A History of Redeemer’s Stained Glass Windows
The windows on the right (east) tell about the seasons of the Church. From front to back, they represent Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. They were designed and made by Barbara Winters.
The Advent window was given in memory of Darlyn & Daniel Magis by the Magis Family and Friends and was installed in 1997. The candles mark the season of Advent. The color for this season is blue, signifying a period of penitence and preparation for the coming of Jesus. Another symbol used is the fount of water. A familiar hymn tells us ‘O fount of grace redeeming, O river ever streaming...” The symbol of the scroll announces the coming of the Son of God.
The Christmas window was given in memory of Roxie Novak by her Family and was installed in 1994. Mary with the Christ Child announces the birth of the Savior. This image reminds us of God’s nearness to man. The symbol of the star is a familiar part of Christmas. Symbols of the gifts remind us of the story of the Magi bearing gifts to Jesus. Finally, let us “Behold the Lamb of God...” (John 1:29). The lamb is used throughout scripture to mean Jesus Christ.
The Epiphany window was given in memory of Tina Reitan and Evelyn Allen by their Family and Friends and was installed in 1998. Epiphany means manifestation, the revelation of God’s glory in Jesus born in Bethlehem. The three crowns pictured represent the Magi. The rays of light beaming through dark blues symbolizes the light of Jesus overcoming darkness. Finally, Epiphany stresses evangelism, shown here by the many hands reaching out to receive the light.
The Lent window was given by members of Redeemer in memory of Pastor Orv Grorud and was installed in 1997. The cross is the heart of the season of Lent. Here the cross suggests the crown of thorns, or the suffering of Jesus. The purse with the coins represents the silver for which Judas betrayed Jesus. In the lower panel we see the nails used to fasten Jesus to the cross. The arch is a representation of the gates of Jerusalem, and the triumphal arches through which Jesus passed; touched by the palm known as a sign of victory.
The Easter window was also given in memory of Roxie Novak by her family and friends and was installed in 1994. Central to the Easter season is the risen Christ. Here the figure is surrounded by a crescent which is symbolic of righteousness. The banner of victory over sin and death is a white pennant with a red cross representing the body of Christ, his death and resurrection. A palm branch signifies spiritual victory sought by Christians; the cleansing water of baptism symbolizes rebirth, and the washing away of sin. Finally, the crocus represents the promise of new life that comes with spring. Here it is combined with the pomegranate, a symbol of resurrection, and the hope of immortality.
The Pentecost window was given by the youth of Redeemer in memory of Al Davenport and was installed in 1998. This design represents believers who derive their light and life from Christ...they abide in him as the branches abide in the life-giving vine (John 15:1-11). God dwells among his people throughout the world. With the flaming sun cast upon the world, the Holy Spirit is represented in tongues of fire descending upon his people. Here the seven flames recall the seven torches of fire spoken of in John’s vision (Revelation 4:5).