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Take a Tour of Our Stained-glass

We have some great stained-glass.  Photos can give you an idea, but to really enjoy the beauty of them, come and see them.  To see the sun shining through them is to truly enjoy them.

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"

John 8:12

Where shall we start?

Symbols of Faith

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Behind the altar there are  12 square panes depicting different religious symbols

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Bible Stories

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On the sides of the sanctuary are 6 multi-panel sections which depict various Bible stories.  The first windows were installed in 1971 and dedicated in 1975.

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Christ Walks on Water

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Between our main entry doors and shining light in our welcome center is the largest of our windows.  This piece features Jesus walking on water.  These were dedicated in 1978.

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Chapel Glass

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The center-piece of the chapel, this piece depicts the prophetic names of Jesus.

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Odds and Ends

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Keep your eyes open and find where these pieces shine.

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Challenge

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Can you find these details in glass?

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Symbols of Faith

Lutheran

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 The Luther seal or Luther rose designed for Martin Luther at the behest of John Frederick of Saxony in 1530.  "The Christian's heart is resting on rosesE'en while beneath the cross it reposes."

Song of Solomon 2:1  Isaiah 35:1

Luther's description

Marriage

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 This design uses two joined rings and a Latin cross to represent the joining of two lives in the presence of Christ.  The candles symbolize the Light in a new home.

John 2:1-11  Ephesians 5:22-29

Christ

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  A monogranm which uses the first two letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" = Christ -- the symbol used by Constantine I.

Gifts of God

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The cross on the rock, from which the living water flows, symbolizes the bounteous gifts of God, which flow constantly into the life of the believer through the Word and the Sacrament.
John 4:10

 

Confirmation

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The descending dove is symbol of the Holy SPirit and represents our Lord’s Baptism and the Pentecost.   Here it is a sign for Confirmation reflecting the blessing of the confirmand:  "God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give you His Holy Spirit."  

Luke 3:22, Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, John 1:32

The Trinity

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The symbol of the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The three interlocking Borromean Rings overlaid with an equilateral triangle.

1 John 5:7

Baptism

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The scalloped shell is the symbol of baptism. Here depicted with the 3 drops of water to indicate the threefold nature of the Blessed Trinity.

Matthew 28:19-20

Pentecost

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The Menorah, the seven-branched candleholder, is of Jewish origin.  For early Christians, it symbolized the 7 gifts of the Holy Spririt:  Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, Knowledge, Godliness, and the fear of God.

Revelation 1:12-13, 20  

Acts 8:14-17

Jesus

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A monogram which takes the first 3 letters of the Greek word IHCOYC, which means Jesus, with the addition of a cross over the letter H.  

Matthew 1:21 & 25 

All Saints

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The Harvest of the Lord, the symbol of All Saints includes the good wheat (the faithful) held within the crown of their reward and surrounded by the symbols of the Savior.

Matthew 13:30 & 39

Heaven

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The heavenly Zion, the final abode of the Redeemer, is symbolized by the crown of glory, the palms of victory and the stars of heaven.

Isaiah 4:2-3

Fulfillment

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The Messianic Rose combined with the candlestick becomes a symbol for prophecy and fulfillment.  Christ, the Light of the World, is the fulfillment of the Old Testament promise.

John 1:4, 1:41, 4:25, 8:12  Psalm 36:9  Isaiah 9:2

Bible Stories

Jesus's Birth

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Joseph holds a lanten over Mary and baby Jesus.

Jesus in the Temple

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Jesus as a boy with the leaned in the temple.

Loaves and Fish

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Jesus preaches to the crowd and feeds them with 5 loaves and 2 fish.

Jesus on the Cross

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Jesus and the 2 criminals on the crosses with the Roman soldier below.

Easter Morning

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The rock is rolled away

Holy Spirit Appears

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The Holy Spirit appears to the disciples

Jesus Walks on Water

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"O Thou of Little Faith, Why Didst Thou Doubt?"

The central theme of the large western facing window is based on the writings of Matthew (14:31)


Superimposed over Christ's head is the Dove representing the Holy Spirit, and the Triangle with the eye in the center, symbolizing the Trinity and God the Father

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Peter attempts to get to Jesus across the water and begins to sink in the spiraling waves of the storm, crying out to be saved.  Jesus stretched forth a hand, and took hold of him saying, "O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?" 





For more details on the West Facade Window

Christian Charity - Matthew 25:35-40

Ransom the Prisoner

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Welcome the Stanger

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Feed the Hungry

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Visit the Sick

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Clothe the Naked

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Bury the Dead

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Additional stewardship - Psalm 32:8-9

Instruct the Ignorant

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Bury the Dead

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Chapel Glass

Revelations 22:16

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Promenent above the altar.  This glass is a center-piece to the chapel.

Transom Glass

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A gift in 2016.

Odds and Ends

Welcome Center - North

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Welcome Center - South

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Choir Loft - East

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Choir Loft - West

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A quiz - Can you Identify these details?

Look high

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Look to the story

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Not lit by the sun

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Hint?

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Where would you fine a cow?

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Fire

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Additional Information - Lutheran Rose

From at letter to


 "Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. "For one who believes from the heart will be justified" (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theologiae [summary of theology]. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen. "


-- Martin Luther 

     From  a July 8, 1530 letter to Lazarus Spengler

Western Facade Window

Symbolism and meaning of the window

The central theme of the window is based on the writings of Matthew (14:31), where, after the feeding of the Five Thousand, Christ sent the Disciples in the boat across the sea ahead of him while he went up to the mountain to pray.  As the boat was crossing, a great wind and wave buffeted the boat, and the disciples were having a difficult time.  It was at this point that Jesus was seen walking upon the sea towards them, and they were greatly alarmed.  On seeing Jesus, the Disciples cried out in fear, and Jesus said,"Take courage; it is I."


But Peter said, "Lord if it is thou, bid me come unto thee over the water."  As Peter got out of the boat, and began to walk toward Jesus he was afraid and began to sink.  Crying out, "Lord save me!"  And Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, saying, "O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt!"

Thus, the central these of the story both tells a graphic story of an instance from the life of Christ, but more significantly relates to each of us as we are tossed on the stormy seas of life and its' every day adversities.  We cry out to Jesus in fear asking for His help, and he tells us in the same words - "O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt!"


The spiraling shares and tossing waves represent t6he throws of consternation we all experience in our lives, and the portrayal of Christ reaching out to help Peter, symbolizes how he also reaches out to give us his supporting hand.  Superimposed over Christ's head is the DOve representing the Holy Spirit, and the Triangle with the eye in the center, symbolizing the trinity, and God the Father.  Sweeping lines of color crisscross from side to side creating a mood of action and turmoil such as was present when this event took place.

The subjects portrayed along the side lancets of the window tell of the relationship Christ asked of us in our dealings with our fellow man.  Matthew 25:35-40.

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