The stained glass window in the sanctuary was designed, constructed, and installed by the Rev. Martin Heinicke, pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church from its early beginnings in 1980 until he retired in 1989. The church building and window were dedicated on September 22, 1985.
The panels of the chancel window begin with the promise of a Messiah and end with that promise fulfilled and being taken to all the world as the Good News of salvation for all people. The whole work of salvation is centered around the cross of Jesus Christ where “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for all.”
Overarching all these panels is the message of hope guaranteed to mankind through the cross of Jesus Christ and from it flow the blessings and promises symbolized in the rainbow, the ancient promise of God and constant reminder that God keeps all the promises He makes. Darker shades at the edge of each panel give way to lighter hues, indicating the changes in life from “walking in darkness” to now “walking in light” through faith in Jesus Christ.
The four, upper-side panels represent the four Gospels, each telling us of the life and mission of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The first Gospel panel is Matthew. Matthew is represented throughout church history with the symbol of a man. Matthew begins his Gospel with “the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”, and stressed Christ’s human nature and incarnation.
The second Gospel panel is Mark. Mark is represented throughout church history with the symbol of the lion. The Gospel of Mark “begins with the Gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus fulfilled the message of John the Baptist, who cried out in the wilderness. Jesus showing courage and power through His death and resurrection.
The third Gospel panel is Luke. Luke is represented throughout church history with the symbol of the ox. The ox is an animal of strength, service, and sacrifice. Luke writes of Jesus Christ, bearing the burden of our sin and serving humanity by sacrificing Himself on the cross for our salvation.
The fourth Gospel Panel, is John. John is represented throughout church history with the symbol of the eagle. Just as the eagle soars toward heaven, so Jesus Christ, as God’s Son, soars to where He dwells at the right hand of God the Father, awaiting and inviting each believer into His eternal Kingdom.
Lower Side Panels
The four, lower-side stained glass panels remind us of the Words of Jesus Christ, recorded in John 15, where Jesus says:
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”John 15:1-2, 4-5
The fruit depicted in the side panels vary in color, indicating that each of us has different God-given talents, and will bear different kinds of fruit. God’s Word reminds us of this in 1 Corinthians 12: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.”