The Next Wedding I Perform (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The Next Wedding I Perform

One of the neat things that we pastors get to do is to perform weddings.  What a thrill it is to see a young couple declare their love before the world and to be part of their special day!

And so it’s with great excitement and emotion that I will be performing a wedding this weekend.  I have been asked to do the honors for a young couple I know up in Iowa, friends of the family.  Steven and his partner Adam have been in a loving, committed relationship for over three months now, and since Iowa is a state that believes in marriage equality, Adam and Steve have decided to tie the knot.  And I’ll be there to officiate!

I’ve been working with the couple on planning the service, and I’m really looking forward to it!  The Manilow medley, the confetti drop—I get goose bumps!  I’m already working on my sermon, “There Is Neither Male Nor Female” (Gal. 3:28).  And I may get a bit misty-eyed when it’s time to say the words “I now pronounce you man and man” and “You may kiss the spouse.”  Another thing—I’ve never worn a sequined stole before!  Say yes to the vestment, baby!

Now will Adam and Steve face problems in their marriage?  Of course they will.  Steven is a dog person, and Adam has a cat.  But love will find a way.  Butch the bulldog and Félice the cat are already in therapy, working on their relationship.  We are hopeful.

Wedding bells are about to ring!  So this weekend, it’s off to Waterloo!  It should be fabulous!

If you haven’t noticed, today is April 1st.  But the scary thing is, the stuff written above could be true!  It’s an April Fools joke, but the real joke is the idea of “gay marriage,” and the fools are those who buy into it.  That’s what the Bible calls them—fools:  “Claiming to be wise, they became fools. . . . For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another. . .” (Rom. 1:22, 26-27).

Adam and Steve, you’ll just have to find somebody else to do your wedding.


Comments

The Next Wedding I Perform (by Pr. Charles Henrickson) — 14 Comments

  1. The sad part about this is that very soon you will be forced by law or threat of lawsuit to perform this ceremony.

  2. Wayne :
    The sad part about this is that very soon you will be forced by law or threat of lawsuit to perform this ceremony.

    Even if your congregation gets out of the “wedding business” or “marriage business,” there’s always the issue of blessing an already-performed wedding (i.e., civil ceremony). It will be just as dicey. Just a continuation of the cosmic battle, that for us humans, began back in the Garden.

  3. Excellent Gaypril Fools, Pr. Henrickson. I fear, however, that nearly identical words have, are, and will be written and uttered without the slightest irony or recognition of the truth.

    When I saw your image for “My Fabulous Gay Wedding” I thought you were going to mention this:

    [SNIP] A Massachusetts charter school, grades 7-12, will host a production of the play, “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a retelling of the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters.

    See:
    http://www.wsbtv.com/ap/ap/education/some-object-to-mass-schools-gay-biblical-play/nWj6B/

  4. @Wayne #3

    The sad part about this is that very soon you will be forced by law or threat of lawsuit to perform this ceremony.

    Not only that, but “very soon” they will force us under penalty of death to become gay.

  5. Wayne :The sad part about this is that very soon you will be forced by law or threat of lawsuit to perform this ceremony.

    You are correct. Hear it from the words of the sodomites themselves: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/gay-groups-want-civil-partnerships-in-church/

    “Homosexual activists are lobbying to change the law hoping that, in the future, churches may be forced to host gay civil partnership services.

    At present the gay lobby group Stonewall is seeking an amendment to the Equality Bill which will allow churches to host the services if they wish.

    But Ben Summerskill, head of Stonewall, said: ‘Right now, faiths shouldn’t be forced to hold civil partnerships, although in ten or 20 years, that may change.'”

    http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=3633

  6. Welcome back Nicholas. I haven’t seen you post in awhile and was worried that you left us.
    As far as the “to know what kind of a person #4 kitty is….” you think way too highly of me! And I certainly don’t deserve the attention your posts normally grant. It’s true that I usually express an opinion counter to discussions and ideas worked out on this blog. However, my opinions are never very well developed and they’re usually best left ignored. Anyway, as long as you’re keeping records on me I’ll provide one that I think you’ll be quite amused with: here.

  7. 5 Meetings, for the same multiple choice test, my parents’ took before us. Not either one of our LCMS Churches, it was local for guests, for our hall. Our music was “The Lord’s Prayer”, “Entreat me not to leave thee/Song of Ruth”. I chose to say “obey” will that be said now a days? I chose to do Thee, Thou, Thine, in caps, no less.

    I so do wish, pre marital counseling, lasted longer than 6 wks & a test. Marriage is a Covenant, this bloody well should, for us firstly!!!!

    If they do come after & they will, what we do inside, for what we teach, train, & preach, had better, be better than we’ve done so far. I abhor this violation of His Word & Covenant of marriage, yet what is it, we do, for our own now? Start there, then we will all, have a firm footing to stand upon.

  8. You startled me for sure!!!…haha…oh my….thank goodness it was an April Fools Joke, I thought, oh no, not Pastor H too!!………doing well, joined St. Paul Lutheran in Des Peres, lovely Lutheran people…..Bible Classes are amazing…….Easter, standing room only!! wish it were so every Sunday………….Pastor Smith and Pastor Sabon, very good………take care…

  9. #4 Kitty :Anyway, as long as you’re keeping records on me I’ll provide one that I think you’ll be quite amused with: here.

    Here is another excellent example of the behavior of Kitty’s apparent Leftist/Islamic role model, Omid Safi, with an approving comment by Kitty at the bottom: http://omidsafi.religionnews.com/2013/04/03/to-nc-republicans/

    Kitty says: “I think it would be entertaining to watch the North Carolinian Religious Right battle it out over which is the OneTrueReligion™.”

    Apparently, she does not believe that salvation is through Christ alone. Not surprising when you support abortion and sodomy, and believe that the New Testament is nothing but forgeries: //steadfastlutherans.org/?p=27294&cpage=1#comment-808297

    Omid Safi’s post is also highly ironic coming from the same people who oppose anti-sharia legislation.

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