Stained Glass Windows

The Stained Glass of St. Luke’s

The stained glass window project began in 1994 when a generous gift was given to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in memory of a church member. The family requested that this memorial be applied to the purchase of a stained glass window. As there was no plan in place for windows at that time, the Vestry appointed a committee to study the idea.

The committee began its work by visiting many area churches to look at stained glass windows and to evaluate different styles, colors, and themes. The goal of the committee was to install beautiful, colorful windows that would enhance the sense of spirituality in our sanctuary, but at the same time fit in with the contemporary architecture of the church. In 1995 Judy Jennings, a stained glass artist from Winnipeg, Canada, was invited to create the design.

The members of the committee chose the seasons of the church year as the theme and wanted the seasons reflected in symbols, which would lead worshipers to deeper thoughts and ideas. Jennings viewed her task as “combining these concepts with the art of stained glass, sometimes defined as painting with light, to create an environment that is both contemplative and joyful.” The task was challenging because the windows in the sanctuary and narthex are comprised of many vertical panels. Overcoming this problem, Jennings designed the seasons and their symbols to move across the windows in a horizontal fashion, merging one season into the next through the use of color and texture in glass. The stained glass committee enthusiastically approved her design, and she was commissioned to begin the work.

The first set of windows (Easter) was installed in 1996. Over the next few years as memorial funds became available, Jennings would be asked to begin work on the next set.

The seasons represented in the windows are Pentecost, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. The windows, except for Pentecost, were designed so that the east and west windows of each season were installed in mirror image. The glass was purchased for both windows each time so that they would match perfectly. According to Jennings, St. Luke’s may have been the first church in the world to have mirror image stained glass windows.

The windows were installed between July 1996 and April 2001. The richness of color, varied texture of glass, and brilliance of light coming through the stained glass windows bring beauty and spirituality to St. Luke’s. The windows were dedicated on June 3, 2001.

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