Story of Our Stained Glass Window

The dream of a stained glass window in our new sanctuary generated creative energy in our congregation. Several drawings were submitted, and all were very carefully drawn and very beautiful.

On a Saturday in January, 2002, I found myself musing about the window and the submitted sketches. There were elements of each that I liked very much, and I began to doodle on the only piece of paper on my table -- a napkin. The result is the window you now see.

The Cross is central to who were are as Christians, so that deserved center stage. Martin Luther designed “The Luther Rose” as a symbol of our life with Christ, so I put that in the cross-piece of the Cross.

The Sacraments are central to us as well; they are the means by which we tangibly experience the grace and forgiveness of God! As a result, grapes and wheat, chalice and paten were added to the space about the Cross. I added the deep blue background to symbolize the waters of Baptism, so that each time we view this window, we can be reminded of both Sacraments.

But the drawing still needed something more, because the Cross and Sacraments were all by themselves. Finally, I added the people who gather around the Cross holding hands. Without the people, the Sacraments lose some of their meaning. Without the Sacraments, so do we. The people of God who find the center of who they are through Jesus and through the Cross are the Church. We hold hands to show our unity, and we are different colors to show our diversity and uniqueness.

When the Sanctuary Committee chose my design, they added the shells in the corners to symbolize Baptism, and the doves in the other corners to symbolize the coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives at that moment. Both symbols underscore the importance of that Baptismal event in our lives.

The window is installed behind the altar, and has now become a focal point in our worship. Each time you view this window, I hope you are reminded of God’s tremendous love for the whole world, and the gift that Jesus gave us -- himself!

 

The Rev. Kimberlee A. Lekas August 2002


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