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Wedding Services

The Christian Wedding does not glorify the bride and groom. As a Divine Service its purpose is to proclaim Christ to the worshipers in the pews, and this it does by pointing to the marriage of a Christian husband and wife. They are an image, albeit an imperfect image, but an image nonetheless of the gracious relationship that exists between Christ and his beloved bride, the Church (cf. Ephesians 5:22-33). Just as a loving husband cares for his wife and together they produce offspring, so Christ cares for his Church, which he purchased with his own blood, and together they bear the offspring of believers, who come to life in the womb of the Baptismal font and are fed and nourished with the Sacrament of their Savior’s body and blood..

It is the custom of St. Paul’s Evangelical-Lutheran Church to provide this service for her members. The pastor may also make an exception and marry a couple that has expressed their intentions of becoming members of our church family. However should the pastor learn that the couple is living together outside of marriage or that one of the spouses has been divorced, he will grant them a Christian Wedding only when there is repentance.

When a couple seeks to be married at St. Paul's Evangelical-Lutheran Church, it is important that they contact the Pastor before finalizing their wedding date.

Below is the order for The Christian Wedding Service with Holy Communion. I ask you to note the prominence of Word and Sacrament in it.


THE CHRISTIAN WEDDING SERVICE

PROCESSIONAL

THE RITE OF HOLY MATRIMONY

M: In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

(Be seated)

 

The Betrothal Vows

Name, will you take Name to be your wife? Will you be guided by the counsel and direction God has given in His Word and love your wife as Christ loved the Church? Will you be faithful to her, cherish her, support her, and help her in sickness and in health as long as you both shall live? If so, answer, “I will.”

Groom: I will.

Name, will you take Name to be your husband? Will you be guided by the counsel and direction God has given in his Word and submit to your husband as the Church submits to Christ? Will you be faithful to him, cherish him, support him, and help him in sickness and in health as long as you both shall live? If so answer, “I will.”

Bride: I will.

The Wedding Vows

I, Name, / in the presence of God and these witnesses / take you, Name, / to be my wife. / I promise to be faithful to you / until death parts us.

I, Name / in the presence of God and these witnesses / take you, Name, / to be my husband. / I promise to be faithful to you / until death parts us.


The Blessing and the Exchange of the Rings

Bless † O Lord, these rings, so that they who wear them may always be reminded of your blessing and promise, live with each other in unbroken fidelity, and dwell in your peace and abiding love; in the Name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

C: Amen.

Name - Name, receive this ring / as a pledge and token of my love and faithfulness / in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Pronouncement of Marriage

Since Name and Name desire each other in marriage and have acknowledged the same here publicly before God and the world, in testimony of which they have given each other their hands and rings, I pronounce them joined in marriage, in the Name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit. What God has joined together, let man not separate.

 

THE MARRIAGE PRAYER

Let us pray. Almighty God, who created man and woman and who has joined together this husband and wife in Holy Marriage, thereby signifying the sacramental union of your Son Jesus Christ to his Bride, the Church, we beseech you of your infinite goodness, not to allow your blessing and ordinance to be set aside or disgraced, but to evermore protect and preserve it, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

GOD’S SERVICE OF THE WORD

(Rise)

PROCESSIONAL HYMN

The Introit (Cantor)

The God of Israel join you together, and may He be with you even as He had mercy on two that were the only begotten of their fathers: Grant them mercy, O Lord, and finish their life in health and joy. Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. The God of Israel join you together, and may He be with you even as He had mercy on two that were the only begotten of their fathers: Grant them mercy, O Lord, and finish their life in health and joy.

C(sing): Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

P: Glory be to God on high.

C(sing): And on earth peace, good will toward men. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory, O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. You take away the sin of the world; receive our prayer. You sit at the right hand of God the Father; have mercy on us. For you only are holy; you only are the Lord. You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit, † are most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

P: The Lord be with you.

C (sing): And with your spirit.

P: Let us pray. (The Pastor prays the Prayer of the Day.)

C: Amen.

(Be seated!)

The Old Testament Reading: Genesis 2:18-24

After the Reading:

M: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Cantor: Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine

In the very heart of your house,

Your children like olive plants

All around your table.

The Epistle Reading: Ephesians 5:22-33

After the Reading:

M: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

(Rise)

Cantor: Alleluia. Alleluia. May the Lord send you help from the sanctuary: And strengthen you out of Zion. Alleluia.

The Gospel Reading: Matthew19:1-6

After the Reading:

M: The Gospel of our Lord.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ.

(Be seated)

The Homily

The Chief Hymn

(Rise)

The Creed

P: I believe in one God,

C: The Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe one holy Christian and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life † of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P: Let us pray. Receive our prayer, O Lord, for your holy Church throughout the world, especially for those who are orthodox and profess the Christian and Apostolic Faith. Grant grace to her faithful pastors, and bishops, and grant her peace, protection, guidance and unity. Lord, in your mercy:

C: Hear our prayer.

P: Be mindful also of all those present, who offer you this sacrifice of praise and whose faith and devotion are known to you. Pour upon them your continual mercy so that they look to you for the salvation of their souls and for help in every need. Lord, in your mercy:

C: Hear our prayer.

P: Remember, O Lord, all those who suffer any need or adversity, those who sorrow and grieve, those who are sick or hospitalized, those who are in trouble, and those who have requested our prayers (Pause for private intentions). Be their sure defense and their help in every need. Lord, in your mercy:

C: Hear our prayer.

P: O God, who appointed that woman be formed from man so that she might be an inseparable helper comparable to him; and who, by knitting them together, taught that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom you by Holy Matrimony have joined: look with mercy upon Name and Name; that, in accordance with your holy Word, this man may sacrificially love his wife, even as Christ loves his Bride, the Church and gave himself for her, loving and cherishing her as his own flesh; and also that this woman may be loving and faithful to her husband even as the Church receives in faith and gratitude all good things from her Lord. Lord, in your mercy:

C: Hear our prayer.

P: Look with favor upon all the homes of our land. Embrace husbands and wives, parents and children, in the arms of your love. Bless our homes that they may ever be a shelter for the defenseless, a bulwark for the tempted, a resting place for the weary, and a foretaste of our eternal home with you. Lord, in your mercy:

C: Hear our prayer.

P: In communion with the Church of all times and places, we honor the memory of the blessed patriarchs, prophets, evangelists, apostles, confessors, martyrs, and all your saints, including the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord. And although we are undeserving sinners, be pleased to grant us communion and fellowship with those in heaven whose victory with celebrate on earth. Into their company we implore you to admit us, not weighing our merits, but freely pardoning our offenses. Lord, in your mercy:

C: Hear our prayer.

P: We also pray that you would remember our loved ones who have gone before us with the sign of faith and now rest in the sleep of peace (Pause for private intentions). Grant to these, and to all who rest in Christ, a place of refreshment, light and peace. Lord, in your mercy:

C: Hear our prayer.

P: Graciously receive our prayers, deliver us and preserve us through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

GOD’S SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION

Solo: Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord

P: The Lord be with you.

C (sing): And with your spirit.

P: Lift up your hearts.

C (sing): We lift them up unto the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.

C (sing): It is good and right so to do.

P: It is truly good, right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying:

(Kneel!)

C (sing): Holy, holy, holy Lord God of heavenly hosts; heav’n and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. † Blessed is he, blessed is he, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER by the Pastor


THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION by the Pastor

P: Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.

C (sing): Amen.

P: As our Savior has commanded and taught us, we are bold to pray:

ALL: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be 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 and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

P: Deliver us, O Lord, we beseech you, from every evil past, present and to come; and graciously grant peace in our days that by Your compassionate aid, we may ever be free from all turmoil and shelter from all sin, through ö Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

C (sing): Amen.

P: The peace of the Lord † be with you always.

C (sing): Amen.

P: Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

C (sing): O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace. Amen.

(Be seated!)

The DISTRIBUTION of Christ’s Body and Blood

Cantor: Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. Yes, may you see your children's children. Pleace be upon Israel!

(Rise!)

P: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

C (sing): And his mercy endures forever.

P: Prayer of Thanksgiving by the Pastor

C (sing): Amen.

 

The Nuptial Blessing

P: Almighty God bless, preserve and keep you; the Lord mercifully behold you with his grace; the Lord fill you will every spiritual blessing, so that, living together in his love in this life, you may enter with joy into his heavenly home; in the Name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: The Lord be with you.

C (sing): And with your spirit.

P: Bless we the Lord.

C (sing): Thanks be to God.

P: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord look on you with his favor and † give you peace.

C (sing): Amen. Amen. Amen.

RECESSIONAL


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