Order of Service for Lady Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at St Michael’s Church, Alnwick.
I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
Attributed to Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
MUSIC BEFORE THE SERVICE
Salut d’amour – Sir Edward Elgar
Grand March, from Tannhauser – Richard Wagner
Allegro, from Organ Concerto in F
(The Cuckoo and Nightingale) – George Frideric Handel
Entr’acte, from Carmen – Georges Bizet
Sheep May Safely Graze
Cantata BWV 208 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Bridal March from The Birds – Sir Hubert Parry
AS THE BRIDE ARRIVES AT THE CHURCH
Prelude to Te Deum – Marc-Antoine Charpentier
AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE BRIDE
Grand March from Aida – Giuseppe Verdi
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
The Reverend Paul Scott, Vicar of Alnwick
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord:
Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
Tender to me the promise of his word;
In God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name:
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
His holy name, the Lord, the Mighty One.
Tell out my soul, the greatness of his might;
Powers and dominions lay their glory by;
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word:
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
To children’s children and for evermore.
Music: Woodlands – Walter Greatorex
Words: Tim Dudley-Smith
The Right Reverend Martin Wharton, Lord Bishop of Newcastle.
Will you, the families and friends of Thomas and Melissa, support and uphold them in their marriage now and in the years to come?
Congregation response: We will.
Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7
My beloved speaks and says to me:
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death,
passion fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
a raging flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If one offered for love
all the wealth of one’s house,
it would be utterly scorned.
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all job,
Whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.
Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, who presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
Music: Slane - trad Irish
Words – Jan Struther
The Owl and the Pussy-cat
Charlie van Straubenzee
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!
Pussy said to the Owl, You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bond-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring? Said the Piggy, I will.
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
The Right Reverend Martin Wharton, Lord Bishop of Newcastle
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed by 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.
Make of our hands one hand,
Make of our hearts one heart,
Make of our vows one last vow
Only death will part us now,
Make of our lives one life
Day after day one life.
Now it begins, now we start;
One hand, one heart,
Even death won’t part us now.
SIGNING OF THE REGISTER
Laudate Dominum, from Vesperae solemnes de confessore KV 339 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Va pensiero, from Nabucco – Giuseppe Verdi
Trumpet Voluntary, Op 6 No 5 – John Stanley
Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them All – traditional Northumbrian
Gloria in excelsis Deo, from Gloria, RV 589 – Antonio Vivaldi
Excerpt from Symphony No 3 in C minor – Camille Saint-Saens
The L’Inviti Singers and the L’Inviti Brass Quartet
Organist – Stephan Farr
Director of Music – David Guest
Piper to the Duke of Northumberland – Richard Butler
From this dayforward
You shall not walk alone
My heart will be your shelter
And my arms will be your home.
It is more fun to talk with someone
who doesn’t use big words, difficult words
But rather short, easy words like
What about lunch?
AA Milne, Winnie-the-Poo