Art in the Sanctuary – Stained Glass

Stained Glass

The stained glass window on the east was designed and installed by Dieterich Spahn in 1979-80 and the west and south windows 3-4 years later.

 Creation window  

Creation Window

The west window is the creation window and represents the Genesis story. At the top is the hand of God creating the world. The creation of the heavens and earth, and the land and the seas are seen in the blues and greens, and day and night in the sun and the stars and moon. God then let the land produce vegetation, the water teem with living creatures, the birds fly above the earth, and he made all the wild animals, livestock, and all the creatures that move on the ground. He then made man in His own image. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

 Christ window Christ Window

The Christ window on the south, over the front entry to the sanctuary, depicts Psalm 23. The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul. The Lord with shepherd’s crook and lamb stands by the blues of quiet waters and greens of pastures.

Holy Spirit window Holy Spirit Window

The east, Holy Spirit window, represents the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes the form of a dove in Matthew 3: 16-17: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” The dove descends through a background of reds and pinks, colors of the Pentecost, coming into the earthly environment, represented in the blues and greens at the bottom of the window. Images of flames surround the dove. In Acts 2:3-4, the apostles “… saw what seemed to be tongues of flame that separated and came to rest on each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit…” There are nine separate flames in the window, representing the nine fruits of the spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5: 22).

 

 

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