Wedding Ceremony

Happy 13th anniversary, Candace!

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For Kerry and Candace Magruder, written by themselves
June 21 (Summer Solstice), 1986


Celebration of Marriage

Outdoors near a wooded stream
Kirksville, Missouri, June 21, 1986, 8 a.m.


Bulletin cover

bulletin artwork and calligraphy by Michael Barfield

Wedding sonnet

(back cover of the bulletin)

for Candace, by Kerry Magruder

bulletin artwork and calligraphy by Michael Barfield


Order of Ceremony

(Click hyperlinks to view individual photos taken during the ceremony, or see all photos here.)

Arise, my darling,
My beautiful one, and come with me.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, my darling;
My beautiful one, come with me.

Song of Solomon 2:10-13




Reading of scripture

Solomon 6:10

Allen Noel

"Who is this that comes like the dawn,
Fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
Majestic as the stars in procession?"


Trumpet Voluntary

Purcell *



Morning has Broken

Arr. Stevens
Soloist Gloria Fields
Flutist Diane Ramsey
Guitarist Jody Kessel

Reading of scripture

Psalm 113:1-3, Psalm 19:1-5,
Proverbs 4:18, Hosea 4:6,
Judges 5:31, Psalm 108:1-2

Rhonda Barfield
Sharon Tait Burch


The Lord is My Shepherd

Soloist Candace Comstock
Flutist Diane Ramsey
Guitarist Jody Kessel

Reflections on Isaac and Rebecca
(click to read text)

Genesis 24

David Noble

Honoring of Parents

Reading of scripture

Solomon 2:10-13

Allen Noel


Season Suite

Soloist Michael Barfield
Guitarist Michael Barfield

Charge to couple (click to read text)
Exchanging of the vows
Giving of the Rings

Michael Parris

The Lord's Supper

O Crux Ave

Palestrina *

Blessings from Parents
Charge to Witnesses
Presentation of Couple


Jack Magruder

The Lord Bless You and Keep You




Pachelbel *

"My soul praises the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me--
holy is His Name."
Luke 1: 46-49

Wedding Party

Bridesmaid: Sharon Tait Burch
Maid of Honor: Joyce Long
Best Man: David Noble
Groomsman: Allen Noel
Guest Book Attendant: Lori Harness Fowler

Brass Quartet: Glenn Lemons (trumpet), Troy Peterson (trumpet), Dr. Roger Cody (trombone), Trent Kite (tuba). Return to: Prelude, Processional, Lord's Supper, Recessional.

Sextet: Gloria Fields, Tanya Henman, LaNita Partin, Jill Stoffer, Sharon Tait Burch, Lori Zoll. Return to: Benediction.

Special thanks to Jack and Sue Magruder, who made it all possible!

Reception at the Travelers Hotel

Breakfast is served!