BAPTISM. Holy Baptism is a sacrament by which God welcomes new members into Christ's Body, the Christian Church,
and offers them a place in the reign of God as expressed through the Christian faith. The Christian Church calendar
has four feast days on which Baptisms are especially appropriate. They are the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord in
January, the Easter Vigil in early spring, the Day of Pentecost in late spring, and All Saints' Day in November. To
schedule the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, please contact the Rev. Arianne R. Weeks
MARRIAGE. Christian marriage is a covenantal relationship established when two individuals make solemn and public
vows to one another in the presence of God and God's people. By vows of lifelong faithfulness and mutual love, care
and respect, the wedding couple becomes a sacrament, that is, "an outward and visible sign," of God's steadfast love
for creation and of Christ's mystical union with the Christian Church. Those eligible to be married at Good Shepherd
include any current member, family member who grew up in the parish, a newcomer who has been an active
communicant for at least six months, or someone with pastoral connection to the parish. Pre-marital counseling
sessions are required.
FUNERALS/MEMORIAL SERVICES. The Liturgy of the Resurrection, also known as the Burial Office, is a liturgy of the
Christian Church by which we commend a loved one who has died into the blessed rest of God's eternal peace and
affirm our belief that death is never the end as God promises new life in Christ. We offer companionship and prayer to
those whose loved ones have died and will help in planning a funeral or memorial service. We also offer internment in
We who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread.
(1 Corinthians 10:17)
This page updated April 28, 2013
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