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The words to this song are from the wedding ceremony in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, written in 1549. Nearly five hundred years later in 2010, my sister Penny asked me to compose music to go with these powerful words for her wedding.

This song is the result. I love it because the prayer can be for any religion, or no religion, and it is about what matters most in a relationship. "The ordering of their common lives," the day to day meaning of love.

I performed it for their ceremony in Manzanita, but it took us ten years to get a recording done! On the eve of the Autumn Equinox and during Penny and Derek's 10th wedding anniversary week celebration, we spent a day adding final tracks and finishing the mix.

Ten beautiful years strong, may there be many more. Happy Anniversary Penny and Derek!!

If you wish to use this for your own wedding, I would be happy to grant permission. Please contact me if interested.


Give them wisdom and devotion
In the ordering of their common lives
That each may be to each other
A strength in need
A counselor in perplexity
A comfort in sorrow
And a companion in joy


from Random Singles and Custom Songs, track released September 21, 2020
Elizabeth: vocals, guitar, Hammond organ
Brian Castillo: engineering, guitar


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Elizabeth Hummel Olympia, Washington

I have been writing songs most of my life. A good bit of recording and performing too. Money comes and goes, but the muse is precious and timeless. I pray that my songs help people through darkness as well as celebrate the light. This music is a village and I am not alone. I am deeply grateful to the many people who have helped me birth these songs in so many ways. You are the Love! ... more

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