Music in the Church
This window depicts Music in the Church from the time of the Old Testament to the modern day.
The left section portrays David as the psalmist of Israel. Near him is a sheep and staff recalling his writing the familiar 23rd Psalm. Below the figure of David is one of Zacharias representing music from the New Testament. Zacharias is remembering for the Benedictus of Luke 1, sung after he learns that he is to be the father of John the Baptist. The camel hair coat and locust symbolize John the Baptist.
The center section portrays Martin Luther who helped restore congregational singing in the church during the Reformation. Luther himself composed such hymns as "A Mighty Fortress"; "From Heaven Above" and "Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands". Below him is portrayed Philip Nicolai, a Lutheran pastor who helped in developing the chorale as one of the richest forms of hymnody. Nicolai is the author of the king and queen of chorales - "Wake, Awake for Night is Flying" and "How Brightly Beams the Morning Star".
In the right section Isaac Watts, an English writer of hymns, appears. Watts is known as the father of English hymnody. From him have been received such hymns as "Jesus Shall Reign" and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross". Below him is a portrayal of Johann Sebastian Bach regarded as the greatest of church musicians. A Lutheran organist and choirmaster, Bach wrote such great cantatas as "The Passion of our Lord, According to St. Matthew". At the bottom is a portrayal of Ralph Vaughn-Williams, and English composer of recent times. Used frequently in our worship is his arrangement of "For All the Saints".
The Praise of God
The window depicts the Praise of God as in Psalm 148.
The left section portrays the words of the Psalmist - "Praise the Lord from the heavens". In it appears the praise of angels with trumpets. With them are also depicted the sun and moon, clouds and planets. In addition, a space ship appears as on Christmas Eve 1969, with American astronauts reading from Genesis 1.
The right section portrays the words of the Psalmist - "Praise the Lord from the earth". This is heard from creatures of the sea and birds of the air. Animals on the land and persons at their work also share in the praise is portrayed as coming from a family within the home.
The Cry Room (First of 2)
Flight into Egypt
This window portrays Mary and Joseph escaping to Egypt with the Child Jesus because of Herod threatening the death of all male children in the area of Bethlehem after Jesus is born there. As the child, now a little older, entertains Himself, Joseph cares for the donkey and Mary prepares a meal in the likeness of a modern camping experience. The window thus shows the care of God for the Child despite the threat to His life.
Jesus Blesses the Children
This window portrays Jesus blessing the children brought to Him by their parents despite the objections of the apostles. His words - "Let the children come to me and forbid them not" - apply to children of all time. Jesus further uses these children as an example of reliance and humility for all who belong to the Kingdom of God.
The Cry Room (Second of 2)
Noah and the Ark
This window portrays different pairs of animals entering the ark built by Noah before the flood. Included in the portrayal are lions, cows, giraffes, elephants and camels. A lovely feature includes one child asking Noah if her rabbit can be out on board with another child pushing his sheep toward the ark.
Baby Moses
This window portrays the Pharaoh's daughter finding the baby Moses in the reeds with his sister looking on. His sister reunites Moses with his mother (acting as a nursemaid) until the Pharaoh's daughter adopts him.
Eli and Samuel
The window portrays the calling of Samuel to serve with the Word of God. As a small boy, Samuel had been taken to the sanctuary of Israel in Shiloh where Eli was the priest. During the night, as Eli and Samuel were sleeping, the Lord calls the young boy to become a prophet. Eli informs Samuel to respond by saying, "Speak, Lord, for your servant hears."
Life of Christ
The first window is a portrayal of The Annunciation recorded in Luke 1: 26-38. The angel Gabriel with the lily in his hand as a symbol of the Virgin, visits Mary in Nazareth announcing that she is to bear Jesus. The dove above the figure represents the Holy Spirit coming upon Mary as promised by the angel.
The next window depicts The Nativity recorded in Luke 2: 1-14. The Christ is brought forth and laid in a manger, its straw here shown. Joseph stands above Mary and Jesus as the protector of both. The Star of Bethlehem is prominent at the top. Below, the shepherds are depicted by the staffs, and the Magi by the three crowns.
The last window represents Jesus in the Temple at twelve years of age as recorded in Luke 2: 41-52. The book and scrolls show his interest in the Scriptures. Here too, the doctors are astounded at his interest and understanding. The lamp above symbolizes knowledge recalling Psalm 119 - "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet." Below is the carpenter's plane with its shavings to depict Jesus' simple life in Nazareth.
Ministry to Men
The first window is a portrayal of the Baptism of Jesus with which his ministry begins as recorded in all the gospels. Jesus is with John the Baptist at the River Jordan with the shell as a symbol of the incident. The words - Ecce Agnus Dei (Behold the Lamb of God) - also appears as spoken by John with the symbol at the bottom.
The next window depicts the nature of Christ's ministry in healing and teaching. A crippled man approaches Him for mercy with the assurance of being heard. At the bottom is an interesting treatment of the reference in Matthew 7: 24-27 of one doing the words of Christ being like unto a man building a house upon a rock and one not doing them like unto a man building upon sand.
The last section portrays the climax of the Ministry of Christ. It is the confession of St. Peter -"Thou art Christ, the Son of the Living God" - at Caesarea Philippi. Here is represented the faith of all the disciples after having been with Christ three years. Above is depicted the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus represented by the cross, Moses by the tablets of the law and Elizah by the fiery chariot. At the bottom are the crossed keys, the historic symbol of St. Peter.
The Old Testament
At the top of the left section is an eye in a swirl of stars symbolizing God's work of creation. Beneath it is a portrayal of Adam and Eve who represented the climax of all God has made. At the bottom is the serpent through which they are tempted with the flaming sword depicting their expulsion from the garden on Eden.
In the middle section is Abraham who is called as the man through whom God's purpose of redemption is to be realized. His name of Abram is changed to Abraham meaning "the father of a multitude". Across Abraham is a sash with a cross, a star of David and a crescent and sword representing the idea that the three religions -Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - trace their spiritual ancestry to Abraham. Below the stars, used to depict the numerous ancestry of Abraham, is a representation of his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac with the ram in the thicket that is offered instead.
To the right is the call of Isiah in the temple whose mouth is purged with a live coal so that he might prophesy. Below the figure is a symbol of the man treading out the winepress as an indication of the suffering Messiah. The tree stump with a shoot to the side represents his prophesy of the Messiah - "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots."
The Consummation
This window is best seen from the chancel area facing the rear of the church.
In the center portion is represented a throne and a crown with Chi Rho for the Lordship of Christ. The Alpha and Omega depicts the Beginning and the End of all things. Participating in the triumph, however, are also the Father, represented by the hand, and the Holy Spirit, represented by the dove.
The tongs and coals of fire portray the prophet Isiah and the watchtower for the prophet Ezekial.
Figures of the New Testament are portrayed by the keys for the Apostle Peter and the sword and book for the Apostle Paul.
At the top of the center section is a ship as a symbol for the church who is to share in the Consummation and the open tomb signifying the basis for our hope of the triumph of God.