Ever wonder the story behind the stained glass windows in the sanctuary? Read on:
- The Nativity Window
Resplendent in Advent blue (the color of hope), Mary cradles the Christ child in her arms. Jesus is dressed purple, which is a symbol of royalty. He is King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Almighty God! The Bethlehem star hovers overhead, shining in a brilliant blue sky.
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20
- The Baptism of Our Lord
As John baptizes Jesus in the river Jordan, the heavens open and God proclaims: “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.” The dove of the Hold Spirit descends upon Jesus as he begins his earthly ministry.
Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22
- The Sermon on the Mount
Jesus’ popularity is soaring. When he sees the crowd, he goes up a mountain and teaches: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…” The Sermon on the Mount is the largest body of Christ’s ethical teaching, true today as well.
Matthew 4:23-7:28, Luke 6:20-49
- The Transfiguration
Jesus took Peter, James and John (pictured in lower panel), up to a high mountain where the glory of the Lord was revealed. Jesus is transfigured before their eyes. “His face shone like the sun and his clothes became dazzling white.” The two heroes of the Jewish faith also appear with him: Moses the law giver (on the left) and Elijah the prophet (right). Once again, God’s word is proclaimed: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!:
Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-10, Luke 9:28-36
- The Feeding of the Five Thousand
In John’s gospel, it is a young boy who offers five barley loaves and two fish to help feed the crowd of followers. Jesus, exemplifying his compassion for those in need and his ability to use the smallest of gifts, takes the loaves and fish and feeds 5,000. With twelve baskets of leftovers, we are assured that: “nothing is impossible with God.”
Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:32-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15
- The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Jesus enters Jerusalem to the shouts of the people: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Amidst waving palm branches and garments spread on the road, Jesus remains a humble servant, riding a lowly colt toward his sacrifice on the cross.
Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19
- The Last Supper
It is on the night of his betrayal that Jesus says: “This is my body, given for you. This is my blood, given for you.” Surrounded by those he calls and loves, he offers himself in bread and wine, promising the forgiveness of sin. Christ is given and shed for us as well. Thanks be to God!
Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:15-20
- The Crucifixion
Darkness covers the earth as Jesus sighs, “It is finished.” Broken and beaten, Jesus gives his life as a ransom for us all. In the window, the water-style glass at his side reminds us that the soldiers pierced his side and “at once there came out blood and water.” Yet in spite of his pain and suffering, Jesus cries out: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Matthew 27:33-61, Mark 15:22-47, Luke 23:33-56, John 19:17-42
- The Easter Transom and Window
The transom is adorned by a beautiful Easter lily – trumpeting the great news: “He Is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia.” Below, we see the empty tomb and recall the words of the angel: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen!” It is this risen Lord and Savior we worship each week. “This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia!”
Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18
- The Ascension
Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus “is taken up into heaven and seated at the right hand of God.” He promises the presence of the Holy Spirit and calls them to go and tell. We have hope – that as he lives we shall also live. We may go in peace to serve our Lord.
Mark 16:19, Luke 24:44-53
Depicting the life of Christ through art, these windows glorify God and beautify our worship space. The term “sanctuary” refers to a safe place, a space set aside for worship and reflection. These stained glass windows do just that; remind us that we are in God’s sanctuary where we can be assured of the presence of God in our lives. As you reflect on the beauty of these windows, use them as a tool for worship of Jesus Christ. In light of his life and earth, his resurrection and his promise to return, be inspired to deeper faith and service in him. Our deepest thanks to all those who made these windows possible through their prayers, their artistic and carpentry talents, their financial support and their love of Christ. A special thanks to Bill Beeman who spearheaded this project. Without his vision and dedication, this would not have been possible. To God be the glory.
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