White’s last chapter takes up the topic of occasional services. He notes, “The mountain peaks and valleys of life are occasions for Christian worship just as surely as the flat plains of day-by-day living are.” Historically these have included: marriage (for most), ordination (for some), religions commissioning (for some), and death (for all). Of these let us consider the service of marriage. Marriage is one service where we need to spend more time asking the hard why we do what we do (WWDWWD) questions. White gets to the interesting intersection of the secular and sacred in the marriage service.
There are few, if any, occasions more joyful than a wedding. Yet the church’s approach to weddings has been a slow and cautious one, always willing to leave most of the festivities outside the church door. Even now the wedding … Read More »