Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24 (KJV)
Marriage is God’s creation. When God united the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, He established the relationship of husband and wife. God’s intent was that marriage would be for life. He expected that spouses would seek to love, support and share life with each other. God created marriage to be a blessing.
As an engaged couple planning to be married soon, you can do no better than to commit yourselves to the establishment of a God-pleasing marriage. You will want to begin with a fitting Christian wedding. The material offered in the following few pages is provided as a guideline for what we believe to be good Christian practice. We want to assist you in designing a memorable Christian service that will glorify God and begin your lifelong marriage relationship on a joyous and positive note.
The counsel we offer, the suggestions we make, the church policies we uphold, are all done in love for you as a couple. We want to be as helpful as we can possibly be as you plan your wedding.
May the Lord bless you as you plan for your future together as husband and wife!
Yours in the Name of the Bridegroom Jesus Christ,
Pastor Craig Mathews
You might consider requesting assistance from the Ruth Guild / LWML under the guidance of Pastor to coordinate your wedding that will be performed at Hope Lutheran Church. These ladies may be able to assist the bride in the physical aspects of the ceremony, attending rehearsals and the wedding.
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:13-14 (NIV)
Baptism is more than a formal rite where a person commits his/her life to be a disciple and follower of Jesus. Baptism is also a means by which God offers to the recipient his love and mercy through the forgiveness of sins and offers the free gift of eternal life. When the Word of God is connected with the visible means of water, a miraculous invitation is extended to the person who receives the water no matter if it is poured, sprinkled, or even if the person is immersed. Because the power of Baptism is connected to God’s Word and not the ability of the person to profess their faith, the Lutheran Church believes Baptism is beneficial for all people, including infants and children.
If you are a family searching for a place to have your child(ren) baptized so the power of God can begin His work in their lives, take some time to talk with Pastor Mathews about Baptism and it’s importance, but more importantly your role as parents in the spiritual formation of your children.
If you are someone who is searching and wanting to know more about Jesus and what it means to be a follower and one of His disciples, Pastor Mathews will be glad to talk with you, answer your questions and even serve as your “spiritual coach” as you begin to walk the path of discipleship.