him forsaking all others and holding only to him forevermore dan and emily have actually made a decision a bold one to exchange their own vows as well and so dan is going to go first my love ah god has been so so so good to us so on the 8th of february 2020 i got a message on facebook and this is what he read hey dan how are you i know this may be random as we only really see one another at church and have barely spoken but i’m always fascinated by all your posts because you are everywhere what do you do for work that allows you to travel so much and yet you’re still in service i’m so happy my love that you sent me this message because i know that i never said hello i just i was i don’t know maybe shy i guess i didn’t have the balls i don’t know probably i didn’t have the balls [Laughter] but finally on the 16th of march 2020 i came around and i finally found my balls to ask you for coffee and soon after the whole wall shut down coffee plans all of it gone but we still decided to go on a walk and just take a sunset walk and be friends my love the whole world had to shut down for god to bring us together for what the enemy used for evil god used it for his glory i say this very humbly but one man’s plague is another man’s wonder out of a plague the god almighty brought me my biggest wonder that will you’ll ever he’ll forever be my wonder bebsie i have grown more in the one and a half years than my entire existence of 32 years on this earth you make me the best man i could be for you and for everybody else since you came into my life you have unlocked my destiny and i walk in my god-given purpose now today is the day of prophecy fulfillment a prophecy that was released in 2015 you are the proof of god’s faithfulness to his word a couple of years ago i was praying to the lord this is funny for a girl from the country who has to be blonde or brown and had to have blue eyes and be on fire for the lord but he expect exceeded my expectation by bringing you to me and that prayer has led us to this moment right now 8927 miles that’s how far away i was born after traveling to 50 countries and living in four cities in three different countries i’m standing right in front of my destiny right now and now i have truly found home you are the sweetest testament of god’s love and his faithfulness in my life lord help me this moment is the moment where i’m called up much like moses before the burning bush the great iam called him to lead serve and love moses trembled at the challenge moses in his mind was a murderous runaway with a stutter now can he be a man who leads now i too stand in the presence of god and the whole of heaven called to lead love and serve while i’m no murderer i have done my share sheriff running away i recklessly put my desires in front of my in in front of me and chose to be a boy instead of a man all that changed when god brought you into my life i went from being a boy to a man i went from being a moses to a joshua i know you and i together like joshua we will possess the promised land the land flowing with milk and honey you as an apostle and i as a prophet bebsie i cannot believe that this day is this day days here my prayer for today and always is that god will be glorified from day one we’ve always said that this is all about him and that we’re merely vessels for his use i pray that that will always be the heart of our marriage today is the beginning of a new chapter the greatest chapter of the story where east collided with the west at the crossroads of the world bubsy apart from salvation you are the greatest gift i’ve ever received until we have little babies i enter this covenant by saying it’s not about myself or you or even us together but it’s about christ alone husbands love your wives just as christ loved the church and gave himself up for her ephesians 5 25 so i vow to surrender my own desires and flesh so that i can fiercely and unconditionally love you according to ephesians 6 10 i promise to help you dress with the full armor of god every day i don’t know what the future holds the future of the world and i believe that we truly are living in the end times but i promise to lead us to the battlefield of winning souls and fighting alongside for the children of god just as 1 john 3 16 jesus christ lord laid his life down for us and i promise to lay down my life for you i promise to act as a mirror and reflect your god-given greatness and cherish that greatness even in areas where you outshine me i will still act as a mirror and reflect that light to the world because at the end betsy a win for you is a win for me and at the end that’s a win for the kingdom i promise to look you in the eyes with the lens of christ with grace love and compassion i promise to love to bring joy to create peace have patience show kindness bring goodness be faithful and gentle and exercise self-control at all times with you and i promise to embody 1 corinthians 13 4. i promise to be the match that ignites the fire for the lord and the flame to keep it ablaze i devote myself to serving you and christ i commit to be one with you so that christ would be exalted i promise to help you pursue the plans god has for you to honor our parents to be the best dad to our little babsies i promise to be the leader of our household as i’m led by christ to serve you and our family to the best of my ability i promise to chase after christ first and the d and to daily remind you of the beauty of the gospel of christ i promise to love you on the best day and the worst of days i promise to be quick to listen slow to speak even though you speak a million words when i speak one sometimes it’s difficult to shut you up baby but i’ll listen i promise to stand beside you even when you become a billionaire mother teresa to travel the world take the gospel of peace to the ends of the earth to touch and change millions and millions of lives i promise to stand beside you in our business endeavors to stand beside you when we take christ to kings and queens and presidents and prime ministers and billionaires and millionaires and even to the common i promise to stand beside you when we take christ to the nations and nations to christ i promise to stand beside you to disciple whom those we are given and i take you to be my wife as long as we both shall live we will worship a highly exalted king jesus and we will worship and declare the finished works of the cross to the nations and i love you so so much so beautiful emily wow do i need to say anything i definitely listened in this time she surely did dan i stand before you in front of our friends family and most importantly jesus our heavenly father as i share my promise to you today marks a day of celebration not just of coming together as one but who we have come to get to this moment it has been a journey of failures not only in relationships but of life cycles that instead of covering my wounds with counterfeit peace was ripping the band-aid off and surrendering my life to jesus the difference from who i was to who i am today is him and in that total surrender he brought me you i have seen jesus in you and through you your gentleness calm spirit and patience your love encouragement and faithfulness you are a man that embodies not just for first corinthians 13 but you embody the fruits of the spirit from galatians 5 17. i promise to love you with all my heart not just in being your personal head scratcher but with your truth and correction in the word i promise to find the joy in good times and bad even when facing the lion’s den of life and raising our future children aka our little bedsies i promise to be kind to your needs thoughts words and emotions i promise to hold self-control to the words i say to you when we have a disagreement for the power of life and death is in the tongue i promise to find peace even in the storms just as jesus slept on the boat at sea with his disciples i promise to be good to you and respect your needs like buying you jumbo marshmallows and cooking chicken curry i love marshmallows by the way that’s my snack i promise to have faith because perfect love casts out all fear and where there is fear there is no faith i promise to be gentle with your heart to protect it and keep it whole i promise to have patience to listen and give you space when you need even if that means me not saying anything i promise to grow and fruits of the spirit i’m working on it i promise to grow in the fruits of the spirit to be all that i can be for you to serve honor and respect you i promise to be the best mother to our children i promise to be the comfort to your discomfort the joy to your pain just as jesus is for me the celebration to your victories just as jesus is for me your friend because jesus is my friend your guide because he’s my guide jesus will always be my first true love without him we have nothing without him no no glue to hold us together for true love conquers all to love you is more than just the flowers in life it’s a daily choice and this choice i choose i promise these things to you and give you permission to hold me accountable as we leave this day not as two but one where we will build god’s kingdom together this day starts a new chapter for us and our future family and our current i love you you are my best friend i vow to you these words from my heart to yours much love your betsy well dan and emily have put together such an incredible time and and just just such a physical presence of god during this ceremony and one of the things that’s important to them is that they grow in service to each other and you know marriage is two servants in love in a ruthless competition for a lifetime who can out serve the other one and when that’s your definition of marriage your marriage will remain two servants trying to out serve each other they’re going to actually take a moment right now to demonstrate that in the same way that jesus did for his disciples to actually wash their feet and so we have an opportunity here to start with a symbolic gesture of what it means to serve serve in a way that’s very unusual but very powerful in jesus time people would walk throughout the towns and the cities and they would accumulate the dirt and the filth of the day and so to wash someone’s feet was to actually remove all the debris and all of the difficulty that accumulated from their day as they were traveling jesus did this with his disciples to show that let the greatest among you be a servant and to truly be the lead is to be the one that serves the greatest and so dan has chosen to wash emily’s feet to show that to to truly lead in marriage is to truly serve it’s such a beautiful picture and such a wonderful way to start their marriage today so what i love most about washing feet is that we always think that we have to clean ourselves up before we come to jesus but jesus says come as you are and i’ll make you clean i think in marriage you know when you’re dating it’s all about getting your makeup right getting your clone on trying to present the best version of yourself but in marriage it’s just bringing who you are and what you are through every season and saying that’s okay i accept you and love you as you are no [Laughter] just do one baby yeah that’s fine just one’s good it takes such a high degree of humility to be married and to stay married you know sometimes our pride rises up we think we’re right but there’s something about even watching this symbol on display that is just such a picture of humility good job [Laughter] that was not as easy as we thought and so for all of the friends and family and witnesses here today if you’ve stopped holding your spouse’s hand i would encourage you to grab their hand again and as they say these vows for the very first time i want you to think about the time that you made these vows in the covenant that you made and together as a family we’re gonna share this experience and so you guys can hold hands dan i want you to repeat this after me i dan hi dan take you emily take you emily to be my wife to be my wife knowing in my heart knowing in my heart that you will be my constant friend you will be my constant friend you will be my faithful partner in life you will be my faithful partner in life and my one true love and my one true love on this special day on this special day i affirm to you i affirm to you in the presence of god and these witnesses and the presence of god and these witnesses my sacred promise to stay by your side my sacred promise to stay by your side as your faithful husband as your faithful husband for better or worse for better or worse for richer or poorer for richer or poorer in sickness and health and in sickness and in health and forsaking all others and forsaking all others for as long as we both shall live for as long as we shall live i further promise i further promise to love you without reservation to love you without reservation honor and respect you honor and respect you provide for your needs as best i can provide for your needs as best i can protect you from harm protect you from harm comfort you in times of distress comfort you in times of distress grow with you in mind and spirit grow with you in mind and spirit always be open and honest with you always be open and honest with you and cherish you for as both as we both shall live and cherish you as both as as long as we both live good jobs [Laughter] emily will you repeat this after me hi emily hi emily take you dan take you dan to be my husband to be my husband secure in the knowledge secure in the knowledge that you will be my constant friend that you will be my constant friend my faithful partner in life my faithful partner in life and my one true love and my one true love on this special day on this special day i affirm to you i affirm to you in the presence of god and these witnesses in the presence of god and these witnesses my sacred promise to stay by your side my sacred promise to stay by your side as your faithful wife as your faithful wife for better or worse or better or worse for richer or poorer for richer in sickness and health in sickness and health and forsaking all others and forsaking all others for as long as we both shall live for as long as we both shall live i further promise i further promise to love you without reservation to love you without reservation to comfort you in times of distress to comfort you in times of distress encourage you to achieve your goals do you encourage you to achieve your goals laugh with you and cry with you laugh with you and cry with you grow with you in mind and spirit grow with you in mind and spirit always be open and honest with you always be open and honest with you and cherish you for as long as we both shall live and cherish you for as long as we both shall live the wedding ring is a symbol of eternity it’s an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts and endless love and now as a token of your love and your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul we’re going to do the ring part of the ceremony so we’re going to start with dan so dan you may place the ring on the finger of your bride and i want you to repeat this after me emily i give you this ring emily i give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you and now for dan’s ring oh you have it i have it emily you may place a ring on the finger of your groom repeat after me dan i give you this ring dan i give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you dan and emily the two of you have come into this marriage uniting as husband and wife and as this day you affirm your faith and love for one another i would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals that you respect the thoughts ideas and suggestions of one another be able to forgive do not hold grudges and live each day that you may share it together as from this day forward you shall be each other’s home each other’s comfort and refuge your marriage strengthened by your love and respect in ecclesiastes chapter 4 verse 9 through 12 it reads two are better than one because they have a good return for their work if one falls down his friend can help him up but pity the man who falls and no one is there to help him up also if two lie down together they will keep warm but how can one keep warm alone though one may be overpowered two can quickly defend themselves a cord of three strands is not evil easily broken dan and emily as the two of you have agreed to live together in matrimony have promised your love for each other by these vows the giving and exchanging of rings and the joining of your hands i declare you husband and wife let’s just pray one last time so heavenly father we thank you for this marriage as there’s been an exchange of vows there’s a covenant that’s been established and father through this covenant there’s going to be such a degree of your power that’s put on display through this covenant god there’s going to be many that draw strength lord the through the love that’s going to carry them through every day and every season of their life a love that breaks every single chain of bondage a love that vanquishes evil in every region that their feet find that that that lord they’re going to take territories together even as they go into different cities different towns and countries god lord that they would just establish your love and father that there would be so many people that say they are thankful for today and we thank you for it everybody said amen congratulations it’s [Applause] i present to you for the very first time mr and this is come on let’s celebrate [Applause] we waited for a long time for this [Music] hey thank you all right [Music] it’s okay your teeth are bleeding oh i need some water
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