"For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
In marriage, God’s love for humankind is revealed in the love shared between two people. In their promises of lifelong fidelity and commitment to one another, the love God has for all humanity is reflected for the world to see.
Any two people can exchange these promises in any setting. When a couple chooses to share their vows in the church, they are bearing witness to their belief that their union is not only about themselves, but is a sign of God’s love, open to the needs of the world. Those who choose to be married at First Lutheran Church are indicating their desire to live out their vows as a part of this community of faith, be surrounded by its blessing, and assured of its support.
Marriage at First Lutheran Church is preceded by a time of preparation with the couple and the Pastor, and should begin no less than six months before the desired wedding date. Those who have already exchanged vows in another setting and wish to have their commitment affirmed and celebrated in the Church are invited to do so either in a separate ceremony or at a Sunday Eucharist.