A History of Redeemer’s Stained Glass Windows
Stained glass windows have been used in churches throughout history. Before the invention of the printing press this was one of the methods used by churches to tell the stories of the Bible. At first, pictures were painted on the walls or canvas. Then they began using stained glass windows, where the light would bring them to life and make them visible to all at worship.
We have been blessed at Redeemer to have and enjoy many beautiful stained glass windows.
The first one was installed in our church during a renovation project in 1975. Janet Hayes designed the window around the ‘Redeemer’ theme. A large figure of Christ stands on the open grave, signifying that he is the conqueror of death and sin. He has a hand reaching out with blessings of love, forgiveness, and grace. Light shining from the open grave symbolizes the light of eternal life and swirls of light around Christ symbolize the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. The cross is seen as a shadow behind the living figure, yet reaching all people, and reaching between heaven and earth. The window was made by William H. Swanberg, attorney and former mayor of Great Falls. The window was a gift to the church from Ed and Ruth Keller in memory of her mother, Alma Johnson, and her brother-in-law and sister, Frank and Edith Longway.