A Christian marriage is initiated in a service of worship. We are, in essence, thanking God for the gift that each of you is, and celebrating the giving of yourselves in trust to each other. We are also inviting God’s presence and partnership in the marriage and asking the congregation’s support. The service often used in the Puyallup United Methodist Church is an edited version of a liturgy dating back at least 1500 years within the Christian community. For those who desire a more contemporary or less traditional service, please speak to the pastor.
A line in a traditional wedding liturgy helps us understand both the celebration and the sacredness of marriage. “It is not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly and in respect of God.” It is our aim in premarital sessions, rehearsal and wedding to have all things work together in heart, mind and action to prepare for a joyful act of worship celebrating your marriage and the beginning of an enduring lifelong commitment.
It is our policy that one of the pastors serving within Puyallup United Methodist Church will officiate at your wedding. A request for a particular pastor will be considered by the Pastoral Team.
Someone from the church office will notify you of the name and phone number of the assigned Pastor. It is your responsibility to make an appointment for an introductory session. At that meeting you will schedule pre-marital counseling sessions. (A wedding to be held at Puyallup UMC requires several premarital counseling sessions). During meeting time, wedding planning will also be discussed.