Let’s face it. The concept of online ordination is completely ridiculous. Growing up in the church and attending a Christian school from K-12 and parts of college, I learned that the traditional path to ordination includes seminary or divinity school.
When my cousin asked me to marry her and her fiancé, I knew that online ordination was the only path for me to take. I spent countless hours researching ordination organizations and finally found one that not only aligned with my Christian beliefs but also was recognized by the state of California. I simply signed a belief statement, paid a “donation fee” and that was it. A couple days later, I received my Ordination Certificate, a Certificate of Good Standing, marriage/baptism certificates, a clergy parking pass (which I am most excited about), and some materials regarding marriage laws and how to information for weddings, baptisms, and funerals.
I have all the tools I need to perform the wedding next month. My nerves are definitely building up as the days and weeks breeze by. The groom is from Germany so the venue will be filled with people not accustomed to American weddings. I hope this is a good thing. Perhaps they won’t know if/when I screw up. The Americans, however, will likely know that I am not a ”seasoned” officiant. Oh well. I’m going to do my best and conduct myself with as much confidence, grace, and joy as I can. I pray the focus, as it should be, is completely bride and groom and the guests drown me out.
I hope to meet with them in a couple weeks to learn about what they want me to say and how they want the flow and tone of the ceremony to be presented.
Last year, I was the best man in two weddings. Now, I’m the officiant of one! Lord, help me!