While many customs and traditions have secular origins, the purpose of a Christian wedding is to worship before God: to acknowledge God’s gracious love in which the marriage of two persons might grow, to hear words of guidance from Scripture, to pray for this marriage and all marriages, and to make a public promise of faithfulness to each other in the marriage vows.
Couples desiring a wedding at Messiah Lutheran Church should be willing to affirm these religious purposes when making arrangements for the church and presiding minister.
Couples interested in being married at Messiah Lutheran should contact the church office at 718-356-1050 to make arrangements to discuss their plans with the pastor. It is helpful to have a Marriage Information Form completed prior to your visit. The form can be found here.
Fees for Weddings:
Church $ 330.00
Pastor $ 175.00
Organist $ 175.00
Sexton $ 35.00
Altar Guild $ 35.00
TOTAL: $ 750.00
Solist ~ Fees and payments for the soloist or other musicians is between the couple and the musicians. Bulletins $ 25.00. Unity Candle $ 50.00.
Fees and the valid State Marriage license are due at the time of rehearsal (or no later than the day before the wedding). Fees will be paid in cash, although the fee for use of church may be present by check.
Who can get married at Messiah Lutheran Church?
Messiah Lutheran does not prohibit any couple who can be legally married in the state of New York from holding a wedding at the church. However, the pastor may decide this church is not appropriate for a couple’s wedding. All weddings are subject to final approval by the pastor. Membership at Messiah, or being of Lutheran faith is not required to holding your wedding here.
Notes on the wedding ceremony: The presiding minister will assist couples in personalizing their wedding ceremony. These are some popular suggestions to consider when planning your ceremony:
Couples are encouraged to choose their own scripture reading for the worship. You may chose one or more friends or family members to serve as lectorsduring the worship service and read one or more of the readings. Many Biblical texts are appropriate including the following:
Psalms: 33, 100, 117, 127, 128, 136, and 150
Old Testament: Genesis 1:26-31 Genesis 2:18-24 Ruth 1:15-18
New Testament: Romans 12:1-2, 9-13 I Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13 Ephesians 3:14-19 Ephesians 5:21-33
Gospels: Matthew 5:1-12a Matthew 13-15 Matthew 19:3-6 Song of Solomon 2:10-13 Song of Solomon 8:7 Isaiah 63:7-9 Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a, Revelation 19:1, 5-9a I John 3:18-24 I John 4:7-16 Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 22:35-40 Mark 10:6-9 John 2:1-11 John 15:9-12, 9-17
Hymns for Weddings
- “Although I Speak with Angel’s Tongue”
- For the Beauty of the Earth”
- “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”
- “Hear Us Now, Our God and Father”
- “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
- “Let All Things Now Living”
- “Lord of All Hopefulness”
- “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
- “Now Thank We All Our God”
- “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
- “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
- “This Is a Day, Lord, Gladly Awaited”
- “What Wondrous Love Is This”
- “When Love Is Found”
Processional Music(As the wedding party enters the church sanctuary)
- “Air” from Water Music by Handel
- “Arioso” by Bach 48. “Bridal March” by Wagner
- “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
- “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach
- “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven” by Hustad
Recessional Music (As the wedding party leaves the church sanctuary)
- “Hornpipe” from Water Music by Handel
- “Fanfare” by Lemmens
- “God of Grace and God of Glory” by Manz
- “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” by Burkhardt
- “Prelude and Fugue in C” by Bach
- “Prelude and Fugue in F” by Bach
- “Psalm 19” by Marcello
- “Trumpet Voluntary in D” by Clarke
- “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn