In a Christian marriage, a man and a woman enter into a life-long union, making vows to God, the Church and one another to live their lives with Jesus Christ as the foundation of their marriage. The Book of Common Prayer states that “… marriage is not to be entered into unadvised or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purpose for which it was instituted by God.” Therefore, we at St. John’s Episcopal Church take marriage very seriously. The clergy is here to assist couples in planning and preparing for not only their wedding ceremony, but more importantly, their entire married life.


Marriage Preparation

Those who desire to be married at St. John’s Episcopal Church must either be members or have an immediate family member who is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church; they must meet with a member of the clergy at St. John’s and the couple must successfully complete premarital Christian counseling. For more information, contact Fr. Jim Nelson.


Wedding Scriptures

Readings for the service come from the Holy Bible only. The bride and groom should work with the Rector to choose the actual selections from the recommended readings. Readers should be chosen by the bride and groom. It is quite appropriate for members of the family, the wedding party, or guests to participate. One or more of the following passages from Holy Scripture may be used. If there is to be a Communion, a passage from the Gospel always concludes the Readings.

Genesis 1:26-28 (Male and female he created them)

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-24 (A man cleaves to his wife and they become one flesh)

Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7 (Many waters cannot quench love)

Tobit 8:5b-8 (from the Apocrypha) (That she and I may grow old together)

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (Love is patient and kind)

Ephesians 3:14-19 (The Father from whom every family is named)

Colossians 3:12-17 (Love which binds everything together in harmony)

1 John 4:7-16 (Let us love one another for love is of God)


Gospel Readings

Matthew 5:1-10 (The Beatitudes)

Matthew 5:13-16 (You are the light . . . Let your light so shine)

Matthew 7:21, 24-29 (Like a wise man who built his house upon the rock)

Mark 10:6-9, 13-16 (They are no longer two but one)

John 15:9-12 (Love one another as I have loved you)

Genesis 1:26-28 (Male and female he created them)