A SERMON PREACHED ON THE OCCASION OF ADRIAN MARPLE AND RUTH HULLEY'S WEDDING Saturday 15th July 2006 BASED ON PSALM 127,128 Congratulations. This service is such a joy And thank you for the readings that you have chosen A new family, a new 'house' is being established today. People try to build marriages, 'houses' on many foundations Shared feelings Shared interests Shared dreams And all of that is so important But Psalm 127.1 says, "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain" Psalms 127 and 128 are Psalms of Ascent. As people journeyed up to Jerusalem, to the temple, to meet with God, they would sing these songs. And both these songs are declaring that if we wish to see the house established, the city protected, the work completed - then we must put God in the centre. Feelings change and hopefully mature: for instance, we cannot constantly remain in a state of 'being in love'. You would never eat and nothing would ever get done.