The four windows surrounding our sanctuary are made of faceted-glass. Chunks of glass are chipped by hand to reflect the light. The concrete holding them is shaped so that it becomes an integral part of the design.
These windows are the product on an interesting and stimulating relationship between the Cummings Studio of San Francisco and the 1964 Building Committee of FPCL. Out of the committee’s study of the four gospels and through several conversational exchanges there developed a consensus of meaning and design. The result is an attempt to help the viewer feel about Jesus what each gospel writer felt about Him.
The faceted glass process is one in which both glass and concrete have an important aesthetic role. The chunks of glass are chipped by hand to reflect the appropriate light. The concrete which holds them Is also shaped so that it becomes and integral part of the design. In the history of stained glass, the only broadly important technical breakthrough since Medieval times came with the development of faceted glass. Go here for Chapel window information
Jesus as Interpreted by Matthew: The window above the pulpit
Matthew's story of Jesus stands first in the New Testament order. Reminding us by its emphasis on Jewish history that the background of Jesus was Judaism. The author sees Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah, the fulfillment of Old Testament hopes. He is the new Moses, a teacher of righteousness with a law that shall be written in men's hearts. So concerned is Matthew that Jesus' words and actions be remembered that he is careful to arrange his book in as useful an order as possible. He groups the teachings in five great discourses according to subject matter. These are followed by narratives showing Jesus as he acts out in his life the words he has taught. Notice how the window reflects these emphases. The focus is on the upper half of Jesus' body. One hand is reaching upward as if in contact with the Father. The other hand reflects his desire to interpret God to man. The purples and blues of royalty heighten this impression of a mediator. The artist has used the classic passage of the Sermon on the Mount. Notice the three listening figures below, the suggestion of mountains in the background, the Hebrew symbol for "blessed" overhead. You can almost hear Jesus as he emphasizes his teaching. "Everyone who hears these words and does them will be like a man who built his house upon a rock."
In Memory of: Mr. John C. Huber, By: Mrs. Rose A. Huber, Mr. & Mrs. Oren J. Huber
Jesus as Interpreted by Mark: The window next to the courtyard
The gospel of Mark was the earliest to be written. The book is compact, realistic, and fast-paced. Many of the small details of Jesus' life are found here...his love, anger, grief, amazement, and above all, that integrity and authority which set him apart from other men. Here is the portrait of a man determined to do God's will in the face of great opposition.
Note the strong stance of the figure of Jesus, the feet firmly planted on the ground, the muscular body, the hand upraised in authority, the set of the face. The window reminds us of a key scene in Mark --- the cleansing of the temple. Small figures can be seen retreating in the center right. Here is the man of authority who moves with action, who conflicts with destructive religious and political powers. The earthy greens and blues tie Jesus to the world of men. Determined to do God's will he calls others to join Him. "Follow me."
In Memory of: Earl W. Holcomb, Jr. and Kalbert George Lowe, By: Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Holcomb, Sr.
Jesus as Interpreted by Luke: The window above the baptismal font
Luke was a traveling companion of Paul the apostle, and his book reflects Jesus' interest in the world beyond Judaism. His dominant theme is that Jesus is the Savior of the whole world and especially of the despised and outcast. He reminds us that the gospel is for all men, and it is offered first where the need is the greatest. Only in Luke do we find Jesus' story of the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, Zacchaeus, etc. Chapters 15-19 have been called the "gospel of the outcast" for in them is concentrated Jesus' teaching about God's care for those whom men despise and condemn, teaching which calls into question man's self-righteous pride.
Here in the window is Jesus seen as the Good Samaritan. In the warmth of the red tones and in the swirling lines which seem to draw the figures together Jesus compassionately identifies with the sufferer. The love reflected in the face of Jesus and in his gesture of caring suggests that he shares the man's pain. Especially is the man's agony reflected in the eye of Jesus.
In Memory of: Hans, R. and Anna S. Nissen, Charles, Margaret, Henrietta, Roger, Janes, Louis and Otto Nissen, By: May Nissen
Jesus as Interpreted by John: The window looking toward 4th & L Streets
John's gospel was written much later than the others and is more theological in nature. The writer, in a concluding chapter, suggests that he chose his material from the life of Jesus in order to show that "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing; you may have life in his name."
Jesus, in the book of John, is seen as the revelation of God -- the WORD of God. He is the clear, full expression in human life of the nature and purpose of God. He calls himself the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the true vine, the way, the truth and the life. Throughout the book is the note of victory. "In the world you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
In the window the victorious Christ is seen. The gold’s of deity predominate. Halos of light, seen in the other windows to some extent, here gloriously reflect his oneness with God. There is a sense of his being the light of the world in the midst of darkness. His confident stride and beckoning hand welcome us. "Come unto me." This is a window of victory and resurrection.
In Memory of: Mr. Rasmus A. Hansen, By: Mr. H. Ross Hansen, Mrs. Rae Hansen Ising, Mrs. Mabel R. Hansen