Our Sanctuary Design

The design of the sanctuary retells the life of Christ. The Lord’s Table is central, reminding us that he gathers us together as his People, about his Table, breaking the bread of life anew. The pulpit projects out from the Rock of Ages, anchored to the faith, but pointed toward us in the present. Each of the stained glass windows along the west side portrays an event in the life of Jesus.

West Windows - BirthThe first window speaks of the Incarnation: “For to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) With the beauty of the Christmas Story, it tells us of the love of God that comes seeking us, sinner and saint alike. It remints us that our love is to set no limit, but to go forth freely to all.

 

 

 

West Windows - BaptismThe second window depicts the baptism of Jesus. “And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove …” (Mark 1:11) Baptism marks the beginning of the ministry of Jesus, and calls us to remember baptism is the beginning of ministry for us as well.

 

 

 

West Windows - CompassionThe third window speaks of the character of the ministry of Jesus. It was a ministry of compassion “Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.” (Luke 4:40) Like his, our ministry is to the blind, the oppressed, the poor, the captives; liberating each with Good News.

 

 

 

West Windows - Last SupperThe fourth window represent the Last Supper. “This is for many, for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28) It proclaims our forgiveness and reminds us of our responsibility to forgive.

 

 

 

Continuing the theme of the life of Jesus, the cross dominates the Chancel area. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

The Resurrection Window in the East completes the design. At dawn each day, it floods the richness of its color on the Cross. It centers on the text “Because I live, you will live also.” (John 14:19) Local scenes are included as a proclamation that the Resurrection enters into our lives here and now. Reading from the top down, the window displays the dove, the fire of Pentecost, a rocket in flight, the text, Jesus, the hill of Calvary, the centurion, an angel, local industry, an oil well, the bell tower, the old church, and a farmer on his tractor in the fields.

The east window is dedicated in loving memory of E. Ray Moore. The west windows are dedicated in loving memory of Gwendolyn K. Goldhorn and loved ones of the Goldhorn/Hospes family,