CHANCEL WINDOWS DEDICATION
October 17th (1971) was a most important day for this church, for this was the day of the dedication of the beautiful Chancel Window. Special guests for the occasion were Dr. and Mrs. S.L. McFadden to whom the center lancet in the chancel window was dedicated in honor of their great service to God and this congregation during their long ministry here.
The other distinguished guest was Dr. Henry Lee Willet of the Willet Studio. The work of these studios has become synonymous with the greatest excellence in stained glass. The method of fabrication is the same as that used to create the windows in the medieval churches of Europe, but the design of the window is in a more pictorial style.
The three lancets were dedicated as follows: The left lancet in honor of Elder C.R. Bolton; the center in honor of Dr. and Mrs. S.L. McFadden, and the right in memory and honor of all who have served the church in its ministry of music and education. A full description is given below:
The theme of the chancel window is most appropriate for its location. The central figure is Jesus Christ, holding out His hands in welcome and saying, “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Accepting His invitation are people from all walks of life, both sexes and all ages. Their occupations are identified by their clothes and the tools they hold.
That Jesus is now in heaven is shown by the rainbow, the stars, and the presence at the top of the widow by the four winged beasts from the book of Revelation which are the Four Evangelists — the man, Matthew, the lion — Mark, the ox — Luke, and the eagle — John.
Balancing these, at the top of each outer lancet, is a symbol of another member of the Trinity — the hand of God, the Father, extending in blessing on the left side, and the descending dove of the Holy Spirit on the right. Some of the duties enjoined upon those who follow Him are illustrated by the parables of the good Samaritan and Sower next below. Underneath the two parables are symbols of the Acts of Mercy derived from the 25th chapter of Matthew, three on each side: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and the prisoner.
In the center lancet under the figure of Christ are portraits of some particular missionaries who accepted the yoke of Christ and carried the Gospel message into remote parts of the world. These are William Carey who went to India; David Brainerd who went to the American Indians; Sheldon Jackson who went to Alaska; David Livingston and Motte Martin who went to Africa; John Leighton Stuart who went to China.
The Crusader’s crosses had points on the bottom so that they could be carried along and planted wherever there was a wish to pray. Behind the cross at the bottom left is the seal of the United Nations and the U.N. buildings. The smith is beating a sword into a ploughshare as in Isaiah’s prophecy of the peaceable Kingdom. Behind the cross at the lower right is an astronaut walking in space above the earth an an atomic symbol. This recalls the words of the Eighth Psalms, “Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands.”
In the center at the bottom is the seal of the World Council of Churches which has as its device the ship of the Church with a cross-topped mast. The many Christian denominations are symbolized by little churches of various styles of architectures.