Vows

 
 
 
 
 

David Kitani, the groom:

As I await the future resurrection and glorification of the body

I must, due to my present frailties, weaknesses, and continued sinfulness

Not only say, and not only promise, but rather, I must vow to you

Before friends, family, God, and government,

Those things which apart from the grace of God I cannot fulfill.


As Christ loves His church sacrificially

    so I vow to sacrifice all for your sake save Christ

As Christ loves His church supremely

    so I vow to ever delight in only you next to Christ

As Christ loves His church eternally

    so I vow to love you until my dying day

As Christ provides for His church

    so I vow to provide for you

As Christ sanctifies His church

    so I vow to lead you in holiness

As Christ cherishes His church

    so I vow to esteem you my greatest treasure next to Christ

As Christ leads His church

    so I vow to lead you in accordance to the holy commandments

    of our God and King

As Christ serves His church

    so I vow to serve you with all humility and patience


And just as Christ has promised

Never to leave or forsake His church

So I vow to never depart from or abandon you,

       For richer or for poorer

       In sickness and in health

       For better or for worse

       Until death do us part


By my love, I hope to prepare you

For the One whose love

I can only but hope to faintly imitate

—the Lord Jesus Christ.



Ji Son, the bride:

As I await the future resurrection and glorification of the body

I must, due to my present frailties, weaknesses, and continued sinfulness

Not only say, and not only promise, but rather, I must vow to you

Before friends, family, God, and government,

Those things which apart from the grace of God I cannot fulfill.


As the church loves Christ sacrificially

    so I vow to sacrifice all for your sake save Christ

As the church loves Christ supremely

    so I vow to ever delight in only you next to Christ

As the church loves Christ eternally

    so I vow to love you until my dying day

As the church cherishes Christ

    so I vow to esteem you my greatest treasure next to Christ

As the church submits to Christ

    so I vow to submit to you

As the church represents Christ

    so I vow to represent you with all dignity and honor

As the church obeys Christ

    so I vow to respectfully obey you

As the church serves Christ

    so I vow to serve you with all humility and patience


And just as the church

Will forever remain the bride of Christ

So I vow to never depart from or abandon you,

For richer or for poorer

       In sickness and in health

       For better or for worse

       Until death do us part


By my love, I hope to prepare you

For the One whose love

I can only but hope to faintly imitate

—the Lord Jesus Christ.

Vows

We love these vows.  They are not about our love.  They are about His.