Windsor Presbyterian Church
Windsor Heights, Iowa
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Stained Glass

HEART OF THE BIBLE In Stained Glass

Windsor Presbyterian Church

Dedication Sunday - November 23, 1980

CREATION

 

GENESIS 1       “In the Beginning, God created the Heavens and the

                        Earth. . .God said ‘Let there be light, and there was light,’. . .God created Man in his own image; male and female, he created. . .And God saw everything he had made, and behold, it was very good!”

 

ARTIST’S COMMENTS

                        All things were made by God.  The birds wheeling in flight show exuberance and love of life.  The bulbs, cattails and butterflies symbolize the cycle of life. 

 

The amber glass is Blenko and is a hand blown antique glass made in Milton, West Virginia using methods developed 5,000 years ago.  Other glass is made in Kokomo, Indiana, at one of the oldest glass companies in the United States.

 

 








MOSES SETS FORTH THE LAW

 

DEUTERONOMY 5:22  “These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more.  And he wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them to me.”

 

ARTIST’S COMMENTS

                        This window first brings God’s chosen people out of Egypt and then to the gift of the law.  The dark clouds represent the strife that people endure because they have not accepted God and do not want to leave the pleasures of earth to follow him.  But Moses’ shining face tells us that acceptance of God’s laws will make us s how as a bright light to all who see us.

 

 










THE WORD MADE FLESH

 

LUKE 2:15       “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’”

 

ARTIST’S COMMENTS

                        The word was made flesh.  Mary, Joseph and Jesus show us the family of God.  The angels and stars played an important part in this birth event as they speak to us of good tidings of great joy. 

 

The blue glass is antique Blenko.  The manger scene was painted and fired by Oliver  H. Kugel who now lives in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  In his seventies, he continues to paint for persons who work with stained glass.

 












JESUS’ MINISTRY

 

MATTHEW 19:13, 14  “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.  The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”

 

ARTIST’S COMMENTS

                        Jesus’ ministry as depicted here is available to all people of all ages in all ages.  The open arms, the happy face tell us that we are welcome to join with him in a better life.

 

                        The glass in the sky is from the Advance Glass Company of Newark, Ohio.  They produce the most attractive glass of this type.  The edge of Jesus’ sleeve has an overlay of two thickness of glass to give the desired shading.  The faces, hands, and Jesus’ feet are painted by Oliver H. Kugel.  The rest of the glass is Kokomo glass.

 





THE LAST SUPPER

 

1 CORINTHIANS 11:26   “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

 

ARTIST’S COMMENTS

                        From the wheat and grapes come the bread and wine of communion.  The gold background represents the heat of summer, which is needed to mature the grain.  The bread and wine tie us to Jesus and renew the strength we receive from him.

 

                        There are approximately 240 pieces of glass in the shock of wheat!  The glass is mostly Kokomo.

 

 

 











CRUCIFIXION/RESURRECTION

 

MARK 16:6       “And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.’”

 

ARTIST’S COMMENTS

                        The crown of thorns represents the suffering and death which Christ endured for us.  The crown of jewels describes Christ’s Kingship.

 

                        The red glass beneath the crown is Red Flash glass from West Germany which is the only European glass used in these windows.

 

 















WIND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

ACTS 2:4         “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

 

ARTIST’S COMMENTS

                        The Spirit came as a rushing mighty wind and set upon each a tongue of flame.  The dove symbolizes the spirit descending on the world.

 

                        The small amount of clear glass used with the dark Blenko glass reminds us that we see only a glimmer of the truth of the Holy Spirit.  Yet this gift of the Spirit is always available to flow to us from God, as signified by the underlying hourglass shape.

 

 













FRONT WINDOW

PASTORAL SCENE

23RD PSALM

 

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil; for thou art with me;

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 

Inspired by the Tiffany window which is in place

In Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 

 

HISTORY OF STAINED GLASS

 

Stained glass is glass colored by a chemical process.  By far the most important use of stained glass has been for making church windows.  The colored glass is arranged in shapes or patterns and is held together by lead strips which often become part of the design.

The process of staining glass was probably invented in Ancient Egypt but the Middle Ages was the great era of stained glass.  Manufacture of this glass was fostered by monasteries, the builders of many great churches.  Highly skilled craftsmen moving from one monastery to another, as their services were required, spread techniques, designs and styles all over Europe.

Since there were few books and only a handful of scholars could read, craftsmen-monks designed the first windows to depict Biblical stories and lessons, teach church history and glorify the saints.  Furthermore, this lovely glass decorated the cold, stony interiors of t he cathedrals providing delight to both worshiper and passersby.

Stained glass has always been extremely costly.  Donors frequently included nobility, the clergy, and guilds. 

New methods of production, styles of design and glass appearance have c hanged over the years but one thing has never changed: the magic effect of sunlight pouring through colored glass.  Indeed, as the light changes during the day, the colors change.  This produces such a dramatic effect that superbly done windows sometimes have been said to be “singing.”

 

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The windows were designed and made by Superior Art Glass Company of Des Moines.  The artisans were Ed Hadley and Marty Dryer.  Marty’s father designed the original front window which is to be relocated into the new building construction.

 

It is Mr. Hadley’s prayer that the windows were made to bring glory to God and that they are an inspiration to all who see them.