History of Stained Glass
The stained glass windows on the south front of our church represent some of the more than 100 parables and figures of speech that Jesus used in his preaching. The center window is the keynote. It shows Jesus teaching his disciples, whom he says must receive his gospel like little children. (Mark 10:13-17)
EAST WINDOW - Reconciliation
Father, I have sinned against God and against you: I no longer deserve to be called your son...This son of mine was dead and has come back to life. He is lost and is found.
A Samaritan who was journeying along came on him and was moved to pity at the sight.
Bottom, left to right:
Take out the first fish you catch. Open its mouth and you will discover a coin worth twice the temple tax...Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, but give to God what is God's.
Matt 17:24-27, 22:21
The reign of God is like a dragnet thrown into the lake, which collected all kinds of things.
If anyone thirsts, let him come to me...From within (me) rivers of living water shall flow.
Tell John what you see: the blind recover their sight, cripples walk...
Leave your gift at the altar, go first to be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
He would be better off thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck than giving scandal to one of these little ones.
If one of you decides to build a tower, will he not first sit down and calculate the outlay?...In the same way, none of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his possessions.
EAST CENTER BAY - Judgment
I am the good shepherd.
Who among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wasteland and follow the lost one until he finds it?
I am the sheepgate...Whoever enters through me will be safe. He will go in and out and find pasture.
He will separate them as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. The sheep he will place on his right hand, the goats on his left.
Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheeps's clothing but underneath are wolves on the prowl.
The Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning that flashes from one end of the sky to the other.
You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
The day will come when one stone will not be left on another, but it will all be torn down.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who lives in me and I in him, will produce abundantly.
Learn a lesson from the fig tree. Once...it begins to sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way...you will know that (I) am near, even at the door.
Whoever puts his hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the kingdom of God.
CENTER BAY - Jesus the Teacher
Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them. It is to just such as these that the kingdom of God belongs...whoever does not accept the reign of God like a little child shall not take part in it.
The reign of God is like a mustard seed...when full-grown it is the largest of plants...The birds of the sky come and build their nests in its branches.
The mustard seed...is the smallest seed of all...
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; the very thing he has used to cover the hole will pull, and the rip will only get worse.
The bread and wine, the alpha and omega - Christ, the Beginning and the End, gives himself for us.
Consider the ravens: they do not sow, they do not reap...yet God feeds them...Or take the lilies: they do not spin, they do not weave; but ...Solomon in all his splendor was not arrayed like any one of them.
Are not five sparrows sold for a few pennies? Yet not one of them is neglected by God...You are worth more than a flock of sparrows.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem...How often have I yearned to gather your children, as a mother bird gathers her young under her wing, but you refused me.
Anyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock.
WEST CENTER BAY - Faith and Good Works
A farmer went out sowing. Part of what he sowed landed on a footpath, where birds came and ate it up.
Matt 13:4-10, 18-23
A man...sowed good seed in his field...His enemy came and sowed weeds...Let them grow together until harvest...The harvest is the end of world, while the harvesters are the angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned, so will it be at the end of the world.
Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me...Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.
A good tree does not produce decayed fruit any more than a decayed tree produces good fruit...A good man produces goodness from the good in his heart.
Unless the grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit.
The reign of God is like yeast which a woman took and kneaded into three measures of flour. Eventually, the whole mass of dough began to rise.
The Crusaders' Cross: Symbol of the Christian's mission to preach the gospel.
How narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it!
It is easier for a camel to pass through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
The Son of Man...will dispatch his angels with a mighty trumpet blast, and they will assemble his chosen from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
WEST BAY - Light
The reign of God can be likened to ten bridesmaids who took their torches and went out to welcome the groom. Five of them were foolish, while the other five were sensible.
The seven flames in the background symbolize the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
A man...called in his servants and handed his funds over to them...To one he disbursed ten thousand silver pieces, to a second, five thousand, and to a third, a thousand.
What woman, if she has ten silver pieces and loses one, does not light a lamp and sweep the house...until she has retrieved what she has lost?
Do not lay for yourselves an earthly treasure ...Store up heavenly treasure, which neither moths nor rust corrode nor thieves break in and steal. Remember, where your treasure is, there your heart is also.
If I washed your feet--I who am teacher and Lord--then you must wash each other's feet. What I just did was to give you an example: as I have done, so you must do.
You are the light of the world...Your light must shine before men so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your heavenly Father.
How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take that speck out of your eye', while all the time the plank remains in your own?
The reign of God may be likened to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.
As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man. They ate and drank...right up to the day Noah entered the ark--and when the flood came, it destroyed them all.
The stained glass windows were designed by Cissy McCaa and were executed by McCaa Glass Studio in Tulsa.
Photos courtesy of J Thomas, 2009.