The pastors and staff at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC) consider it a privilege to assist you in having your wedding service here. In addition to assuring that the service is a beautiful beginning to a vital and successful marriage, the pastoral staff will continue to be available to you for consultation and support as your life as husband and wife unfolds.
We hope that you will find the information here helpful in resolving questions you may have about planning a wedding service at MAPC. We have attempted to address general as well as more detailed concerns that are often discussed in conferences with couples anticipating marriage. Please read through this brochure, noting any questions you may have.
A Christian wedding involves not only the bride and groom but also a community of family and friends who come together as worshipers for the marriage service, seeking God's blessing in the life of the bride and groom. It is a joyous and reverent celebration of God's grace, active in the lives of all husbands and wives, parents and children, family and friends.
The service proclaims that marriage is a gift created by God, blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit. It presumes that you both share the belief that marriage is a life-long covenant of mutual love, faithfulness and service. It also presumes you want your wedding to take place in the church as an expression of your own faith and desire to have God as an ongoing partner in your marriage.
The Service for Christian Marriage of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is the official service used for weddings at MAPC. Because the ceremony is a witness to the Christian gospel and its understanding of marriage, the content of the service is under the supervision of the officiating pastor. Within the liturgy there are ample opportunities for a couple to shape a service that expresses their lives and faith commitments. Members of the wedding party, family or friends may participate in the service. While the officiating pastor will provide a list of suggested scripture readings from which to choose, the liturgy also provides opportunities for specific requests for music, scripture lessons, hymns, the celebration of the Lord's Supper and the inclusion of other personalized expressions of commitment.