Much of the text here is from
Common Order: Church of Scotland Panel on Worship

Order of service
for the marriage of
Joscelin Harden
Craig Cockburn


The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
by G.F.Handel

Hymn 360
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour,
To his fathers in distress;
Praise him, still the same for ever,
Slow to chide and quick to bless:
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like he tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame he knows;
In his hands he gently bears us;
Rescues us from all our foes;
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Widely as his mercy flows.

Frail as summer’s flower we flourish;
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But, while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on:
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the high eternal One.

Angels, help us to adore him;
Ye behold him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before him;
Dwellers all in time and space.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace.

The Christian Understanding Of Marriage


Gracious God,
We give you thanks and praise
for all your gifts of goodness and grace.
We praise you for your gift of love,
uniting our families,
blessing our lives,
enfolding us all our days.

Especially we thank you
for the love which dwells and grows
in the hearts of Joscelin and Craig
and for the happiness and trust
that has led them here.

As they seek now in marriage
to confirm that happiness and deepen that trust,
may your spirit of love
sanctify their joy and enrich their love.

Guide them by your grace,
surround them with your presence,
and keep them in your love;
through Christ Jesus our Lord.


marriage vows

The Giving Of The Rings

The Blessing

Reading From The Scriptures

Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13
Love is patient and kind. Love envies no one, is never boastful,
never conceited, never rude, love is never selfish, never quick
to take offence. Love keeps no score of wrongs, takes no
pleasure in the sins of others, but delights in the truth.
There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit
to its faith, its hope, its endurance. Love will
never come to an end.
There are three things that last for ever:
faith, hope, and love;
and the greatest
of the three

Philippians 1: 9-11
And this is my prayer, that your love may grow ever richer
in knowledge and insight of every kind, enabling you to
learn by experience what things really matter. Then on the
day of Christ, you will be flawless and without blame,
yielding the full harvest of righteousness that
comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory
and praise of God.

St John 15: 9-12
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.
Dwell in my love. If you heed my commands,
you will dwell in my love, as I have
heeded my Father’s commands
and dwell in his love.

I have spoken thus to you, so that my joy may be
in you, and your joy complete.
This is my commandment:

‘Love one another, as I have loved you’


Gracious God, for the promise, for the hope,
for the love of this day,
we praise you.

Bless Joscelin and Craig now with the strength of
your spirit, that they build a life of joy and
fulfilment on the foundations of
commitment and love.

Bless them with the gift and care of children,
that together they may grow to know
and love you in your son.

Bless their families and friends,
who have given their love and friendship
through the years.

In their marriage may they be sustained by the
love and support that now surrounds them.
May they always remain open hearted,
courageous, and strong.
Give to them generosity of spirit,
understanding of each other,
warm and loyal friendship.

Grant that they may go forward from this
day delighting in their love.
May their love grow,
and in time to come may it prove
to heal and to help,
to overcome difficulties,
and to bring reconciliation.

So may all see in them a symbol of your love,
from which nothing can separate us,
and which nothing can overcome.
Be with them now,
and remain with them,
for ever.


The Lord’s Prayer
(St Matthew 6:9-13)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth
as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who
trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil;
For thine is the Kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
For ever, and ever.


Hymn 9
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy only salvation;
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near,
Joining in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth;
Sheildeth thee gently from harm, or when fainting sustaineth;
Hast thou not seen, how thy heart’s wishes have been,
Granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who does prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend thee;
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
Who with his love doth befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the Amen sound from his people again:
Gladly for aye we adore him.


Signing Of The Register


An cluinn thu mi, mo nighean donn?
(Do you hear me, my brown haired girl?)
unknown history

Màiri Bhàn Òg
(Fair young Mary)
by Duncan Bàn MacIntyre, 1724-1812
Poet and songwriter from Argyll
buried in Greyfriars Kirk yard.


The Trumpet Voluntary
by Jeremia Clarke.