Gettin’ Hitched

>In December I decided to get my ordination papers. I’m legit. You can call me “Reverend.”

Some may take issue with my status because I went to an online referral site/organization–American Fellowship Church–and therefore my status as a Reverend is “inferior” to some, but I didn’t do it to create a ruckus with those folks. There are a number of reasons I chose that avenue of licensure which I will not go into here. Maybe some other time, but then again . . .

I did it because as a non-ordained minister in my community, I was being asked more frequently if I perform weddings, and I had to say no. But I wanted to say yes. I love weddings. I love what marriage symbolizes. I care about what the commitment really means. I want to be a part of people’s journey into oneness as a couple.

So, I did it. Now I can solemnify a couple’s commitment to one another on that very important day of all days.

It didn’t come without some wrestling, however. Because Medora is simply a destination place for many couples to say, “I do!” I knew that I would play a very minor role in the actual preparations for marriage. Many ministers feel a great responsibility in their involvement in joining two people together in matrimony. After all, it is a sacred union and by leading the ceremony and being a legal representative, the minister is acting on behalf of the church and God in blessing the union. How then, could I, in good conscience, marry two people whom I barely know? Aren’t I some bit responsible for helping them tend their relationship to the glory of God and the benefit of all?

On the other hand, I know that these couples are going to get married whether I preside over the ceremony or not; they’re taking the plunge, regardless. It occurred to me that I could, in some small way, be a part of what I feel strongly about. I would rather do the best I can to infuse their vows with the Spirit of God and merry blessing than risk not having those serious, spiritual elements at all.

I have promised the couples that have already scheduled my services that I will send them suggestions as to good premarital/marital materials, and will do what I can to help prepare them and make their day as easy and special as I can, no matter the size of the role I play.

Weddings are beautiful, emotional reminders of God’s love and unity displayed in the lives of men and women. And I get to be a part of that. I’m excited!

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4 Responses to “Gettin’ Hitched”
  1. Judy says:

    I am so excited for you! Congratulations!

  2. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:


  3. jamie bucher says:

    Holy Cow! I bet mom and dad are saying, "well, it's about time!" Didn't see that happening. Good work and congratulations!

  4. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:

    Jamie–I think I already told mom and dad about it, but because it was on-line I don't think it mattered as much. Now if it had been AG or something, then maybe, but . . . Thanks.

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