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.