THE PURPOSE         These guidelines have been prepared to help you plan a Christ-centered wedding ceremony,                                                        OF THESE                 appropriate for God’s house, and to inform you of the policies for weddings at Trinity.                                                          GUIDELINES

THE STATEMENT    The Holy Scriptures teach us that God, in creating the world, gave the gift of marriage to be the sacred,                                      OF BELIEF ON         life-long, union of one man and one woman united as husband and wife, in a single, exclusive, union                                MARRIAGE               (ie. Genesis 2:18-25) until death do they part. Jesus said in Matthew 19:4-6, “Haven’t you read that at                                                                                  the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his                                                                              father and his mother and be united to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ Therefore, what                                                                              God has joined together, let man never put asunder.”

                                   Marriage is a wonderful gift from God which is to be held in the highest of honor, and is to be kept pure                                                                          (ie. Hebrews 13:4, 1st Thessalonians 4:2-5). When a man and a woman freely commit themselves to love                                                                          one another, as husband and wife, the Lord joins them together as one flesh. Thus, marriage is far more                                                                          than just a social contract, a deep personal bond, a consensual union, or a romantic relationship. It is a                                                                            great gift, designed by, and given to us from our gracious Lord.

                                   Marriage cannot be rightly understood apart from another gift of God: the gift of children. As God created                                                                      the man and the woman, and gave them to each other as husband and wife, He said to them, “Be fruitful                                                                        and multiply” (ie. Genesis 1:28). As the two ‘become one flesh’, the greatest gift of the marriage union, is                                                                          when God, according to His gracious will, blesses the couple with the conception and birth of a child. The                                                                        child is, in every sense, the ‘one flesh’ of the father and mother, and the living sign of their wedded love.

                                  The Biblical setting for the gift and care of children is in the loving and Christ-centered marriage of a husband                                                                 and a wife. It is in this context that children are best nurtured within the distinctive and God-pleasing roles of                                                                 a father and a mother serving one another as husband and wife, and serving their children as daddy and mommy.

                                  The Biblical understanding of marriage is both purposeful and beautiful. Its’ purposes include: the mutual joy,                                                               support, and encouragement that is given to one another as husband and wife, the procreation and nurture of                                                             children, and the restraint of selfish-ness and sin, as each seeks to serve one another, and their Lord. Such purposes                                                   reveal a beauty so great that Ephesians 5:21-33 compares marriage to the holy union of Christ, “the bridegroom”, and                                                 His “bride”, the church. The apostle Paul writes that even as Christ, the bridegroom, pours forth His sacrificial love for                                                   His bride, the church, and she then trustingly commits her life to love and serve Him; so also, husbands are to sacrificially                                           love their wives, and wives are to willingly love and support their husbands.

                                  God’s Word teaches us that God’s gift of ‘marriage’ has only one meaning in God’s eyes: ‘the sacred, life-long, union of one                                           man and one woman, united as husband and wife, in a single, exclusive, union, until death do they part (ie. Genesis 2:18-25,                                       Matthew 19:4-6); In addition, God’s Word also instructs us that sexual intimacy is to occur only between one man and one                                           woman, united as husband and wife, in God’s gift of marriage (ie. 1st Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4, and other verses.).

                                  Our Lord further teaches us that any form of sexual immorality, delineated in His Word (ie. fornication, adultery, pornography,                                   homosexual/lesbian behavior, transgender sexuality, pan-sexuality, bi-sexuality, incest, orgies, or any form of sexual intimacy                                     outside of the God-ordained bounds of one man and one woman, united as husband and wife, in God’s gift of marriage), is                                         truly sinful and offensive to our Lord (Matthew 15:18-20; 1st Corinthians 6:9-10) and is deserving of death (ie. Romans 1:18-32;                                   Romans 6:23; and Galatians 5:19-21). Thankfully, our gracious Lord still loves all those whom He has created, even though we                                     have all sinned against Him. And He wants ‘none to perish, but everyone to come to repentance,” 2nd Peter 3:9. Therefore, He                                   proved His love for us in sending Christ to die on the cross, as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (ie. Romans 3:21-28; and 5:8).                                       As a result, God offers full and free forgiveness to all who confess and forsake their sin, and seek His mercy and grace in Jesus                                   (ie. 1st Corinthians 6:9-11, 1st John 1:8-9).

                                  Finally, God’s Word teaches us that every person is to be shown compassion, love, and kindness (Mark 12:28-31, Luke 6:31).                                       Hateful and harassing behaviors, and/or attitudes, toward any individual, are to be repudiated, for they are not in accord with                                   God’s Word, nor the love of Christ. Further, such actions and attitudes hinder the work of the Gospel from saving the lost.                                           However, let us be clear, showing someone their sin, and calling them to repent of it, is NOT a hateful or harassing behavior,                                     or attitude, but the most loving act a person can do, which has the goal of saving the sinner.

                                  This teaching on marriage is not a political opinion, a cultural bias, or our own definition, but it is the clear teaching of God’s                                       Word; and, thus, it is also the teaching of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), and of Trinity Lutheran Church,                                             Decatur, Illinois.


THE MARRIAGE     In accord with the above ‘Beliefs’, the official ‘Marriage Policy of Trinity’ is as follows:                                                                 POLICY OF                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               TRINITY                  “The marriage policy of Trinity Lutheran Church, 1960 East Johns Avenue, Decatur, Illinois (hereafter referred to as ‘Trinity’) LUTHERAN            a member congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod – is, and always has been, consistent with the synod’s beliefs CHURCH                on marriage (as stated above). We believe that marriage is the sacred, life-long, union of one man and one woman, united as                                     husband and wife, in a single, exclusive union, until death do they part, as defined in God’s Word (ie. Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew                                 19:4-6). We also believe that sexual intimacy is to occur only between one man and one woman, united as husband and wife,                                     in God’s gift of marriage (ie. 1st Corinthians 6:9-10, Hebrews 13:4), and that God gave marriage as a picture of the beautiful                                         relationship between Christ, and His bride, the church (ie. Ephesians 5:21-33). In view of same-sex marriage, we also hold to                                       the official position of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, as set forth in the 1998 Resolution 3-21 (‘To Affirm The Sanctity                                     Of Marriage And To Reject Same-Sex Unions’), which is, that homosexual unions come under categorical prohibition in both                                       the Old and New Testaments (ie. Leviticus 18:22,24, 20:13; 1st Corinthians 6:9-10;1st Timothy 1:9-10) as being contrary to the 
                                Creator’s design (ie. Romans 1:26-27). These positions and beliefs can be found on the LCMS website: , along                                       with other statements, papers, and reports on the subject of homosexuality and same-sex civil unions and ‘marriage’. Our
                                pastors WILL NOT officiate over any marriage inconsistent with our beliefs and this policy, and our church property WILL
                                NOT be used for any marriage ceremony, reception, or other activity that would be inconsistent with our beliefs and this                                             policy.” (This Updated Marriage Policy Was Passed By Trinity’s Voters On November 12th, 2017.)


LIVING                    It is very popular in our society today for couples to live together as husband and wife before they’re married. However,             TOGETHER             couples who truly desire to honor the Lord with their bodies, and who seek His blessing upon their marriage, will not do this     BEFORE                   for several reasons.                                                                                                                                                                                              MARRIAGE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One reason couples give for living together before marriage is that: “We don’t want to make a mistake. We want to be sure                                          that we’re compatible”. But notice the error? “We’re going to live together, have sex with each other – even though we’re going                                  to split up, if we can’t get along – and we’re going to sin against God, in order to avoid making a mistake.” In fact, most studies                                    show that 80% of those who live together before marriage, break up; while less than 50% of those who do not live together                                        before marriage break up. But why? No doubt it’s because in choosing to live together before marriage, the couple has already                                  chosen to not honor God with their lives; and a marriage that is not Christ-centered is doomed to fail.

                                 More importantly, when you live together outside of marriage in a sexual relationship you are breaking the Fourth Command-                                  ment, to: “Honor your father and your mother,” the Sixth Commandment, “You shall not commit adultery,” and the First                                              Commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me.” And these sins, like any sin, will separate you from your Lord                                              forever (ie. Isaiah 59:2). If you truly love your spouse-to-be, you will not encourage or help him or her, to live in any sin that                                        will separate them eternally from their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God, that Christ died for all our sins,                                                including the sins of disobedience to authority, of sex outside of marriage, and of idolatry. Complete forgiveness is God’s free                                    gift, through faith in Jesus, to all who repent of their sin.

                                 So, can couples who are living together still have a Christian wedding? The church, and the Pastor, must walk a very fine line                                      in responding to this question. In John 8, a woman who had been committing adultery was brought to Jesus. At that time                                            adultery carried the death penalty. Those who brought her to Jesus wanted to stone her to death. Jesus said, “Let him who is                                      without sin cast the first stone.” Jesus first showed the accusers their sin of not having love for a sinner in need of forgiveness.                                  Then they all left, and went away. However, and this is critical, Jesus then told the woman who had been living in the sin of                                          adultery, but whose life He had spared, “‘Is there no one left who condemns you?’ ‘No sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn                                  you. Now go, and leave your life of sin.” Jesus did forgive her, but He made it clear that He did not condone her sin, and that                                      she needed to leave her life of sin. So how do we leave our life of sin? By turning away from it in repentance, and then                                                  receiving Christ’s forgiveness as a free gift. Jesus said in Mark 2, ‘Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven!’

                                 As the Body of Christ, the Pastor and the church must follow the same pattern. To those who repent of their sin – including the                                  sins of living together and/or having sex outside of the marriage – we must assure them of the forgiveness of all of their sins,                                    through the shed blood of Christ. But we must also make it clear to the sinner, that neither Christ, nor His church, condones                                      the sins of fornication and adultery, that will lead them into everlasting separation from God. The most important point is that                                  where couples have been living together in a sexual relationship, outside of the bond of marriage, the process of being                                                married in the church MUST ALWAYS begin with repentance of their sin, as well as the receiving of Christ’s forgiveness from                                        the pastor. And then the planning of a Christian wedding, in the church, may proceed.


PREMARITAL        The Pastor will want to meet with both of you a number of times for pre-marital counseling before your wedding. He will           COUNSELING       discuss with you, both the gifts and responsibilities of marriage, as well as the arrangements for your wedding. It is important                                    that you consult with the pastor early, before you begin making your wedding plans.


THE ORGANIST    It is sometimes difficult to decide who is to be involved in your wedding. When you consider who is to play the organ for your                                     wedding, it would be a good idea to choose one who is a regular church organist, and if possible, one who is familiar with                                           wedding services in the Lutheran Church. You should also keep in mind that your organist is going to spend many hours                                             preparing music for your wedding. You will want to compensate him/her accordingly. Many organists have a set fee. Be sure to                                 discuss this when you ask him/her to play. If the organist does not have a set fee, a customary amount of compensation would                                 be between $100.00 – $300.00.


THE PASTOR        The Pastor of Trinity has been “Called by God” to conduct all of the services at Trinity. As a result, he is in charge of all wedding   MUST APPROVE  services at Trinity, to make sure that they are Christ-centered and God-pleasing. Therefore, the Pastor of Trinity must approve THE SERVICE        the entire wedding service, including the music, you are planning.


OTHER CLERGY   Only those pastors of other congregations with whom Trinity is in ‘pulpit and altar fellowship’ – only other pastors in the LCMS                                   (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) or the AALC (Association of American Lutheran Churches) – may participate in any wedding                                   at Trinity. However, be sure to discuss this with the Pastor of Trinity before extending an invitation to another pastor. Proper                                     church protocol calls for the Pastor of Trinity to contact the guest pastor you desire to participate in your wedding, and to                                           extend the invitation.


THE CHURCH       Trinity Lutheran wants you to feel comfortable and enjoy our fine church facilities. As you plan your wedding, there are a             FACILITIES            number of things that you will need to consider. If you are planning a Saturday wedding, you are asked to please schedule your                                 wedding as early in the day as possible, because of the need to have everything cleaned and set up afterwards for Sunday                                         morning worship and Bible class. We ask that weddings with a reception at the church be scheduled no later than 4:00 PM,                                         and that weddings without a reception at the church be scheduled no later than 5:00 PM.


THE FACILITY       I. Mission:  The facilities of Trinity Lutheran Church, 1960 East Johns Avenue, Decatur, Illinois (hereafter referred to as ‘Trinity’),   USE POLICY          are a gift of God to the members of Trinity. The mission of Trinity is to use all of its’ facilities to the Glory of God, by proclaiming                                 God’s redeeming love, and Christ’s forgiving blood, through the Spirit-empowered Word, so that the members of Trinity may:

                                1.  Grow in their faith, and in the knowledge of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and also to,

                                2.  Increase and support the outreach efforts of the members and ministries of Trinity to proclaim the saving Gospel of Jesus                                          Christ to our community, our nation, and our world.

                                II. Policy:  In accord with its’ mission (listed directly above), the official “Facility Use Policy” of Trinity is:

                                1.  The priority of use is always, first and foremost, for all of the core activities of Trinity, including: Divine Services, Christian                                             education, Baptisms, Confirmations, Christian weddings, Christian funerals, the various ministries of Trinity, the various                                               groups and organizations of Trinity, and for the fellowship of the body of Christ at Trinity.

                                2.  Only members, member groups, member organizations, or any of the official boards and ministries of Trinity, may host or                                          sponsor an event at Trinity.

                                3.  If members, member groups, member organizations, or any of the official boards and ministries of Trinity wish to use its’                                            facilities for non-core activities, such as: baby showers, birthday parties, private receptions, wedding showers, wedding                                                rehearsals, wedding receptions, anniversaries, family reunions, and so forth, the use of Trinity’s facilities must be approved                                        by Trinity’s Head Elder or Church President, which cannot happen until they receive a fully completed and signed copy of                                            Trinity’s “Agreement For The Use Of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Facilities” form, which may be obtained from the secretary of                                        Trinity.  

                                4.  Non-members, non-member groups, and non-member organizations are NOT allowed to host or sponsor any event at                                                Trinity; but may attend as guests, at events hosted or sponsored by members of Trinity, if they are invited.

                                5.  Outside organizations, which have a member of Trinity as a part of their organization or group, may still be allowed to use                                          the facilities of Trinity, as guests of the member hosting or sponsoring the event, but only if they agree to abide by all of the                                        following requirements:

                                     a.  The member of the organization who belongs to Trinity (or if they’re under 21, their parent(s), who must also be a                                                         member(s) of Trinity), MUST host or sponsor the event.                                                                                                                                                            b.  Both the host or sponsor of the event (an adult member of Trinity, age 21 or older), and a representative of the invited                                                 group MUST complete and sign a copy of Trinity’s “Agreement For The Use Of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Facilities” form,                                               and agree to FULLY abide by ALL of the stipulations of that Agreement.                                                                                                                                c.  The use of Trinity’s facilities must be approved by Trinity’s Head Elder or Church President, which cannot happen until                                                 they receive a fully completed and signed copy of Trinity’s “Agreement For The Use Of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Facilities”                                           form.

                                 III. Note:  We do this as a precaution to prevent Trinity’s facilities from being used by those who hold, teach, practice, advance,                                  support, or in any way promote any belief, teaching, or practice that goes against Trinity’s “Statement of Faith”, Trinity’s                                                “Marriage Policy” (see above), God’s Word (The Holy Bible), or the Lutheran Confessions, as summarized in The Book Of                                                Concord (1580). (Updated ‘Facility Use Policy’ Passed By Trinity’s Voters On November 12th, 2017)


FLOWERS AND    If Altar flowers are desired for you wedding, please note the following:                                                                                                       DECORATIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1)  Flower arrangements are to be placed on flower stands to the side of, or behind, the altar; with the exception, that,
                              2)  One small centerpiece of flowers may be placed on the altar.

                              If you wish to leave your Altar Flowers for use in the Sunday worship service, please inform the church office secretary at:                                           (217)422-3630, by Thursday morning prior to your wedding.

                              Please remember that you are still responsible for returning all floral items and stands to the florist. Please do not attach                                           anything to any of the furnishings in the chancel. Please note that the paraments (the colored hangings on the altar, pulpit                                         and lectern) of the season are the paraments that will be used for your wedding. The only exception to this is if your wedding                                     falls on a weekend when the paraments are scheduled to be changed from one color to another color. Only then may you                                         choose which one of the two colors you want for your wedding.

                              If you are thinking of having decorations in the sanctuary, please speak to the Pastor concerning your plans. Also, a general rule                               to observe is that if you use tape to secure decorations, ALWAYS use masking tape. Never use scotch tape! And never use glue!


THE WEDDING  The wedding service is a Christian worship service. This means that it is dedicated to the glory of God: the Father, the Son, and     SERVICE              the Holy Spirit; and that the Lord is to be the focal point of the service. Therefore, every aspect of the service is planned with that                              in mind. The wedding is not to be a “Country & Western” shin-dig, a “Hip-Hop” concert, a “secular Christ-less” ceremony, a Goth                                  event, or any other such arrangement. The wedding service is a Christian worship service, and every part of the service must be                                Christ-centered and God-pleasing, and must receive the pastor’s approval.


SERVICE               Just as in our Sunday morning worship services, some parts of every wedding service are always the same. However, there are    PLANNING         several parts of the wedding service which you may help plan, including:

WEDDING           There are several variations of the processional that are appropriate. The pastor will discuss these different options with you       PROCESSION     during one of your visits with him, or at the wedding rehearsal.

SCRIPTURE         You may wish to choose a theme for your wedding, based on one or more of your favorite Bible passages, and carry that theme READINGS          throughout the entire wedding service. You may also ask the pastor to pick the appropriate Scripture lessons for your wedding                                 ceremony, if you wish.

 MUSIC                Just as “Country & Western” music would not fit into a concert of Bach music (or vice versa); secular music does not fit, and is not                              appropriate for, a Christian wedding service. If you have secular music that is very meaningful to you, it would fit more properly
                             as part of the wedding reception, and/or dance. The Pastor has many CD’s of beautiful wedding processionals, songs, hymns and                              recessionals that are appropriate for a Christ-centered wedding. Feel free to borrow these CD’s to help you choose your music.

OTHER                Our church has a very nice organ, but it is the responsibility of the wedding party to secure an organist for your wedding.               MUSICAL            However, please note that other instruments may also be used, if you prefer to not use the organ. These instruments include:     INSTRUMENTS  trumpets, violins, classical guitars, flutes, and the piano, as long as they are used reverently to God’s Glory, as part of a Christ-                                     centered wedding!


A SAMPLE                                                                                THE SERVICE OF MARRIAGE FOR
ORDER OF                                                                                         OF Bride’s Full Name
SERVICE                                                                                                            And
                                                                                                              Groom’s Full Name
                                                                                                                  Wedding Date
                                                                                                          Trinity Lutheran Church
                                                                                                                  Decatur, Illinois

                                          THE PRELUDES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         THE PROCESSIONAL

                                          (The congregation rises for the entrance of the bride.)

                                         THE INVOCATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE DECLARATION OF PURPOSE                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE GIVING AWAY OF THE BRIDE
                                         THE PSALMODY (Optional)

                                         (The congregation is seated after the Psalmody.)

                                         THE SCRIPTURE LESSONS                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE SOLO OR HYMN  (Optional)                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE WEDDING ADDRESS
                                         THE SOLO OR HYMN (Optional)
                                         THE DECLARATION OF INTENT
                                         THE MARRIAGE VOWS
                                         THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS
                                         THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF MARRIAGE
                                         THE BLESSING
                                         THE LIGHTING OF THE UNITY CANDLE (Optional)
                                         THE SOLO OR HYMN (Optional)

                                          (The congregation rises for the prayers and the benediction.)

                                         THE WEDDING PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE LORD’S PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                THE BENEDICTION
                                         THE RECESSIONAL
                                         THE POSTLUDES


SUGGESTED ITEMS      PARENTS OF THE BRIDE….                                                                                                                                                                             TO LIST ON THE           PARENTS OF THE GROOM….                                                                                                                                                                         BACK OF YOUR            GRANDPARENTS OF THE BRIDE…..                                                                                                                                                               SERVICE FOLDER         GRANDPARENTS OF THE GROOM…..
                                        MAID OF HONOR….
                                        FLOWER GIRL….
                                        BEST MAN….
                                        GROOMS MEN….
                                        RING BEARER…..
                                        GUEST BOOK ATTENDANT…..
                                        PERSONAL ATTENDANTS…..
                                        GIFT ATTENDANTS…..
                                        WEDDING PLANNER…..


WEDDING            The wedding service is a Christian worship service, and, as such, is not to be disturbed by ‘roaming photographers’ and                 PICTURES             ‘roaming videographers’. Therefore, if you wish to have photographs of your wedding, there are several things to consider:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1) If you can afford the expense, it is wise to have a professional photographer, since your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event.                                2) There are advantages to having your pictures taken before the wedding. If you are having a reception, you won’t be keeping                                      your guests waiting. Also, if the pictures are taken before the wedding, you will be free to enjoy your guests immediately                                              following the service. And it’s much easier to keep the wedding party together and ready for the pictures before the wedding.                               3) There are to be no “flash” pictures taken during the wedding service, with the exception that the photographer may come up                                     the aisle one third of the way to photograph the wedding party as they process in.                                                                                                             4) During the service the photographer may take “no-flash” pictures from the overflow area, or from the balcony of the church,                                     but should remain in the back of the church.
                              5) A video recording of the wedding may be taken from the balcony, or from the side or back of the chancel area, as long as it                                         remains a still camera, and no one is in the chancel area operating the camera.                                                                                                                   6) Finally, it is wise to prepare a list of specific pictures you want taken to help the picture-shooting to run more smoothly, and to                                   help you not forget a picture that you really want taken. Viewing the wedding pictures taken at other weddings will be helpful 
                                  in making such a list for yourself and your photographer.

TRINITY IS AN    The use of alcohol – with the exception of the Lord’s Supper – the use of illicit drugs, and smoking are strictly forbidden in the ALCOHOL FREE, church facilities, and on the church grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church. If any member(s) of your wedding party are found using DRUG FREE,        consuming such substances, or to be under the influence of such substances, these actions will likely cause the delay or post-   & SMOKE FREE   ponement of your wedding ceremony. The pastor will have the final say in making this determination. If you are worried that FACILITY              someone in your wedding party may choose to use alcohol or drugs before the wedding service, you might want to reconsider                                 asking them to be in your wedding; otherwise, you MUST warn them to not participate in such behaviors in Trinity’s facilities or
                              on Trinity’s church grounds, or to come to the wedding under the influence, as this could end up canceling your wedding to your                               great sorrow, and financial cost. Please do not allow your wedding party to put you, and the pastor, in this difficult situation.


WEDDING           If you are planning a reception in the church fellowship hall, with or without the use of the kitchen, be sure to check with the         RECEPTION        church office secretary, and reserve the fellowship hall as far in advance as possible. There may be a need to coordinate your                                    preparations with other activities. Usually there are no conflicts, but, if there are, everyone needs to work together in a spirit of                                  cooperation.

 We have read, understand, and agree to FULLY comply with all of these guidelines.  

Bride-To-Be Name (Printed):________________________________________________________.

Bride-To-Be Signature:______________________________________________________________,


 Groom-To-Be Name (Printed):______________________________________________________. 

Groom-To-Be Signature:____________________________________________________________.



ADDENDUM:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WEDDING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MUSIC SUGGETIONS

A.  Processionals (Primarily Organ Music) 

Bach, J.S.                        – Sheep and Lambs May Safely Graze                                                                                                                                                                                                 – Sinfonia from the Wedding Cantata
                                        – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Pachelbel                       – Canon In D
Bender, Jan                   – Processional on “All Glory, Laud and Honor”
Boellmann, L.               – Suite Gothique
Gieschen, Thomas      – The Parish Organist, IX: Wedding Music
Jacob, G. (arr.)              – Brother James’ Air
Manz, Paul O.              – Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus
Purcell                          – Trumpet Tune I
Wetzler, Robert           – Processional on “Westminster Abbey”

B. Recessionals (Primarily Organ music)

Fleischer, H.                – O God, Our Help In Ages Past                                                                                                                                                          Gieschen, Thomas     – The Parish Organist, IX: Wedding Music                                                                                                                                              Karg-Elert, S.               – Now Thank We All Our God                                                                                                                                                                Marcell, B.                   – Psalm XIX or Psalm XX
Purcell                         – Trumpet Voluntary (This is very popular for weddings.)

C. Vocal Music (Available in most voice ranges)

Bach, J.S.                     – My Heart Ever Faithful                                                                                                                                                                                 Bunjes, Paul (ed.)      – Wedding Blessings                                                                                                                                                                              Dungan, Olive            – Eternal Life (A Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi)                                                                                                                                            Dvorak                        – God Is My Shepherd
Gore, Richard T.        – Entreat Me Not To Leave Thee
Haan, Raymond H.   – Benediction
Jacob, G. (Arr.)           – Brother James’ Air
Koehneke, Richard M. – Where There Were Two
Lloyd, Henry              – O Christ, Who Once Hast Reigned
Lovelace, Austin C.   – O God Of Love, To Thee We Bow
                                    – O Savior, Guest Most Bounteous
                                    – Jesus, Stand Beside Them
Lutkin                         – The Lord Bless You And Keep You (This is for a choir.)
Manz, Paul O.            – On My Heart Imprint Your Image
Malotte, Albert Hay  – The Lord’s Prayer
Moe, Daniel               – The Greatest Of These Is Love
Peterson, John W.     – Kneeling, Dear Savior (Altar Prayer)
Sateren, Leland B.    – We Three are One (A Wedding Song)
Smith, Michael W.    – Great Is The Lord
Wetzler, Robert        – Bless Us, God Of Loving

D. Hymns For The Congregation To Sing.

CW #600  –  “O Perfect Love”

CW #601  –  “Your Love, O Lord, Has Called Us Here”
CW #602  –  “God Of Love, And God Of Marriage”
CW #603  –  “Hear Us Now, Our God And Father”
CW #604  –  “O Love That Casts Out Fear”
LSB #395  –  “O Morning Star, How Fair And Bright”
LSB #515  –  “Rejoice! Rejoice! Believers”
LSB #540  –  “Christ, The Word Of God Incarnate”
LSB #602  –  “The Gifts Christ Freely Gives”
LSB #822  –  “Alleluia! Let Praises Ring”
LSB #858  –  “O Father All Creating”
LSB #859  –  “Lord, When You Came As Welcome Guest”
LSB #860  –  “Gracious Savior, Grant Your Blessing”
LSB #862  –  “Oh, Blest The House”
LSB #922  –  “Go My Children, With My Blessing”                              

(CW is the abbreviation for “Christian Worship”, the hymnal of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.)                                                                        (LSB is the abbreviation for “Lutheran Service Book, the hymnal of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.)

E. CD’s Of Wedding Music And Songs (Ask The Pastor)

“50 Wedding Hymns & Songs”                                                                                                                                                                                               “Classical Wedding” – Volume One
“Classical Wedding” – Volume Two
“I Will Be Here – 10 Contemporary Wedding Songs”
“I Will Be Here – 25 Of Today’s Best Wedding And Love Songs”
“To Have And To Hold – 15 Christian Songs Of Love & Marriage”
“Two Become One – A Worshipful Wedding”