...in the bond of marriage
One and one makes one forever.
Joined in love by God’s own hand.
(excerpt from a song by Butch G. Wipf, Decker Colony)
The ceremony took place shortly after. The teaching was from Ephesians 5:22-33. For the entire service the bride and groom sit with the others in attendance, women and men on separate sides. However, there are two pews reserved; one for the bride, her sisters and other relatives, and the same for the groom, his bothers… directly across the aisle from her. One of the main messages was: to ensure ‘till death do us part’, its integral to have Christ as the centre of a marriage. After the sermon the bridal pair is asked to come to the front for the wedding vows and to have their marriage blessed:
Finally, we together with the whole church wish you from the Almighty, eternal God – yes, from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, his blessing and benediction. May He himself join you together and fulfill His blessing in you, that you may dwell together as an upright and godly married couple, and live together peacefully and serve God as long as you live. That we wish you once more from God, through Jesus Christ, Amen
The noon meal consisted of noodle soup, beef, steamed vegetables, a salad plate and cream cheese dessert. The meals and snacks at a Hutterite wedding day are prepared by the women of the host colony and served by ‘die Buebm’ the young men. These same Buebm help the women with clean up after the meal.