History 101.12


The below article was written by Dr. Eugene Murphey and was published in The Tower newsletter of January 2006.  

On a bright sunny day the three chancel area lancet windows at the front of our church sanctuary present a brilliant array of colors and a tremendous amount of biblical and church history that never fails to move me to say, ‘Thank you, Lord, for the message of faith and inspiration that this display gives us!’

When the mock-up for the windows was first presented to our church committee for approval in 1970, our minister Reverend Bob Smith suggested to Mr. Willet, the designer, that perhaps the windows needed a little more red in them. An immediate reply explained that red is too stimulating and aggressive, and is held to a minimum to allow the blues and greens to dominate and produce a more peaceful and tranquil effect on viewers. Whatever the color combination may be, it certainly produces in the window panels a powerful visual impact that is both attention-getting and inspiring.

The dominate Christ Figure at the top of the middle window repeats our Lord’s great commission previously noted in one of the sanctuary side windows: ‘Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you.’ (Matthew 11:28-29). Jesus’ ascent into Heaven is signified by a curved rainbow and stars as well as the four-winged figures from the Book of Revelations above his head representing the four evangelists- the man, Matthew; the lion, Mark; the ox, Luke; and the eagle, John. At the top of each adjoining lancet window are the other symbols of the Holy Trinity: on the left side, the hand of God the Father extended in blessing and on the right, the descending Dove of the Holy Spirit.

Time and space do not permit full discussion of the other features of these three window panels, but they will be covered in future history articles. In the meantime, please take a few minutes while you are in the sanctuary before or after service to approach chancel area and look closely at the myriad details of these beautiful windows. All three windows were originally, and continue to be, dedicated to the Glory of God. The left lancet was also dedicated in honor of Elder C. Richard Bolton; the middle lancet in honor of one of our long-term former ministers and his wife, Dr. and Mrs. S.E. McFadden; and the right lancet in memory and honor of all those who have served the church in its music and education ministry.