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Chancel Window

The stained glass window in the sanctuary was designed, constructed, and installed by the Rev. Martin Heinicke, pastor of Beautiful Savior from its early beginnings in 1980 until he retired in 1988. The church building and window were dedicated on Sunday, September 22,1985.

  1. From the beginning of time God promised the Messiah, visualized in the Bethel symbol, "I will bless you."
  2. The star of Bethlehem announced the fulfillment, the coming of the promised Messiah.
  3. He came to die. Even though He was welcomed as "king", He was condemned whipped, crowned, and made to carry the cross to His death.
  4. Death is not the end. He lives! He is risen! New life (symbolized in the lily and butterfly) is ours. 
  5. The Holy Spirit (dove) brings us to faith through means of grace -the sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
  6. Another means of grace is the Word of God, shown in the lamp and the open Bible.
  7. The Church, symbolized by the ship, has a primary mission of casting the "net" of the Word out to men and women of the world so they too can be saved.
  8. The Word is not to stay with us, but, as the church, we now are to be "fishers of men" and take the Gospel to the world.

Each of the panels carries through the theme of "promise".

"Ego Sum Panis Vitae" Wire Sculpture

Herman Steinman, retired welder and husband of charter member Helen Steinman, constructed the wire sculpture hanging on the back wall of the sanctuary.  The sculpture depicts Christ's saying, "I am the bread of life," or "Ego sum panis vitae," in Latin.  Just as Christ fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish, so He continues to feed His people today with His own body and blood in His Supper. This wire sculpture is based on an original mural in the refectory of Luther Seminary in Adelaide, Australia, done by J.S. Ostoja Kotkowski.  

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