Shannon and Cole
21 June 2003

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Alleluia by Randall Thompson

Sappho�s Invocation of Aphrodite read by Kal:

"Aphrodite of the Flowers at Knossos Coming Down from Heaven�s Mountain
Leave Crete and come to this holy temple Where your graceful grove of apple trees Circles an altar smoking with incense. Here ice water babbles through the apple branches and roses leave shadow on the ground and bright shaking leaves pour down profound sleep. In our meadows where the horses graze amid wild blossoms of the spring and anise shoots fill soft winds with aroma of honey; Love goddess, pour heaven�s nectar carefully into gold wineglasses and mingle our celebration with sudden joy."

Selections from Ruth 1 read by Karen:

Ruth 1:8-19   After the deaths of her sons Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go back each of you to your mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.   The LORD grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of a new husband." Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud.   They said to her, "No, we will return with you to your people."   But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands?   Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the LORD has turned against me."  Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.  So she said, "See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law."   But Ruth said, "Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.   Where you die, I will die-- there will I be buried. May the LORD curse me, if even death parts me from you!"  When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.  So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem.

Monica and Sasha

Sasha and Melanie:  Shannon and Cole: Do you promise to keep each other in sickness and health, for richer and for poorer?
Shannon and Cole: We do.
Dan and Jess:  Do you promise to love each other in word and in action?
Shannon and Cole: We do.
Karen:  Do you promise to celebrate each other�s joys and comfort each other�s sorrows?
Shannon and Cole: We do.
Nancy: Do you promise to show each other faith and give each other trust throughout your lives?
Shannon and Cole: We do.
Kal:  Do you promise to honor one another in mind, body and spirit?
Shannon and Cole: We do.
Aviva: Do you promise to help nurture future generations and work to make the world a better place for them?
Shannon and Cole: We do.
Everyone Please Stand as Able
Ron:  Will all you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold Cole and Shannon in their life together?
All Present:  We will.

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