Marriage is a gift of God, intended for the joy and mutual strength of those who enter 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.
We want to work with you to make your wedding a meaningful worship service that will add God's blessing to your relationship and enhance the lives of those you've invited to share your special day with you.
We are happy to offer the services of Salem Lutheran Church to church members and others in accordance with the policies and practices in our Wedding Booklet. The Wedding Booklet is a guide to assist you in your preparation for the wedding service. It is available to pick up in the church office.
Amid all of the decisions and expectations you are facing as you begin to plan your wedding, you need to understand what is about to take place in the eyes of God and in the eyes of the community. Marriage in the church is first and foremost an act of Christian worship. The fact that it is a worship service needs to shape all decisions regarding the wedding service.
All prospective couples need to speak with the pastor in order to initiate the wedding preparation process. One cannot assume that the church and/or pastor will be available for the date you have in mind. Please do not set a date or make any arrangements for your wedding prior to your scheduled consultation with the pastor. Please take time to carefully read through the guidelines in the Wedding Booklet before making any plans for your wedding at Salem. Please feel free to contact the pastor with any questions.
May God continue to bless and guide you as you plan your wedding!
Church office hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.