Posts tagged “Weddings

Sermo Dei: Fleming/Nuttelman Wedding

Posted on July 22nd, 2017

The Marriage of Amy Fleming to Christopher Nuttelman  St. John 20:10-18 + The Eve of St. Mary Magdalene + Our Savior Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan She is not wrong, Mary Magdalene. She sees a Man standing upon the earth. She supposes Him to be the gardener. She is not wrong. He is. The first man was designed to be the gardener – to rule on earth as God’s steward. From his side came forth the woman, bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. She would garden with her man, as co-regent. They received a divine call – to be fruitful and multiply, and so become participants with God in the ongoing act of creation. They received a divine call – to be…

Sermo Dei: The Marriage of Jonathan Scheck and Cari Geyer

Posted on October 24th, 2016

October 21, 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Apostles, Melrose Park, IL Dear Saints loved by God, bride of the mystical bridegroom, our Lord JESUS Christ, It was not good for Jonathan to be alone. So the Lord prepared for Jonathan a helper suitable for him. To you, Jonathan, God gives Cari as bone of your bones and flesh of your flesh. Many gifts we receive and enjoy for ourselves. But in the gift of marriage comes the call to donate yourself, open up to and sacrifice yourself for the needs of your nearest neighbor. We heard how Adam’s side was opened up, in a sleep like unto death. His rib became the constitutive element of the woman, signifying that the husband guards and…

Sermo Dei: The Marriage of Ross George and Jennifer Berry

Posted on June 18th, 2016

Text: Hosea 2:18-23 “I will betroth you to Me,” “I will betroth you to Me,” “I will betroth you to Me.” Three times the Lord says this through the prophet Hosea. It’s reckless and pollyannic, for the bride in Hosea is undeserving. And that is precisely the point: God acts in love and mercy upon the undeserving. Pope Francis recently commented on marriage within the Roman Catholic church, saying, “The great majority of our sacramental marriages are null.” I.e., most Roman Catholic marriages are not real marriages because the couples entering into them do not have a proper understanding of permanence and commitment. But who does? Matthew Schmitz, the literary editor of the journal First Things, reacted with concern, observing it seemed the Pope was saying…

The Marriage of Rachel Rand and David Kent

Posted on December 21st, 2014

David, last night your brother Dan told us about the time you had a week to grow out your hair while playing Jesus in a sixth-grade pageant. With this wedding, you get to resume that role. In your marriage, you play Jesus, you are called to be Jesus to your wife. This is more a manly thing even than winning second prize in a hairy chest competition. I have a profound respect for people like you who serve in our armed forces to protect our country. The skill and courage to fight requires strength. Now as a husband, you will need a different kind of strength. A twentieth century figure I admire is the German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His older brothers had all fought…

A Facebook Kind of Love? The Marriage of Rachel Horne and Daniel Wanke

Posted on September 30th, 2014

    1 Corinthians 13:5 September 27, 2014 Social media is not evil. It simply magnifies the evil that is in the human heart. Status updates rarely reflect one’s real status. We appear always to be doing fun things, important things, exciting things. We are witty, funny, snarky – or bringing a wise, contrarian take on everyone else’s idiocy. We post pictures of ourselves looking our best, and filter our shots to make our lives seem exceptional. And then we are outraged. Outraged about politicians, outraged about the police, outraged about Israel, outraged about the Palestinians, outraged about religion, the other guy’s religion or lack thereof. And the outrage keeps us from actually learning anything from each other. Then, when things get really bad?…

Wedding Sermon: Wayne Schroeder and Deborah Fell

Posted on May 23rd, 2014

Dear Wayne and Deborah, I am so glad that our kind Lord has brought you to this day. God is the giver of all good gifts, and marriage is His gift. Marriage can also be a curse, like any gift that is misused. But marriage especially is in the devil’s crosshairs, because marriage is more than just a good gift of creation. Marriage is a picture of Christ and the Church, as we heard St. Paul say. God has joined you together to share in a unique and special way the love that flows between Jesus and His bride, the Church. So the devil hates your marriage and wants to destroy it. How will you protect your marriage from withering under that attack? In…

[Sermo Dei] The Marriage of Rachael Burt and James Vieregge

Posted on July 6th, 2013

This past Christmas Day you were baptized, Rachael – and what a wonderful day to be baptized! For at Christmas we celebrate that the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity, became flesh for us, joining our flesh to His Person. This wedding, Rachael, is like your baptism all over again. We heard the holy apostle Paul tell us that the husband is to love his wife after the manner of a baptism: Christ cleansed His bride the Church “by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” You are here today in splendor, Rachael.…

Hot young bride at Immanuel

Posted on February 1st, 2013

I’d heard this story from Immanuel’s oldest members when I arrived, but I didn’t know it was recorded for posterity. The following is from Immanuel’s archives, which we are in the process of digitizing: Elsie C. Herfurth and Paul B. Snyder were married in November [1932].  In passing over the furnace register toward the alter Elsie’s train began to scorch.  Brother Wallace retrieved it before damage was done. I bet Elsie and Paul found many an occasion to recount their fiery marriage ceremony!

Sermo Dei: The Marriage of Jena Pasko and Jeffrey Mammen

Posted on September 1st, 2012

My friends Jeffrey and Jena, I have waited eagerly for this day. The Lord Jesus said, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” That’s ‘mammon’ with an ‘o’, meaning money, wealth, property. Jesus says you cannot serve God and mammon (money, property); but I say unto you that in your marriage, you serve God by serving Mammen (with an ‘e’), your new last name, Jena. I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting this new name. As Baptism washed away sin and stamped a new name, God’s name, on you, so this marriage stamps a new name…

Sermo Dei: The Marriage of Leslie Bolz and Rev’d Braun Campbell

Posted on August 29th, 2012

Braun and I were sitting at Malek’s Pizza for lunch one day, and after our usual discussion on deep, weighty topics such as specs on the next iPhone and coming video game releases, Braun said, “So I’ve been seeing somebody; her name is Leslie.” And I don’t remember his exact words after that, but the gist of it was, How do you know if you should get married? Not wanting to scare him off, I didn’t share with him what I was thinking, but I will now. It’s the answer of Socrates on whether or not a man should marry. He said: “By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a…