Stained Glass Windows

September 14, 2011 by  
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Our seven sanctuary stained glass windows were designed by David J. Hetland especially for our church.

Based on Genesis 1:31, “It Was Very Good”
Elements of the days of Creation at the hand of God are depicted: light and darkness; waters and sky; earth, vegetation, the Tree of Life and fruit; day and night, the sun, moon, stars and planets; birds and fish; animals; and humankind–male and female.

Based on Genesis 12:2, “You Will Be a Blessing”
Following Creation, Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden for eating the forbidden fruit as various Old Testament stories unfold: the murder of Abel by Cain, Noah and the ark with the dove of peace and reconciliation, and the tower of Babel.

Based on Exodus 3:8, “A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey”
Unshackled hands suggest liberation from oppression through the pilgrimage of faith to the promise of hope–whether from the original exodus, Scandinavian immigrants, equality marches or contemporary refugees seeking resettlement. The rolling fields and buffalo are local references.

Based on Isaiah 11:1, “A Branch Shall Grow”
God’s hand emerges from heaven to illuminate the Star and to signify the coming gift of Jesus as fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah. The “peaceful kingdom” is also depicted, with anticipatory, reconciliatory animals awaiting the impending birth of the Messiah.

Based on Luke 3:22, “With You I Am Well Pleased”
Illuminated by the Star, traditional nativity images include Mary and the Christ child; the stable and crPche, an ox and a donkey; and the distant approach of the Magi. At right the Holy Spirit descends symbolically as a dove over Christ’s baptismal waters.

Based on Acts 1:8, “You Will Receive Power”
Christ’s life of service among us is detailed with signs of His preaching (afflicted figures of the beatitudes from Matthew 25), the Last Supper, washing the disciples’ feet, and His own impending crucifixion. Each of the twelve disciples is represented by traditional symbols, in order of their enlistment.

Based on Revelation 22:17, “Let Everyone Who Is Thirsty Come”
The Tree of Life with twelve fruits (discipleship) connects the earth with its images of the empty Cross to a heavenly vision of the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of a triple profile representing the Holy Trinity. In contrast, several local landmarks are suggested in the earthly city at lower right.