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The Wedding Service

Planning Your Service

You and the St. Mark’s clergy will plan your wedding ceremony together.  We use an order of worship for all weddings which may or may not include Holy Communion.  Your input on scripture readings, hymn selection and the language of the vows is encouraged.  Cultural wedding customs can be included in the service.  Please make an appointment with the officiating Pastor at least one month prior to your wedding day.

Holy Communion

Some couples wish to celebrate the Eucharist at their wedding.  This is very appropriate.  The Eucharist is for all, not merely the wedding party.  The method usually employed is intinction.  Arrangements should be made with the Pastor if this is desired.

Lay Lectors

If you wish to have a lay person assist in the service (e.g. reading a scripture passage), you should discuss this and make arrangements with the Pastor.

Music

The Director of Music and Liturgy for St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Dr. Timothy Zerlang, will assist you in the selection of appropriate music for the service.  All music must be cleared with him to assure its appropriate character.  Music cannot be changed within 30 days preceding the wedding. It should be understood that only "live" music may be used at the wedding: no taped music or CDs are allowed.

Dr. Zerlang is the primary musician for all services.  In the event he is unavailable to play for your ceremony, he will provide a suitable replacement.  He does not attend the rehearsal.

Only sacred music is allowed. Sacred music is defined as traditional hymns, classical or contemporary instrumental pieces, including contemporary Christian music.  Secular songs are better suited to the reception. If you have a question as to the acceptability of a particular piece, please ask Dr. Zerlang.

If you choose to have a soloist or any additional special music, you are asked to discuss this with Dr. Zerlang. St. Mark's can provide a soloist. Many weddings include a congregational hymn, and we are pleased to encourage this.

Please contact Dr. Zerlang as early as possible to plan your music selections.

The Wedding Liturgy

This is the basic outline of a wedding service at St. Mark’s.


Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, and flash cameras during the ceremony.

 GATHERING

Prelude                                                  music title                                               composer

Processional                                         music title                                               composer

Pastoral Welcome

Greeting

Declaration of Intention

Prayer of the Day

WORD

Readings                                                                                            2-3 scripture readings

Sermon

Hymn of the Day                                                                                                  hymn title

 MARRIAGE

Vows

Giving of Rings

Acclamation

Marriage Blessing

Prayers of Intercession or Lord’s Prayer

Holy Communion (optional)

Introduction of the Newlyweds

 SENDING

Blessing

Recessional                                           music title                                               composer

 

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Suggested Scripture Readings

If you would like your wedding liturgy to include certain scripture passages that are meaningful to you, then please feel free to discuss them with your officiating minister.  Otherwise, listed below are some suggested scripture readings. Should you wish to use some secular readings, your request must be made to your assigned pastor and approval is solely at her/his discretion.

It is appropriate to include up to three readings, which may be done by family members or friends.  It is not necessary to include a Gospel reading (in italics) in the liturgy.  If you do choose a Gospel reading, then please note that they are usually read by a pastor and typically read last.

Genesis 2:18-24

Ruth 1:16-17

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

Psalm 33

Psalm 100

Psalm 113

Psalm 127

Psalm 128

Psalm 136

Psalm 150

Romans 12:1-2

1 Corinthians 13

Ephesians 5:21-33

Philippians 1:3-11

Philippians 2:1-8

Philippians 4:4-7

1 John 4: 7-12

Matthew 19:4-6

John 2:1-10

John 15:9-12

Wedding Music Selection Ideas

 Prelude

Prior to the beginning of the wedding ceremony, there is a prelude consisting of about 15 minutes of instrumental music as guests arrive and are seated.

Canon

La Grâce

Four Seasons - Winter: Largo

Xerxes: Largo

Johann Pachelbel

Georg Philipp Telemann

Antonio Vivaldi

George Frideric Handel

Processional

The processional is usually played by the organ alone as members of the wedding party walk down the aisle. Several wonderful possibilities are listed here.  Since St. Mark’s main aisle is relatively short, it is customary to choose 1-2 pieces of music.

Trumpet Voluntary.................................................................... Jeremiah Clarke

Trumpet Tune............................................................................. Jeremiah Clarke

Trumpet Tune in D................................................................. David N. Johnson

Trumpet March......................................................................Jean-Baptiste Lully

Prelude to the Te Deum.........................................Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Rondeau............................................................................. Jean-Joseph Mouret:

Minuet............................................................................................ Jeremiah Clark

Royal Fireworks Music: Overture............................ George Frideric Handel

Canon....................................................................................... Johann Pachelbel

Allegro marziale.............................................................................. Frank Bridge

Rigaudon........................................................................................ André Campra

Sonata No. 3: Allegro maestoso...................................... Felix Mendelssohn

Prelude in E-flat major.......................................................... Johann Sebastian Bach

Recessional

The wedding recessional, played as the newly married couple and wedding party march up the aisle, is usually the liturgy's most joyous of musical expressions. Most often played by the organ alone or with trumpet(s) or other instruments, there are many possibilities.

Trumpet Voluntary........................................................................... John Stanley

Trumpet Voluntary.................................................................... Jeremiah Clarke

Trumpet Tune............................................................................. Jeremiah Clarke

Trumpet Tune in D................................................................. David N. Johnson

Water Music: Hornpipe.............................................. George Frideric Handel

Royal Fireworks Music: The Rejoicing.............................................................................................. G.F. Handel

Rondeau.............................................................................. Jean-Joseph Mouret

Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy.................................... Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 1: Final.................................................................... Louis Vierne

Symphony No. 5: Toccata............................................... Charles-Marie Widor