Get Married at Epiphany
Working with couples preparing for marriage is a happy occasion for us at Epiphany. Our aim is to help in every way—by encouraging, affirming, and supporting during the preparatory period and at the time of the marriage. We are eager to help make your wedding a joyful and meaningful experience. We will do our best to keep it from being more stressful than it needs to be.
Marriage is one of the most challenging and rewarding human relationships, one that is meant to be lived out in a community of faith that supports and nurtures those seeking to grow in love, forgiveness, justice, and compassion. When you choose to be married at Epiphany, we invite and encourage you to be supported by and committed to this church community. If you live out of town, we invite and encourage you to find a community at home that will support you in your life together.
Reading the attached booklet is your first step in letting us help prepare you for both your wedding and your marriage.
In our work with couples of all ages, we understand that the planning of weddings, large or small, can at times eclipse the marriage itself at this stage of your inquiry. That’s why we believe it is helpful at this time to be both welcoming and clear about what we believe and practice, and what we can offer you in terms of where and how your wedding will be celebrated.
Preparing for marriage is a holy time. We pray that God’s blessing will be with all who participate.
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. While death is a difficult journey for those left behind, we believe that our future reunion justifies us in making a funeral service uplifting and redemptive.
The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy in the certainty that “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.
For more information or to plan a funeral, please contact Diane Carlisle.