Anticipating a special event in your life such as a wedding or baptism? Looking for a place to celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed? If so, please contact Rev. Bagley to schedule a time to discuss.
It is significant that you have chosen to be married through the ministry of the Church. We assume you have come to the Church because you want to be married within the context of the Judeo-Christian tradition, that you identify with the heritage, and that you perceive marriage as the appropriate means to continue your relationship.
When we speak of marriage at the Church, two key words are helpful in remembering the meaning of marriage: Covenant and Commitment. Covenant, while having ancient legal meaning, is also a faith term. The ancient legal understanding of covenant meant “an agreement between two or more parties”. Later, God’s people understood there to be a particular covenant, or agreement, between them and God. This covenant was based upon promises God made to God’s people. We believe our God has promised to love, to care, and to assist us forever. Therefore, the Judeo-Christian heritage understands our relationship with God to be a “Covenantal” one. Such an understanding of covenant provides us with a model for the marriage covenant. Just as the covenant with God provides the Church with an identity as the people of God, so too does marriage provide us with a new identity. As we join in the covenant of marriage, we find ourselves becoming part of a new family, complete with new traditions, and new opportunities.
Baptisms are performed during worship services throughout the year. The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Through baptism a person is joined with the universal church, the body of Christ. In baptism, God works in us the power of forgiveness, the renewal of the spirit, and the knowledge of the call to be God’s people always. We celebrate both infant and adult baptisms.
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