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Glass 1-11

This photo tour of our Art Glass starts at the Chancel and moves counter clockwise around the main Church area, including the Narthex and other rooms.
 
The Holy Trinity
This art glass window located in the chancel is a portrayal of the Christian doctrine of the God in His Triune character as Father Son and Holy Spirit.
The left section depicts God the Father by the traditional symbol of the hand by which all things are made and kept. In it appear the sun, moon and stars along with a bird, fish and planet as representative of creation.
The center section depicts God the Son in the form of the triumphant Lamb of God. Jesus Christ was offered for the sin of the world as lambs had been in the cultis of Israel. With the banner of triumph the Lamb is on the book with seven seals as referred to in Revelation, Chapter 5.
The right section represents God the Holy Spirit in the likeness of the dove as at the Baptism of Jesus. Also appearing here are the seven flames symbolizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit - wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, the fear of the Lord and patience - to the Messiah from Isaiah, Chapter 11.
 
 
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The Church in History
This window on the left depicts two periods in the history of the Christian Church.
The section to the left is a treatment of Henry Melchior Muhlenburg, regarded as the Father of Lutheranism in the United States. At the top is Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, PA, which Muhlenburg built and served as pastor. The flag depicts his association, along with his family, with the life of colonial America. Below are the docks of Philadelphia where immigrants served by Muhlenburg arrived.
To the right is portrayed the work of the church today. Foreign missions, church worship, charities and education are shown. The section on education is represented by the tower of the seminary at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, now named Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
This window on the right depicts two periods in the history of the Christian Church.
The section to the left depicts Athanasius who in the fourth century defended the orthodox faith in different general councils. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity was especially discussed. The pyramid and palm tree represent the residence of Athanasius in Alexandra, Egypt, where he was also a bishop portrayed by the mitre and staff.
Next to this is a portrayal of Martin Luther at his stand before the Diet of Worms in 1521. At the top is included the entrance to the city of Worms at the time. Below the main figure are the Ninety-five theses with an ink quill and horn representing the writings of the reformer.
 
 
The Apostolic Church
This window depicts the experiences of the early church as recorded in the Book of Acts.
The left section portrays the day of Pentecost with the Holy Spirit descending upon the church as tongues of fire thereby empowering the disciples to witness unto Christ. At the bottom is the vision of St. Peter of unclean animals leading the church to realize that the gospel was for Gentile as well as Jew.
Portrayed above in the center section is the stoning of St. Stephen. Underneath this is the Conversion of St. Paul, with Christ saying to him - "Why persecutest thou me?" At the bottom is the sword and book that is the traditional symbol of Paul the Apostle.
The right section is a portrayal of Paul preaching at Athens. The building with its pillars represents the Grecian city. In the lower part, the apostle is depicted as writing his epistles in prison near the end of his life.
 
 
The Resurrection of Christ
The left section portrays the women at the tomb with the angel announcing to them that He is risen. The tomb is empty with the linen cloths in which Jesus was wrapped lying therein. At the bottom is the phoenix, a mythical bird, which symbolizes the resurrection.
The center section represents the "Appearance of Jesus" to the eleven disciples in the Upper Room after the resurrection. The wounds of Christ are offered as proof of his being the one crucified.
The right section depicts the "Commission of Jesus to the Church". Above is the Word with a shell and three drops of Water. This refers to the teaching of the church with its baptizing in the name of the Triune God. Jesus himself holds the keys of death and hell as symbols of his authority over the worlds with his disciples ready to go forth. The ship is a symbol of the church.
 
 
The Passion of Christ
The left portrays the entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It emphasizes the He comes in peace as the Messiah of Israel. The palm branches are representative of those laid on the road by the throngs.
The middle section is that of Jesus in Gethsemane where He prays before the cross - "Father, it is possible, let this cup pass from me." Nearby are the disciples, Peter, James and John, who sleep in the garden despite the agony of their Master. Previous to this, the disciples shared in the Last Supper depicted by the grapes and wheat at the bottom.
The last section represents the Crucifixion of Jesus as He cries out in victory - "It is finished." At the bottom is the portrayal of the veil of the temple being rent in two from the top to the bottom signifying the cross as having ended the Jewish rites as the means of reconciliation with God.
 
 
The Bridal Lounge (First of 2)
All the windows in the Bridal Lounge depict various incidents and persons in the Scriptures that relate to marriage and family.
Jacob and Rachel
As a young man who had deceived his brother, Jacob is forced to leave his mother and father, Isaac and Rebecca. Going to the land of Haran, he meets Rachel, whom he loves and with whom he returns to Canaan. Two of Jacob's twelve sons, Joseph and Benjamin, are born to him by Rachel.
Ruth and Naomi
Naomi and her husband, Elimelech, and their two sons move from Canaan to Moab. While there, the two sons marry young women from Moab - Orpah and Ruth. After the death of her husband and two sons, Naomi decided to return to Canaan. Ruth insists on going with her, saying. "Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God, my God."
Jesse and David
Samuel, the spiritual leader of Israel, is instructed by God to anoint one of the sons of Jesse from Bethlehem to be the future king of the nation. The choice of God is David, the youngest of the seven sons of Jesse. David eventually becomes the greatest of Israel'' kings.
 
 
The Bridal Lounge (Second of 2)
All the windows in the Bridal Lounge depict various incidents and persons in the Scriptures that relate to marriage and family.
Marriage in Cana
The first miracle of Jesus is performed at a wedding in Cana. Mary, the mother of Jesus, informs Him that there is no more wine. In response, Jesus turns water into wine. The incident speaks of Jesus participating in the joy of marriage.
Mary, Martha and Lazarus
Two sister, Mary and Martha, and their brother, Lazarus lived in Bethany near Jerusalem, Jesus was a frequent visitor in their home. Mary was a contemplative person, while Martha was practical. Both qualities are important to the home.
Eunice, Lois and Timothy
Timothy was an associate of the apostle Paul and a pastor in the early church. In one of his letters, Paul refers to the instruction that Timothy had received in the Scripture from childhood through his grandmother, Lois and his mother, Eunice.
 
 
The Apostles
These windows are symbols of the twelve apostles. In order from left to right, top to bottom are: St. Peter, St. James, St. John, St. Andrew, St. Bartholomew, St, Philip, St. Thomas, St. Matthew, St. Jude, St. Simon, St. Matthias and St. James the Less.
Generally, the symbols in the windows depict what the apostle was credited doing in his lifetime and how he may have been martyred. It is a reminder to us that in spreading the Gospel, the early Christians were persecuted and killed.
 
 
Our Callings (First of 2)
These windows in the Narthex represent the various callings out of which those of Christ come to worship. From worship they return to these callings in order to serve Him in daily life. At the top of each window is a symbol of Christian faith with rays from it penetrating the various callings.
To the left of the main doors are depicted Art and Science. A palette and a staff of music represent Art. Science is depicted by a symbol of the atom and also calipers measuring the earth.
Next to it is a window depicting Government and Business. The mace of authority in government is related to the scale of justice. Below this is the portrayal of business with its offices and transportation.
 
 
Our Callings (Second of 2)
These windows in the Narthex represent the various callings out of which those of Christ come to worship. From worship they return to these callings in order to serve Him in daily life. At the top of each window is a symbol of Christian faith with rays from it penetrating the various callings.
To the right of the main doors are depicted the callings of Home and School. A dinner table represents the experience of life in a home. School is shown in terms of a desk and books with an algebraic formula.
Next to this is portrayed Labor and Industry. The shovel is a symbol of all work being done to the glory of God, with industry represented by the meshing gears also called to do the same.

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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.

 

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