The Sanctuary Windows
The windows in this sanctuary have been designed with both these ideas in mind. A committee of church members, along with the pastor, developed the theme of each of the windows. The artists and craftsmen of The Unique Art Glass Company of St. Louis, Missouri worked these themes into beautifully wrought stained glass. The glass is all of high quality obtained from leading glassmakers in many parts of the world.
The Chancel Window
This is the window which the congregation faces as they are gathered in the sanctuary for worship. The sanctuary is essentially a place of worship and at the top of this window are three symbols of Deity.
The first of them is the MANUS DEI, or hand of God. It is the most ancient symbol of the First Person in the Godhead. This ancient symbol, frequently employed in the Christian art, represents the creative power of God, and is also the ancient symbol of God’s reach for mankind and His concern for man. It perhaps sets forth, better than any other symbol, God’s search for man.
The second of them is the AGNUS DEI, or lamb of God. This is one of the oldest symbols of Christ. It speaks of the redemptive Power of God. It recalls the words of the prophecy of Isaiah, “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter”; and those of John the Baptist, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world”; and the Revelation, “Worthy is the Lamb that hath been slain.”
The third is the DOVE. This has long stood as a symbol of the heaven-descended Spirit of God. It speaks of the directing and energizing power of God. The Spirit of God has been very real in the church throughout its history. When Christ was baptized of John at Jordan the Spirit descended as a dove.
At the bottom of the windows are three symbols of the church.
The first of these is a ship. This is an ancient symbol of the church. It recalls the origin of the word “nave” which comes from the Latin word which means ship. A ship embarked on a voyage in a community with purpose. It is a fellowship together to a common goal. They obey the commands of their Captain. Their hope is in him.
The second of these is the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant symbolized, for Israel, God in the midst of His people. It was the depository of the tables of the law, the Ten Commandments that had been given to them of God. It is a symbol of worship, and of the church as a worshipping community.
The third is that of the clasped hands. What better symbol of the church as a fellowship could we find? Here we meet as children of God and brethren. Here we are taught to “Love one another”. Here if anywhere should men find friendship. Here we find fellowship with one another in communion with God.
Above these symbols of the church we have symbols of “the Word and the Sacraments”.
In the central panel, above the Ark of the Covenant, is the open Bible, the word of God. Above this is the lamp, another symbol of the word of God, probably from Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. Above this is the monogram for Christ, the Chi Rho, the two initial letters of the Greek Christos.
In the left panel, above the ship, are the symbols of Baptism, which is “a sacrament, wherein the washing with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, doth signify and seal our in-grafting into Christ, and our partaking of the benefits of covenant of grace, and our engagement to be the Lord’s”. Baptism first appears in the ministry of John and the Baptism of Jesus. Tradition has it that John used a shell to pour the water on the subject. The shell, with water pouring from it, has become a symbol of Baptism. Here we have as the symbols of Baptism the Font and above it the shell. Over these is the monogram for Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”. Baptism is the initiatory rite. It signifies, at the beginning, our commitment to Him who is “the beginning and the ending”.
In the right panel, above the clasped hands, we have the symbols of the Lord’s Supper, which is “A sacrament wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, his death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace”. The symbols we have here are the Cup, and, above it, the broken bread. Above these is the monogram Christ the Iota Eta Sigma, the initial letters of the Greek, Iesus, Jesus.
The Rose Window
This is the window which worshippers see as they turn to leave and start down the aisle toward the door. In the center there is a burning torch and it’s rays are seen spreading out in all directions. The burning torch is a symbol of the witnessing of Christians. It says, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” –Mathew 5:16
The Aisle Windows
The symbols in these windows are intended to represent and to suggest those areas in which people move, earn their livelihood, and express their faith. A Christian expresses his faith not only in corporate worship but also in the varied areas which he moves – he should not be a Christian and a workman, but a Christian workman.
These symbols are also intended to suggest all the worthy occupations and activities in which those who come to worship participate. Since one occupation or activity may have numerous facets, there is unavoidable over-lapping and one with a little imagination may find himself represented by more than one symbol. It is hoped that all with a little imagination may find themselves in at least one.
On the east side, from the south:
Pictures will be posted when available.
The Ink Bottle, Quill and Scroll should suggest literature, writing, journalism, secretarial work, typists, office workers, letters, etc.
The montage of Cape Girardeau (Church, college, court house, hotel) is intended to represent the community and those in its many forms of community service – chamber of commerce, volunteer workers, civic clubs, social services, community betterment projects.
The Bridge, Boat, Train, Plane, Trucks, Cars represent transportation in its many forms (air, rail, water, highway, etc.) with the varied attendant occupations and services.
The Eagle and Scales of Justice suggest law, government, and government service (national, state, county, and city) administrative, judicial, legislative, military, and the multifarious attendant of services.
The Cog Wheels, Pulley and Smoke Stack should suggest commerce, manufacturing, industry, mining, finance, business, labor and management, etc.
The Hearth with the fire represents the home, home making, parenthood, childhood, domestic relations, sitters, home supplies, and domestic services.
The message of the windows is come and worship and go forth to serve.
The Committee for selecting and planning the windows
Mr. Donald T. McNeely, Chairman
Dr. Dale M. Blankenship
Mr. Richard J. Brase
Mrs. Oscar C. Kaiser
Mrs. Herbert E. Karr
Mrs. Henry A. Margraf
Dr. Jack D. Vincent
Dr. Harold D. Ridings, Ex-Officio
Reverend C. E. Mount, Advisor