657 - O God, From Whom Mankind

O God from whom mankind derives
its name;
Whose covenant of grace remains the same
Be with these two who before You wait;
Enlarge the love they come to consecrate.

May through their union other lives
be blessed;
Their door be wide to strange and to guest,
Give them the understanding that
is kind,
Grant them the blessing of an open mind.

Preserve their days from inwardness
of heart;
To each the gift of truthful speech impart.
Their bond be strong against all strain and strife
Amid the changes of this earthly life.

From stage to stage on life’s unfolding way
Bring to their mind the vows they make this day,
Your Spirit be their Guide in every move,
Their faith in Christ the basis of their love.