Pastor's Monthly MessageCome and See!
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For What It’s Worth… Our Stained Glass Windows (1 of 6)
(Below is a beautiful description of our stained glass windows written by
Pastor Sandy. You will find it a helpful tool for finding meaning in the
artistic windows which adorn our Sanctuary. Additionally, here is a listing
of all of the people from our church who helped in this long term project:
Howard Beardslee, Ann & David Bell, Bill Bixby, Bobbie Bower, Blanche
Broyles, Roy Compson, Shirley Conklin, Pat Gold, Bill Hayo, Sandy Hill,
Joann Keenan, Ginny Kopp, Keith Kopp, Jim Moore, Emil Pluhar, Bobbie
Ruby, Ray Smith, Brenda Stacy, Jack Striffler, Gayle Tolliver, Aimee
Wiegner, & Luzette Wiegner. We especially recognize Howard Beardslee,
Roy Compson, and Keith Kopp who led each of the three stained glassmaking
groups.) Please enjoy this 6 part series…Scott <><
“IN THE BEGINNING WINDOW” – Window 1
Genesis 1:1-2:4a & John 1:1-5
This window is symbolic of God’s awesome and masterful creation. God always was, is, and always will be – the Alpha & the Omega. In the beginning, the earth was formless and empty. God, as Creator, made the heavens and the earth; night and day; the sky, land and seas; all kinds of plants and trees; the stars, sun, and moon; fish and creatures of the water; birds of the air; animals on the land; and God created human beings in his image to be stewards of everything that has the breath of life in it. And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Various & colorful fish of the waters (some representative of our own natural habitat), a whale’s tail, and plants and coral living in the water symbolize the abundance of God’s created life. Water teems with life, and is a constant reminder of the waters of baptism, which is symbolic of our cleansing of sin & of Christ’s living water which restores us as God’s own. Three air bubbles in the water are symbols of the Trinity.
God separated the sea and land from the sky above. In this window, a rainbow arches across the sky, a symbol to all living things of God’s lasting covenant promising that never again will all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, nor will a flood destroy the earth.
The dove, complete with an olive branch in his beak, is a reminder of God’s saving grace, as God gave respite from the storm and life to his people after Noah’s flood; the olive branch a symbol of the dry land which rises above the seas and provides us nourishment and lodging. The dove is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit who came down upon Jesus at his baptism, and then as our gift of companionship, counsel, and illumination as the church was birthed at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit continues to bless us with God’s presence as it blows where it will.
The Bible is the Word of God, . . . and in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus Christ is the Word, and through him all things were made. The apple represents the fruit Eve and Adam ate in the garden, bringing sin into a “good” world. Sin brings death to God’s people, but Jesus, the living vine, takes our sin upon himself, and offers new “beginnings” and life eternal for all believers. Thanks be to those who have worked so hard on this window, a rose is gifted to you, and additionally symbolizes the rose of Sharon, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. It is God’s abiding love that brings form and fullness to his creation and to our lives.
(The “In The Beginning” window is a memorial gift given to the glory of God in loving memory of Helen
Wagaman by her late husband, Robert (Dutch) Wagaman, and was the third window, dedicated on
April 21, 2002.)