Marriage and Community Participants Guide

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Record thoughts and questions here that come up as you watch the episode.  Explore them later with the group.




Discuss the Episode

1.Dan mentions that marriage reveals the heart of God.  Pleasure is His invention and He created us to enjoy intimate, sensual, and mutual relationship.  Have you ever thought of God or your marriage in those ways?  What gets in the way of thinking that way?

2.Dan and Tremper imply marriages benefit from strong communities and strong communities benefit from good marriages.  Can you describe examples of where you’ve seen this to be true?  Do you have a place where you can be real and vulnerable, able to tell the truth about your life, and allow others to speak into your life?

Resources for Further Growth

Dearly beloved: We have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony.  The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people.

The union of husband and wife in 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, when it is God’s will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord.  Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.
The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage, Book of Common Prayer

Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

People    We will.
The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage, Book of Common Prayer

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