Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Postmodern CofE weddings: "Just ask the church for what you want"


The recent statement from the House of Bishops has confirmed that - in accordance with Catholic doctrine and Church tradition - services of holy gay matrimony will not be performed in the Church of England. But that doesn't stop wedding ceremonies being thoroughly camp.

His Grace thought this website was a spoof - a rollicking send-up of the Church of England's endless capacity for irreverent travesty and self-parody. Alas, it is not: it is the Church's official website dedicated to making that special day really memorable, if not utterly peculiar. "We're here for you", they say:
Wherever and whenever you choose to get married, you make a public declaration of life-long commitment to love each other faithfully and take on a whole new legal status as husband and wife.
So you'd think there might be a degree of propriety in the solemnisation: couples are, after all, swearing sacred vows before witnesses and making oaths before God. It is a sacrament, and "every wedding is a 'royal' one". In addition to that, marriage "boosts happiness" and "provides more and better sex". It's even "good for your health and extends your life".

There is a page dedicated to the biblical foundation of the institution, but it is couched beneath "What's so special about marriage". In this vacuous, dumbed-down era of post-modern liturgical accommodation to every fad and fetish, "You can choose" exactly the type of service you want. All you have to do is ask the nice vicar:
Our advice would be if you’ve got a dream for your wedding, don’t be afraid to ask the Church what you can do. You might be surprised at the answer you get.
Surprised?

Not at all: there's very little that could surprise His Grace about the Church of England,

Derbyshire pub landlords Andy and Emma "wanted a fun wedding". So they asked for one:
They had many loyal pub customers and wanted them to be part of the celebrations too, so they decided to host a themed wedding at their pub which they based on the ‘wild west’.

By the time the wedding arrived, they had transformed their pub car park with a marquee, complete with wild west backdrop, hog roast, cactus table decorations and more than 400 guests in a vast array of cowboy and cowgirl costumes.

Before the party, Andy and Emma had married in a register office, and Emma said: “I wanted to give something back to all our wonderful customers, so we planned this party, but I also wanted my marriage to include a Vicar. It was second time around for both Andy and me and we wanted it to be right. The local Vicar was very supportive and encouraging to us and said he was able to do a type of service in the marquee.”

The service was based on a Thanksgiving for Marriage service in the book of Common Worship.

Our advice would be if you’ve got a dream for your wedding, don’t be afraid to ask the Church what you can do. You might be surprised at the answer you get.

The Vicar, the Revd Tim Sumpter, arrived at the marquee wearing Stetson, leather waistcoat and neck tie, along with his dog collar. The bride arrived shortly afterwards on horseback, in denim cut-off shorts, checked shirt and Stetson.

“Tim completely changed my view of the church,” said Emma. “He was modern and funny but still did a very special service for us. We sat on chairs throughout, and the vows had a contemporary feel. Tim had a bit of fun with us and brought out some ‘Pritt Stick’ in the service to ‘glue us together’. It was brilliant.”

Andy added: “Our wedding really gelled our community and afterwards we were inundated with calls from other couples who wanted to do similar things."
The Vicar brought out some Pritt Stick?

No, you moron: marriage is supposed to be Super Glue: God is the cyanoacrylate whose dense monomers can withstand the fiercest flashpoint and irrevocably bind anything together.

Andy's and Emma's account is © The Archbishops' Council, but His Grace would urge that august and spiritually discerning body to order an immediate review into the irreverent and facile content of this website instead of wasting time suing His Grace for breaching publication restrictions.

It is true, however, that Andy and Emma were married in a registry office and Rev'd Tim was presiding over a service of thanksgiving. But surely the Way-out-West fancy dress belongs in the registry office. And one wonders, amidst the stetsons, spurs and buffalo herding, whether Jesus got much of a look-in.

And it's not as though this buckaroo bride is a one-off on this website: here's the Rev'd Andy Davies getting into the spirit of a "biker wedding". Yup, whether it's bronco-busting or burning rubber, the jolly CofE has got the party theme for you.

His Grace is all for applying theology to cultural context and making ecclesiology comprehensible. It is good to question traditions, test ideas and challenge sentiment. But not at the expense of theological reality and divine presence. And certainly not to the detriment of matrimonial decorum, ecclesiological dignity, or the exacting quest for holiness.

62 Comments:

Blogger Paul Perrin said...

Christianities problem is its useless churches.

Islam grows strong because it doesn't rely on a central planning authority.

Noone has the power to destroy the elements of the religion because noone has been given that power.

Christians need to take back the bible and their faith from the usurping churchish organisations.

18 February 2014 at 09:29  
Blogger Albert said...

don’t be afraid to ask the Church what you can do. You might be surprised at the answer you get.

Yes, I'd say, having known a few prickly members of the clergy, depending on the clergyman and the nature of the request, you might be very surprised at the response.

Setting aside that point, the key issue here is that Christians are no longer willing to stand deserted with Christ crucified. So great is the fear of being deserted that Christianity is becoming trivialised by the very people who should be emphasising its sanctity. It's not a popularity contest.

18 February 2014 at 09:31  
Blogger Albert said...

Paul,

Islam grows strong because it doesn't rely on a central planning authority.

Do you know how many Catholics there are in the world, Paul?

18 February 2014 at 09:32  
Blogger Paul Perrin said...

Albert, how many cities have had their first catholic church built in the past decade? How many cities have had their first mosque built in the same period?

18 February 2014 at 10:00  
Blogger Albert said...

Paul,

That's a daft comparison. It's hard to build your first Catholic Church in a city where there are already many Catholic Churches. Have you not noticed? Catholics are everywhere. Every Catholic parish I know is full to over-flowing - not just once on a Sunday, but four times. I couldn't tell you about the global south, but I do know that the Church is growing there are huge rate.

As for the lack of central leadership, have you not noticed that that is part of the problem of Islamism?

18 February 2014 at 10:17  
Blogger Paul Perrin said...

Catholics are everywhere and IBM used to be too...

Lack of central leadersip is part of non-islamists problem with islam - islamists themselves are thriving on it...

Modernisers are killing the CofE - but they get to keep the power and the money (until the death throws are complete), so what do they care?

18 February 2014 at 10:25  
Blogger Flossie said...

As someone who was weaned on the 1662 BCP, the contents of which are seared onto my brain, I am appalled by the frivolity which has engulfed many churches. I wouldn't go within a mile of any church embellished with drumkits, big screens, interesting seating arrangements or any of that nonsense. I have long felt that the demise of the BCP is responsible for the sloppy doctrine which abounds. And trendy vicars send a chill down my spine.

However, I am aware that I have turned into Grumpy Old Woman, and that my idea of church is not a resounding success right now, so I think in the right context some of these new ideas should be given a chance. I don't know what conversations took place between the clerics and the happy couple in these particular instances, but so long as it is impressed upon them that marriage must be 'honourable among all men and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly' I don't see too much harm in blessing it in a manner they appreciate.

If we don't accommodate the young to some degree, they will continue to see the Church as being full of crusty old fogies (like me) which is a turn-off. Catch them where they are, and use the opportunity to unfold the faith gently.

18 February 2014 at 10:42  
Blogger Len said...

The foundations of the Church have been uprooted and until that problem is addressed the Church will remain largely irrelevant to a huge section of the population.

The Church is trying (instead of getting to the root of the problem) be 'relevant' to the modern World.

'Former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini died on Friday aged 85
He said the Church had failed to 'move with the times' as was '200 years out of date''

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news.

Darwin came up with' a theory 'about the origins of life which has been accepted as 'fact' by the secular world and by much of the Church. Darwin`s 'theory' is used to deny the validity of the Word of God and IF the foundations of the Bible are shown to be false then the whole Word of God is not to be trusted.
This is the problem the Church is facing and why Christians are being opposed when they try to explain the Gospel to a modern world which has been conned into believing the lie of' Darwin`s theory'.



18 February 2014 at 10:44  
Blogger Albert said...

Paul,

Catholics are everywhere and IBM used to be too...

That is irrelevant to your question: we cannot build first churches where we already have many. And why do we have many? Partly, because of our centralised structure, which (among other things) prevents the missionary work of the Church losing energy to interminable arguments about things.

Lack of central leadersip is part of non-islamists problem with islam - islamists themselves are thriving on it...

Thriving at what cost?

Modernisers are killing the CofE - but they get to keep the power and the money (until the death throws are complete), so what do they care?

Now you're getting somewhere. The CofE is pretty uncentralised - a pope in every parish, as the saying went (now it's a pope in every parishioner). It is that lack of centralisation that has prevent the CofE from standing up for traditional Christian belief.

18 February 2014 at 10:46  
Blogger Len said...

In case I get accused of 'Catholic bashing ' I can only say some of the Protestant Churches are as equally as bad as the Catholic if not worse in some cases.
It makes me cringe to see how some Churches present themselves to the World and they would certainly 'turn me off' from what I am seeing presented on TV if I was not a believer already.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the key to eternal life and it appalls me to see how disgracefully it has been treated and presented to the World by many professing 'Christian' Churches.

18 February 2014 at 10:54  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

Don't know what's funnier, the Stetson vicar, buckaroo bride (she looks pretty good to me) or the old prelate's foaming and apoplectic indignation.

At the Wedding at Cana – Our Lord's first miracle and a stunning announcement of the beginning of his ministry – there were many who were upset at the upending of an established tradition (the best wine served first). Jesus did not much care about this and neither should we care about non-traditional wedding ceremonies.

The lovely bride, Emma, said: 'I also wanted my marriage to include a Vicar. It was second time around for both Andy and me and we wanted it to be right.' That is heart-warming, not depressing – she is saying that for a wedding to be done properly God must be present. From the sound of it they are both divorced, so could no remarry in church, though I suspect they both wanted to.

The Revd Tim's willingness to enter into the spirit of the day has probably done more to encourage them and their friends to go to church or see Christianity in a new light than any posting or comment on this blog – that also is heart-warming.

The Revd Tim Sumpter is, I believe, vicar of the Ockbrook and Borrowash parish. This is from their website:

'As part of the Trinity of God – Father, Son and Spirit – we believe that our life as a Christian community is influenced by the power and presence of God through the Holy Spirit. It is the presence of God, now, today and what makes our faith alive and personal.

'Reading and studying the Bible together is integral to our life as Christian disciples and Scripture is read out publicly at every service.'

'Prayer is a crucial part of life for a Christian – spending time in dialogue with God, bringing concerns for ourselves and those around us, and in turn receiving his love and his direction for our lives.'

Sounds pretty orthodox to me.

Yippee Ki-Yay and happy trails!

18 February 2014 at 11:01  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Does anyone have smelling salts? I feel a swoon coming on...

18 February 2014 at 11:08  
Blogger EuropeanCatholic said...

It tempts me to despair.

At least there is no option (yet!) where you can request one of those flash-mob wedding dances which we saw last year:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-23020504

18 February 2014 at 11:16  
Blogger Integrity said...

Your Grace,
Marriage provides more and better sex.
Sex within marriage has an enduring and unifying quality
.
I ask myself what the church is suggesting here? Marriage provides more sex? Are they suggesting that sex outside of marriage is ok but you get less of it?
This follows on from my recent thoughts on the difference of peoples perception of Adultery and fornication.
Even most non Christians have a revulsion for adultery but fornication seems 'Par for the Course' these days. Is it because of the marriage vows that makes the difference? Then why are there so many couples 'Living in Sin'? Maybe it's the availability of contraception that has made sex so easy, in my youth girls were scared to get pregnant. But we have so many single mothers today. Just what is the answer? It must be that people have forgotten about God.

18 February 2014 at 11:19  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

@ Integrity
Sadly money and opulence are the leaders in many marriage ceremonies. So first the modern way goes, find and move in with partner, then save up, meanwhile possibly having children. When you have enough dosh stored book the reception pay out top dollar for the mega-dress, and dance into the night. If you like that sort of thing have a vicar and a church as part of it, but remember to book them only after you have got the reception sorted. At the service you will generally choose 3 out of a range of about 6 hymns, a third to a half of which are most suitable for young children and not for someone of a mature faith.

As for the pritt stick it is probably about accurate for the average length of marriage. The superglue couples still exist, bless them, but are the minority, even in firm intention on the day.

The church should care so much we want to give the best. I am fine with no robes for the Vicar if that's what people want but surely tight jeans are unsuitable, surely, please....

18 February 2014 at 11:55  
Blogger bluedog said...

Come, come Mrs Proudie, chin up old thing.

Can't you see an opportunity for your Lord and Master to conduct weddings in period costume, throwing open the palace for the reception. Could be a nice little earner.

Best not to ask Mustafa Fatwa to arrange the catering. Turkish sausage might not go down too well, unless you think otherwise...

18 February 2014 at 12:14  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

I wonder just how far the CofE really will go?

What about the vicar dressing up as Elvis and decorating the Church up as Gracelands?

What a joke the CofE is becoming.

18 February 2014 at 12:17  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

What next?

A Satanist marriage? Turn up dressed as Satan and his demons. Or Dracula and his bride?

Well, why not?

18 February 2014 at 12:18  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Happy Jack:

What next?

How about a nudist wedding?

Maybe the priest could still wear his/her dog collar.

As bluedog could, if he's one of the guests.

18 February 2014 at 12:32  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

Jack,

Nude weddings have already taken place and I believe there is a nudist church in the South East.

Takes all sorts.

18 February 2014 at 12:50  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Ars @ 12:50

I'll bet that particular church is really big on the second and third chapters of 'Genesis'.

Presumably they have 'Job' 1:21 emblazoned above the altar?

18 February 2014 at 12:56  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

Explorer,

Yes and, I imagine, a very robust central heating system and strict rules about bringing your own cushion!

18 February 2014 at 12:59  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

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18 February 2014 at 13:09  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Explorer, Happy Jack thinks this might be a rather hard experience for the groom.

If the vicar was nude, but for his dog collar, he would need to be very careful not to make any sudden movements.

Ars, Happy Jack would bring his hat and not to place on his head. Or, even better, bring his guitar. Jack also says the colder the temperature in such a service the better.

Opening song for the ceremony:

- Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

*chuckles*

18 February 2014 at 14:28  
Blogger Guy Jones said...

@ Len 18 February 2014 10:44

The problem I see is that Christians happily send their children to places that are aggressively antagonistic to the Christian faith. Some are even deluded enough to believe that the little ones will be salt and light in these places, when the reality is that they are no match for an organised assault on their tender faith. This is coupled to peer pressure is brutal and effective.

If we send our children to Babylon to be educated we shouldn't be surprised at the end result.

18 February 2014 at 14:29  
Blogger IanCad said...

HG, quoting from the subject website:

"--Marriage provides more and better sex--"

Sure news to me.

18 February 2014 at 14:32  
Blogger Paul Perrin said...

@albert

You can pretend that the CofE is uncentralised, but how do you explain women vicars and now bishops against sizable objections?

The CofE make new stuff up as the go along and expect others to tag along - many don't tag along with the latest greatest (stupid) wheeze - the leave.

Feel happy and smug as it disintegrates if that is 'your bag' - but others will see it as the disservice that it is.

18 February 2014 at 14:34  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Second song for the naturist service:

- You Raise Me Up

*chuckles*

18 February 2014 at 15:07  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Happy Jack!

What if Mrs Proudie were reading this thread?

Fortunately, her sweet innocence would not understand.

18 February 2014 at 15:15  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

Fear not Explorer.

The Inspector has told me that Mrs Proudie likes nothing more than to invigorate herself with smelling salts, disrobe down to her bonnet and engage in vigorous carpet beating, so is unlikely to be shocked.

18 February 2014 at 15:41  
Blogger Anglican said...

Marie 12.17 said "what a joke the CofE is becoming".

Very true of a considerable (and growing) part of it. But there are many traditional and orthodox churches remaining - both evangelical and anglo-catholic. They regard it as their highest ecclesiastical duty to remain and restore the CofE to its Gospel purpose. They may fail eventually; they may be thrown out or otherwise dispossessed. But it is their Christian duty to try to prevent, if at all possible, the CofE from going the way of TEC in America.

18 February 2014 at 16:25  
Blogger David Hussell said...

I don't think that extremes, like this, ever tell us much about the average, old journalistic device though it is. But I agree that, reflecting society, weddings have become too consumerist, losing their central meaning. That's why many vicars prefer funerals, when they congregations are in a sober, reflective, listening mode, rather than "show off", but superficial weddings.

The centralist vs decentralist dispute is also a very old one, having always applied across the spectrum of human activity. The tension between pros/cons of central/decentralized models of organization has existed since geographically spread larger scale human activity first started. There too simplistic answers abound. Both systems can work well, or badly. Dogma is to be avoided. If it works, it works.
Good central direction can be a blessing. But make it a dead heavy hand, or just plain wrongheaded, and it does immense harm to local shoots and initiatives. Similarly local energies can reflect the work of The Spirit, but it must the true Holy Spirit, not impersonators, that are leading; in dubious situations good central authority would correct any such errors.
Often a hybrid model, of defined, limited local autonomy works well across a range of organizations staffed by humans. Good local managers/priests should be granted more autonomy, rewarding success and fostering autonomy. That's my opinion.
There are deep problems with the C of E, but is His Grace suffering these last few weeks from a touch of masochism and self - basement perhaps, I ask respectfully? Maybe it's winter gloom feeding "Black Dog". Do I recognize the symptom, perhaps?

18 February 2014 at 16:31  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Hear, hear, well said, Your Grace. Especially, "Surprised? Not at all: there's very little that could surprise His Grace about the Church of England...

Just so you don't think you're alone pulling at your hairs, a rabbi friend was once asked if the Dad could bring his son to the reading of his Torah portion for his Bar Mitzva on the back of a Harley Davidson. My shocked friend said no, but the family found a synagogue that let them do it, although apparently not with the 1200 cc engine booming and spewing blue smoke all over the sanctuary. Fire code restrictions and insurance regs, not sudden emergence of common sense, I'm afraid.

18 February 2014 at 16:41  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Forgot to say,

the vicar on the Harley dressed in his robes looks a bit of a prat, in my opinion. But that's post-modernism for you, as Cranmer says, falling over backwards not to appear authoritarian - doesn't leave a whole lot of room for God, who is the ultimate authority does it ? But society will learn, painfully, I predict. Like all ages it will pass, but not while I'm this side of eternity I think.

Cheer up Your Grace. Can we have positive stories of the Christian Church next, even of the C of E ?They do exist ! Anglicanism is booming in the global south, not that they think a great deal nowadays of the present incumbent of Augustine's chair.

18 February 2014 at 17:09  
Blogger Albert said...

Paul,

You can pretend that the CofE is uncentralised, but how do you explain women vicars and now bishops against sizable objections?

Women clergy in the CofE reflects something of the uncentralised nature of the CofE. Remember: these things go through Deanery and Diocesan Synods long before they come to the centre. In these local fora they tend to have much greater support than they have in the centre. Moreover, even when these things pass, it remains down to local clergy and parishes whether they accept them.

Contrast that with the Catholic Church. In the early 1990s there was pressure in the Catholic Church for the unscriptural innovation. Pope John Paul II gave a resounding "No" and the movement has largely died away.

Feel happy and smug as it disintegrates if that is 'your bag' - but others will see it as the disservice that it is.

I wasn't feeling happy and smug about it. Life would be better for Catholics if the CofE were stronger - and not just in this country. Think of how Catholics and other Christians suffer in Muslim countries simply because Protestants in the West are so liberal about homosexuality.

I think you've forgotten where we started off: you were saying that the centralisation of Christian groups was the problem. I was simply observing that the evidence stands against your view. That doesn't make me smug or happy; it's just a fact.

18 February 2014 at 17:31  
Blogger Integrity said...

Your Grace,
There seems little in the NT about the form of worship. They certainly prayed, sung hymns, broke bread and wine and had long sermons by the sound of it if someone fell asleep and fell from a window.
On the basis of this, we can have whatever form we feel is appropriate and I think that worship should be progressive as long as it is spirit lead. The style of Cranmer from the 16th Century is not for every one.

18 February 2014 at 17:52  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness! Where to begin... dear Bluedog, in Barchester we ALL wear period costume, buttoned up to the neck and boned to the core. Dear Mr Explorer, why of course Happy Jack was referring to Lazarus, what else? And dear Ars Hendrik, disrobe myself? Why, I have only done so once at Brighton and even then in the privacy of the bathing machine. As for carpet beating, one has servants for that caper... However, addressing the ghastly theme of this thread, where will all this nonsense end? What happened to the beauty of tradition? When did parish priests cease being gentlemen and turn into circus clowns? Sabine Baring-Gould, Octavius Pickard-Cambridge and their ilk must be turning it their graves...

18 February 2014 at 17:57  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Happy Jack:

We're okay.

Mrs P has read your comment, and the sweet creature has entirely missed your innuendo.

18 February 2014 at 18:02  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Explorer, innuendo? Happy Jack has no idea what you mean.

Mrs Proudie, you watch that Slope creature closely. This is just the type of 'modernisation' he'd offer personal support to.

Jack once visited Brighton and was astonished at the sights he saw on the beech - and he doesn't mean the pier.

18 February 2014 at 18:25  
Blogger Len said...

Many sights in Brighton would have Mrs Proudie needing her smelling salts.
I lived there for some considerable time and am now un- shockable.

The University is worth a visit Jack?.

18 February 2014 at 18:40  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

He flits from trend to trend just like a butterfly.
In matters of the Liturgy he is as fickle as can be,
'Cause he's a dedicated follower of fashion.


(With acknowledgement to the Kinks)

18 February 2014 at 18:58  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...



Don’t be too hard on Andy and Emma, old chap. They did freely invite Tim the modern vicar, and one is suitably impressed that in this age of crass godlessness, which the secularists are not only crowing about, but helped achieve, there is still room for the spiritual side. Of course, it is regrettable that it’s the second time for both of them, but as we all know, marriage is up against that most insidious of enemies, the pursuance of self interest, whatever the cost to yourself, and those rejected by you.

A peasant’s medieval wedding would have quickly decamped to a barn where a giant drinking binge would take place. With the unconscious laying around on bales of straw as the night progressed, probably including the groom by the end. The wild west setting looks a definite improvement on that !

It’s all a question of standards, you know. We are living in an age where crassness is prized. The old values of decorum have all but gone. We can thank banal influences like television and of course, the destruction of the grammar school, that bed rock of standards.

And Archbishop, there’s always hope. Perhaps standards will once again improve, as they did massively in the 19th century. But having returned from the centre of town at lunchtime and seen the tattoos, the body piercings, the daft hairstyles, the cheap and nasty garments worn, and the obesity they are thankfully covering, it won’t be in our lifetimes…




18 February 2014 at 18:59  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Len, poor Mrs Proudie would not know what to do in the modern world. Best she stays in Barchester.

Happy Jack has visited Sussex University in Falmer. He thought it very ugly and way too modern looking.

18 February 2014 at 19:04  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness, Happy Jack! One has seen a bit of the world you know! I have often visited Cranford and Middlemarch, and the Mayor of Casterbridge once made us very welcome on our Cream Tea tour of Wessex. Mr. Slope also visits his friend, a Mr Dorian Gray, in London, and I believe is having his portrait painted by a dear friend of Mr. Gray's...I don't know where we shall put it but Mr Slope says he has to be well hung. I think the privy in the Eeast Wing is the ideal spot...

18 February 2014 at 20:26  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Mrs Proudie, chaps like Slope often dream about being well hung. Jack reckons a
pissoir (that's French, btw) hidden deep in some wood would be the best place for such a portrait.

18 February 2014 at 20:56  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Old Blowers invited a chum home for dinner. Every time Blowers needed something, he preceded his request to his wife by calling her "My Love", "Darling", "Sweetheart", etc., etc.

Ernst's friend looked at him and said, "That's really nice after these 30 years you've been married to keep saying those little pet names."

Old Blowers said, "Well, honestly, dear boy,I've forgotten her name."

blofeld

ps

Blowers and Mrs B were having an argument about who should brew the morning cuppa.

Mrs B said, "You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee."

Mr B said, "You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee."

Mrs B replies, "No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee."

Mr B replies, "I can't believe that, show me and I'll do it."

So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it INDEED says:

"HEBREWS"

Hoisted with me own petard!!

18 February 2014 at 23:07  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Good one Blowers.

*chuckle*

But do remember God told woman her husband: "shall rule over you." Assert your God given authority, dear man.

18 February 2014 at 23:33  
Blogger Derek said...

Before the party, Andy and Emma had married in a register office, and Emma said: “I wanted to give something back to all our wonderful customers, so we planned this party, but I also wanted my marriage to include a Vicar. It was second time around for both Andy and me and we wanted it to be right. The local Vicar was very supportive and encouraging to us and said he was able to do a type of service in the marquee.”

I'm guessing that their previous spouses are still alive. The Vicar's response should have been 'No'.

19 February 2014 at 02:05  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear Derek, the vicar's response should often be 'No' for to say 'Yes' leads into all sorts of scrapes...

19 February 2014 at 09:39  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Just politely declined a request to attend a nephew's beach wedding on an Indian Ocean island in 2015. By which time the couple will have been living together for 3 years. Hopefully....

19 February 2014 at 12:09  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Hsppy Jack yesterday @20:56

Deep in the woods you have no need of a pissoir. Appleseed has planted a wood next to his orchard and he knows.

19 February 2014 at 12:13  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Steve, its needed for the dreadful Slope and his picture. The sight of his portrait and him would surely scare the poor animals!

19 February 2014 at 12:18  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

@ Rambling Steve

Well I won't be buying any of YOUR cider, despite (or is that because of) its nice golden colour......!!

19 February 2014 at 18:31  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Lucy M, there's nothing wrong with a golden colour!

Besides, the wood is next to the orchard and Jack is sure Mr Appleseed is particular where he goes.

19 February 2014 at 22:59  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Not so sure of that, Happy Jack.

After all, he is RAMBLING Steve...

19 February 2014 at 23:16  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Explorer, you, my friend, have a quivering Mrs Proudie to calm and little time to speculate about Mr Appleseed wanderings in deep woods.

*chuckle*

Jack, having read his website, is confident he gives them all necessary care and attention to his apples.

19 February 2014 at 23:40  
Blogger Ivan said...


He's the rambling but not aimless Appleseed.

20 February 2014 at 03:52  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Happy Jack @ 23:40

That's why I'm hiding in Steve's wood. The Bishop's not pleased, and he has influence.

Still, here I should be...

What's this? AAAH!

Dammit, didn't get out of hiding in time!

20 February 2014 at 07:17  
Blogger The Explorer said...

It's okay!

It was just Steve chucking away some reject cider.

20 February 2014 at 08:46  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Happy Jack:

That Slope was spying on us, you see, when I was reassuring Mrs Proudie.

20 February 2014 at 11:57  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Well Explorer, if you trifle with a sensitive ladies feelings .... and Slope may be attracted to you.

Now be careful in that wood. If you hear this then do watch out:

Hey dol! merry dol! ding adong dil*o!
Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal to wallow!
Slip, Slope, jolly Slope, Slope's the fellow!"


(Jack cannot publish the remaining verses as they are in very bad taste.)

20 February 2014 at 13:32  
Blogger ukFred said...

This is exactly where I saw the CofE going. Instead of being transformed by the renewing of your mind(s), it is conforming to the society in which it is situated. On some US blogs, I know that people who generate such nonsense as this are seen not as Christian but rather as 'churchian'.

Perhaps if the CofE insisted that its clegy preach on 1 Corinthians 7 at least once every year, people would see some benefit in church weddings.

20 February 2014 at 22:37  

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