Yesterday marked a personal first - I performed my first wedding ceremony. One of Jamie's students, and the daughter of her best friend, had requested that I officiate her wedding. She made the request over a year ago, while we still lived in Texas. I was to officiate, Avalyn was to be the flower girl, and Jude was to carry a sign. Much has changed over this past year, but this request remained, only Jude got upgraded to ring bearer.
It is for this reason I recently got ordained by the Universal Life Church. Non-denominational online church primarily designed for ordaining wedding officiants. Ideally, I would have found a way to be ordained through our denomination. I have been ordained as a deacon a couple of churches ago, and have filled in giving a message a couple of times, but am not ordained as a minister. This at least got me legal as an officiant.
Last night was a beautiful ceremony. For my part, I was short and sweet, keeping my thoughts/message very brief, and moving right into the vital parts of the ceremony. Having Jude and Avalyn a part of the ceremony made it an even more special night for our family.
I don't know when I'll ever put this to use again. I don't see when I'll be asked, especially with the now near 12 hour distance between us and most family and friends. But for a once in a lifetime opportunity, it was pretty special.
Congratulations John and Ashlyn! Many blessings on you as you continue forward in your marriage!