Emily Elling marries Phil Bennett
Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:08 pm
The bride is the daughter of Michael and Monica Elling of Sharon. The groom is the son of Phillip and Gina Bennett of Clinton, Ind.
Thomas McWilliams, deacon of Faith Lutheran Church of Union City, officiated the ceremony.
Evelyn Richardson, of Rockford, Ill., served as maid of honor, while Dana Kowalski of Brownstown, Mich., was the bridesmaid.
The groom’s brothers, Michael Bennett, and Mathew Bennett of Clinton served as best man and groomsman, respectively. John Michael Banik, nephew of the bride, served as ring bearer. He is the son of John and Cherita Banik of Coldwater, Miss.
The choir sang “I Will Be There,” as the groom’s family were escorted in to the church, followed by the bride’s family members.
Escorted by her father, the bride entered through a decorated spring trellis at the entrance to the sanctuary to the fanfare of “The Wedding March.”
The service began with the invocation recalling that Jesus of Nazareth performed his first miracle at a village wedding feast at Cana, in the Galilee. This was to show how important that marriage is to all people. All present were asked to keep this marriage in their hearts and prayers and to ask for the blessing of God. The Old Testament lesson was from the Book of Genesis, with excepts from verse 7 and verses 18-24, defining why God created woman: to be a suitable helper for Adam. The second reading was from St. Paul’s letter to the Christian Church of Ephesus, demonstrating how similar the relationship of man and wife is to Jesus and his Church. The gospel lesson was from the Book of Matthew 19:4-6, defining that a man and woman must leave their families and unite to become one flesh. The hymn, “Christ Be My Leader,” reflected the message of the sermon that Christ is sufficient to be an example of a successful marriage. The bride and groom then stood before the altar and answered traditional questions, heard the verbal consent to the wedding by both families and exchanged their vows.
The congregation and guests sang “Go My Children with My Blessing,” prior to the bridal party exiting the sanctuary and retiring in the fellowship hall for refreshment. wcp 7/29/10