Rector's Weekly Message

In this Sunday's gospel Jesus tells the parable of the king who holds a wedding banquet.  The core message seems to be that when you are invited to a wedding, go, and be sure to dress appropriately, namely with Christian love and support for the happy couple.  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued an order at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, that same-sex marriages can begin in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

In dialogues on the question of whether and when St. Luke's would offer same sex marriages I stated that I personally support marriage for persons of all genders based on common pastoral standards and expectations, including that there be legal and authorized rites for these marriages.  The Episcopal Church has authorized a separate rite for same sex marriage.

Bishop Johnston has provided guidelines for parishes.  And now the Commonwealth of Virginia is issuing marriage licenses.  

Now it is time for the church to graciously extend the blessing of marriage to all persons willing to abide by the common standards and expectations of marriage.  This in no way threatens "traditional marriage".  Rather  I believe, it strengthens the institution of marriage and it reinforces the principles of equality and dignity among all human beings.  

I hope that in response to this newly expanded opportunity all members of Christ's household will clothe ourselves with Christian love and support for those called to Christian marriage, to celebrate with them and support them in keeping promises to love and be faithful one to another until death.