Harvest of Talents presents holiday home tour,
stained-glass windows and 30 years of quilts
Album 16

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[December 09, 2013]     Send a link to a friend 

The large window at the front of the church is 28 feet high. It is fully encased in stone.

The three circles at the top carry the symbols of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Below are the symbols of the four evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Each man holds a book:

Matthew's book is closed, meaning Jesus had fulfilled the law, which was Matthew's message to the Jews.

Mark's book is beginning to be opened, showing the opening door to the Gentiles.

Luke's book is opened wide, symbolizing that he would put the life of Christ in an orderly account.

John is still writing in his book, symbolizing his desire to write more.

Just above each Gospel writer are images of a man, lion, ox and eagle. Many church historians recognize these four "cherubim" of Revelation 4:7 as corresponding with the four Gospels. Over the smaller circles are three large circles representing the attributes of God that are essential to our worship: The great hand coming down from heaven represents our access to the power of God; the dove represents our invitation to encounter the Spirit of God; and at the top, Jesus, the Lamb of God, is flying the banner of salvation over his head as he sits on an altar of sacrifice.

Pastor Otto suggested that many Sundays as he looks at the four men watching over him, he thinks they are watching over worship "to make sure the story is told accurately." These beautiful windows are meant to enhance worship for those for attend services, and understanding their story augments the worship experience.

The stress of time has caused the windows to buckle and weaken. Repair of the windows is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2014. It is estimated that the cost to clean and reglaze the windows will be $50,000. This is only a limited repair, and more extensive work will need to be done in the future to maintain the beauty and integrity of the windows.

Pictures by Lisa Ramlow and Nila Smith




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