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2 THE SYMBOLS SPEAK How symbols display our basic doctrines and teachings THE WEST WINDOW “Christian Fundamentals”

3 W E S T w i n d o w s, stained glass, replacing the plain glass, was installed with the... In 1966, in the

4 W E S T symbols already embedded in them

5 CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALS The West Window

6 The West Window CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALS 12 symbols

7 Left section THE WORD OF GOD

8 1 THE WORD OF GOD The Gospel < Latin cross < Most common form of Christian cross < Symbolizes the Gospel part of God’s Word < As a personal symbol, it shows one as being of the Christian faith

9 2 THE WORD OF GOD The Law < Two tablets of stone representing the two tables of the Law < Table 1 = Love God < Table 2 = Love your neighbor < Exodus 20

10 3 THE WORD OF GOD The Bible < Oil lamp < The Bible, the Holy Scriptures < Represents Psalm : “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

11 4 THE WORD OF GOD The Lord’s Prayer < Open Bible with a sprig of wheat and a communion wafer < Word “PETITIONS” (requests) underneath < Looking at our daily bread as the Bread of Life--Jesus < Matthew

12 Center section TRINITARIAN GODHEAD

13 5 TRINITARIAN GODHEAD The Trinity < Triangle & trefoil (interlocking circles) < God is “triune”--3 in 1 < Artist’s abstract way of showing complexity of equality, unity, and eternity all in one figure  On front of altar also

14 6 TRINITARIAN GODHEAD The Father < Upright hand < Sign of blessing with 3-rayed nimbus sur- rounding it showing divinity < About 100 references to God’s hand appear in the Old Testament

15 7 TRINITARIAN GODHEAD The Son < Chi rho--the 1st two Greek letters of Christ < Stands for Jesus Christ, the Son of God < One of earliest symbols to be used in the Christian church

16 8 TRINITARIAN GODHEAD The Holy Spirit < Dove with 3 rays coming off the beak and the nimbus circling the head < The 3 rays indicate the Trinity and the nimbus shows it is part of the Godhead < The Spirit was seen as a dove at Jesus’ Baptism

17 Right section SACRAMENTS & RITES All sacraments are rites Not all rites are sacraments

18 9 SACRAMENTS & RITES Holy Baptism < Shell with 3 drops of water showing that Baptism is done in the name of the Triune God (Mt 28)  A sacrament

19 10 SACRAMENTS & RITES Confirmation < Dove with nimbus and 7 rays radiating outward < Seven rays indicate the 7 gifts of the Spirit referred to in the confirmation ceremony < A rite

20 11 SACRAMENTS & RITES Marriage < Complex symbol: cross--Savior’s blessing candles--light of Christ in the new home entwined circles--unity water--living water of Christ in marriage < A rite

21 12 SACRAMENTS & RITES Holy Communion < Grapes and wheat are the most familiar symbol for the Lord’s Supper < Wheat = bread/body < Grapes = wine/blood < Mt , Mk , Lk , 1 Cor < A sacrament

22 The West Window

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