the stained glass windows of gloria dei
Our sanctuary is surrounded by a series of stained glass windows which tell the histories of the Old and New Testaments, from God's creation of the world, to Christ's crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, to the Holy Spirit's creation of the church on Pentecost, to the Solas of the Reformation. Some of the windows are shown and described scripturally below - please visit us to see more! Click on the pictures to see larger versions.
creation - adam and eve
...then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature... And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Noah and the flood
Genesis 6:7-8 and 7:7
So the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD... And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood.
promise and faith - Abraham
And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
the burning bush and the 10 commandments - moses
Exodus 3:2,6 and 31:18
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush...And he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God... And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
the life of christ: Nativity, temple, and baptism
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
the sermon on the mount
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
jesus the good shepherd
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep...I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
the last supper and the crucifixion of christ
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be crucified!" And he said, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Let him be crucified!"
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
the solas of the reformation
Solus Christus, Christ Alone - Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
Sola Gratia, Grace Alone - we are saved by the Grace of God alone, for the sake of Christ
Sola Fide, Faith Alone - we receive this grace through faith bestowed in us by the Holy Spirit
Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone - "The Word of God is and should remain the sole rule and norm of all doctrine" (FC SD, Rule and Norm, 9).