Groomsmen are usually close friends and family of the groom. The Catholic Church has no strict rule about this. Since this practice was unknown in the New Testament or even the early Catholic church, it is speculative. Hi Crisia! 3:23; Rom. If repentance becomes a "game" with God, if we don't really want or intend to stop committing a certain sin (say stealing), and if we go on stealing and living always in that sin of stealing, then we place ourselves in grave spiritual danger. Others answer this question by pointing to God's sovereign will: God himself predestines from eternity some to be saved and others to be damned. Do the sponsors have to walk down the aisle as well? For more information, you may want to read the Synod's theological commission report titled The End Times: A Study of Eschatology and Millennialism. 2:3-4). 2:13. 28:18-20), or it will die. First, we are a close fellowship. Could you help me to understand repentance? Consistent with Synod Board policy, no more than 13.5 percent of a charitable contribution may be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors. Therefore, assurance of salvation is to be sought by looking to God's Word and promises in Christ (which create and strengthen the faith through which one is saved), not by looking inward at the strength or weakness of one's own faith (which creates either pride and false assurance or doubt and lack of assurance). God does no evil. Hi, Is it okay to have your older sister or brother as your primary sponsors? ANSWER: Infants are included in “all nations" who are to be baptized (Matt. I have bridesmen, can they be partners? Is concern about this sin evidence that one has not committed it? Similarly, my fiancee’s closest friends (save for her sister, who will be maid of honor) are male. You can assign them to any role. Your congregation may want to consider purchasing The Altar Guild Manual as it covers a variety of altar guild functions that include displaying, cleaning and storing paraments and linens appropriately; caring for sacramental vessels and vestments; preparing for and cleaning up after worship services; ordering supplies and more. His answer follows: Christ, the Savior of the world, answered the first question in this way: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16). For Catholic Church wedding, can the bestman be a best WOMAN? Forever eliminated is the possibility of falling away from God. Scripture also gives witness to God punishing the wicked (Proverbs) and punishing individuals and even whole nations for evil (Egyptians, Israel for their wickedness and idolatry, etc.). Happy planning! Drinking from the community cup seems to be the traditional and proper way. Work while it is day before night comes when we cannot work, knowing God has given us a purpose and things to do for Him in this short life. The people of the Bible, including Jesus, were baptized using the immersion method. Hi ma’am Pia, We’re still on a planning stage, may I ask on how many should we list on our wedding entourage, like how many pairs of principal sponsor, secondary, and etc? However, Lutheran practice would require that the pastor consecrate this bread together with the elements being used in the Communion service. This blessedness will bring with it the joy of being in eternal communion with fellow believers, whom we have reason to believe we shall recognize (cf. Traditionally, the flower girl’s main duty is to scatter flower petals as she walks down the aisle. thanks. Hi! Is it okay to have 2 MOHs? Lutherans believe and confess them not because they are "rational" and "logical," but because this is what we find taught in Scripture. Our need for Baptism (Psalm 51:5; John 3:5-7; Acts 2:38; Rom. More than one version of the second line of text is known among Lutherans in this country, including “Let these gifts to us be blest,” “Let Thy gifts to us be blest” and “Let these Thy gifts to us be blest,” as well as other variations. Hi Shan, yes, no problem with that!Enjoy wedding planning! If we want to keep on sinning, we need to ask ourselves if we have really repented. Perfectly okay! How we treat them after the service should never lose sight of that great mystery of faith. The Maid of Honor, Best Man, Bridesmaids, and Groomsmen are not a part of the principal sponsors or secondary sponsors. In traditional Catholic Church weddings, there are usually three types of bearers. 12:3). Hi Sirkhent! QUESTION: How does the Church feel about the theological tension between the universal offer of salvation (Matt. QUESTION: Listening to a sermon on Sunday, the pastor was telling us we should lead good lives and try not to sin. Hi! Good pastoral practice prior to Baptism includes a reminder to the parents about the necessity of such ongoing nurture in the faith. Whatever you decide to do, just always think of why it’s important for you. The Didache requires the administrant of Baptism to “pour water three times on the head” (7:3). The earliest known printing of the text is in a Moravian hymnal, Etwas vom Liede Mosis, des Knechts Gottes, und dem Liede des Lammes, das ist: Alt- und neuer Brüder-Gesang ... (London, 1753). Because of the horrible doom awaiting all those who do not believe in Jesus, we should seek to reach as many as possible with our own fearless witness and ardently support the missionary endeavors of our church on behalf of those whom we cannot reach with our own voice. Can we have one of principal sponsor as the parents of the groom? The maid or matron of honor will help you with everything wedding related. Hi! Any decision in this area is to be marked by Christian liberty and charity.”. It should be noted that very early in Christian history methods other than immersion were used and allowed. Christ's good works will be the products of that faith, and those good works will be the public signs on which Christ will pronounce His public final judgment (Matthew 25). Hi Issa, yes it’s possible also. The point here is to recognize the fact that these elements were used in the service to deliver our Lord’s very body and blood to us. is it possible if our maid of honor ,best man,veil,cord and candle (partner) can be also our Bridesmaid and Groomsmen? Will this be okay in a church wedding? You can also just say “entourage”. Should bridesmaids and secondary sponsors be single?not married or pregnant? We know God is Good and Gracious and Loving in giving us the Way, the Truth and the Life for our salvation, our Savior Jesus. Hi Clariz, yes it’s okay! ANSWER: Repentance means first of all, to acknowledge our sins, to be truly sorry for them. Our death ends sin, the Scripture says. notes that wheat, rye and barley must typically be avoided, but not necessarily oats, corn or rice. The committee preparing HS98 has chosen the version that seems to be most widely used in this country; this version also avoids the problem of the archaic word “thy.”. The Christian is not saved by KNOWING he has faith. But does that potentially put me in harm's way? 6:14 to be that the stubborn, persistent refusal to forgive others is evidence of a blinded and hardened heart which lacks a real understanding of and faith in God's forgiveness in Christ. What is the LCMS position on early Communion? ANSWER: In his book What's the Answer? If one is predestined to be adopted as a redeemed child of God, then does it follow that another is predestined to not be adopted and therefore damned? See, we Southerners actually have quite the way with the English language, and have even produced a few much beloved wordsmiths over the years. While Scripture does not tell us whether Christ’s body and blood are still present in the bread and wine after Communion, we should still treat what remains with greatest reverence. As we trust in Jesus' merits, God forgives and saves us. For Catholic Church weddings, you’ll need to have three pairs of secondary sponsors. 3:20-21; 1 Cor. As to the second point we might say: Whether individual Lutheran pastors have ever baptized stillborn children immediately upon their arrival, we do not know, and to our knowledge such practice has never been sanctioned by our church. Is it being sorry for your sins and confessing them to God, or does it mean to stop committing a certain sin? 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