Marriage is a gift of God, intended for the joy and mutual strength of those who enter it and for the well-being of the whole human family. God created us male and female and blessed humankind with the gifts of companionship, the capacity to love, and the care and nurture of children. Jesus affirmed the covenant of marriage and revealed God’s own self-giving love on the cross. The Holy Spirit helps those who are united in marriage to be living signs of God’s grace, love, and faithfulness.


Marriage is also a human estate, with vows publicly witnessed. The church in worship surrounds these promises with the gathering of God’s people, the witness of the word of God, and prayers of blessing and intercession.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship, “Marriage,” copyright © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Planning Your Wedding? Congratulations!

If you are planning your wedding and would like to be married at Atonement, contact our main office by email or phone, 320-252-6203, and arrange to speak with a pastor. 

You are also welcome to download and complete our wedding information sheet, Wedding Handbook, and a counseling brochure for one of the pre-marriage programs we recommend. Please note that you cannot reserve a wedding date at Atonement without consulting one of our pastors.