Marriage is a gift of God intended for the joy and mutual strength of those who enter into it and for the well-being of the whole human family. God created us male and female and blessed humankind with the gifts of companionship, the capacity to love and the care and nurture of children. Jesus affirmed the covenant of marriage and revealed God’s own self-giving love on the cross. The Holy Spirit helps those who are united in marriage to be living signs of God’s grace, love and faithfulness.
Marriage is also a human estate, with vows publicly witnessed. The church in worship surrounds these promises with the gathering of God’s people; the witness of the word of God, and prayers of blessing and intercession. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship Book)
Wedding Frequently Asked Questions...
How do I schedule a wedding at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church?
To schedule a wedding at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, please contact Pastor Roland Ziprick at 6044674343 or firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the scheduling process.
Is it necessary to be a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to be married here?
It is not necessary to be a member of St. Paul’s in order to be married here. If you are not connected to a faith community, or come from a different Christian tradition, you are welcome to consider marriage at St. Paul’s. We are here to serve the people in our congregation and neighbouring community. As a Christian church, we simply perform marriages within the context of the Christian tradition.
May we have our own pastor officiate?
At St. Paul’s, only a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, is eligible to officiate at a wedding. Occasionally pastors will co-officiate. If you have a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada whom you would like to officiate at your wedding, or co-officiate, please contact Pastor Roland Ziprick of St. Paul’s. Pastor Ziprick will make contact with the individual you would like to officiate or co-officiate
What are the fees for a wedding at St. Paul’s?
The current wedding fees cover the cost of providing services to you as you plan for your marriage and for the services provided on your wedding day. These include the pastor, musician, custodian, and sound technician, as well as a pre-marriage inventory which will be reviewed with your pastor. The costs are as follows:
Musician - $100 Sound Technician - $25 Church Building - $300 use of Fellowship Hall - $150 Pastor - $150 Pre-Marriage inventory - $30.00 (online)
What type of pre-marital counselling is required?
All couples are expected to take a written Prepare Inventory. The results of this inventory will be used by your pastor for two or three pre-marriage counselling sessions. Couples also spend a session working through the marriage ceremony, in order to become acquainted with the ceremony and to make any adjustments or special requests.
How do I select music for my wedding?
If you wish to have a musician from St. Paul’s play at your wedding, St. Paul’s Director of Music can assist you in selecting music which is appropriate for your wedding service. If you would prefer your wedding music on CD, Pastor Roland will work with you to make sure that the right music is played at the right time.