Stained Glass Windows
Given in thanks to God for 50 years of blessings on our congregation.
Dedicated on April 25, 2004, on the occasion of COR’s 50th Anniversary.
This window reflects our Reformation heritage as
Lutherans. Martin Luther’s coat of arms with its
symbolic meaning and then the Latin script of
slogans from the Reformation era: Solus Christus
(Christ Alone – is the author & finisher
of our salvation); Sola Gratia and
Sola Fide (that we are saved by God’s
Grace Alone, through Faith in
Christ Alone); and finally Sola
Scriptura (Scripture Alone is the
source of all we believe, teach, and confess).
Many thanks to all members of Reformation, who
contributed funds for the window; it is a wonderful
testimony to our heritage and a guide as we reach
out to those around us with the Gospel of Christ in
the present and future.
To Lazarus Spengler Coburg,
July 8, 1530
Grace and peace in Christ!
Honorable, kind, dear Sir and Friend! Since you ask
whether my seal has come out correctly, I shall
answer most amiably and tell you of those thoughts
which [now] come to my mind about my seal as a
symbol of my theology.
There is first to be a cross, black [and
placed] in a heart, which should be of its natural
color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith
in the Crucified saves us. For if one believes from
the heart he will be justified. Even though it is a
black cross, [which] mortifies and [which] also
should hurt us, yet it leaves the heart in its
[natural] color [and] does not ruin nature; that is,
[the cross] does not kill but keeps [man] alive. For
the just man lives by faith, but by faith in the
Crucified One. Such a heart is to be in the midst of
a white rose, to symbolize that faith gives joy,
comfort, and peace; in a word it places the believer
into a white joyful rose; for [this faith] does not
give peace and joy as the world gives and, therefore
the rose is to be white and not red, for white is
the color of the spirits and of all the angels. Such
a rose is to be in a sky-blue field, [symbolizing]
that such joy in the Spirit and in faith is a
beginning of the future heavenly joy; it is already
a part [of faith], and is grasped through hope, even
though not yet manifest. And around this field is a
golden ring, [symbolizing] that in heaven such
blessedness lasts forever and has no end, and in
addition is precious beyond all joy and goods, just
as gold is the most valuable and precious metal.
May Christ, our dear Lord, be with your
spirit until the life to come. Amen.
From the wilderness Grubok, July 8 1530
—Luther’s Works. Letters II / edited and translated
by Gottfried G. Krodel. Philadelphia: Fortress
Press, 1972. p. 358-359.
Given to the Glory of God
by the Reformation Bell Choir,
supported by the Congregation
with matching funds from Thrivent.
Dedicated on March 16, 2008.
The Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments depicted as Roman numerals on two stone
tablets. They are divided as Jesus summarized them
in Matthew 22:35-40:
And one of them, a lawyer,
asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which
is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said
to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your
mind. This is the great and first commandment. And
a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as
yourself. On these two commandments depend all the
Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)
The light of God’s revelation
beams down on and through the stone tablets from
above where the Holy Trinity is symbolized by
a triangle, superimposed with a trefoil and
triquetra. In the background is
Mount Sinai, where God gave the commandments to
Moses to give to the people.
And he gave to Moses, when
he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai,
the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone,
written with the finger of God.
—Exodus 31:18 (ESV)
In the foreground is the
burning bush where God first called Moses to lead
His people out of Egypt to the Promised Land
(Exodus 3:1-6; Acts 7:30ff).
Exodus 20: And
God spoke all these words, saying, “I am
the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land
of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any
likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or
that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the
water under the earth. You shall not bow
down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God
am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers on the children to the third and the fourth
generation of those who hate me, but
showing steadfast love to thousands of those who
love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in
vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who
takes his name in vain.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you
shall labor, and do all your work, but the
seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it
you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your
daughter, your male servant, or your female servant,
or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within
your gates. For in six days the Lord made
heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord
blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your
days may be long in the land that the Lord your God
is giving you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
“You shall not steal.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not
covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or
his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or
anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Given to the Glory of God
and in memory of Marion Lewis’
parents, Homer & Hilda (Larry) Reindley,
and her husband, Robert Lewis.
Dedicated on October 26, 2008.
The Apostles’ Creed
This window depicts the second of the six
chief parts in Luther’s Small Catechism,
namely the Apostles’ Creed.
In the center is the Holy Scriptures from which the Creed is
drawn as a summary of the Christian faith.
The Creed is denoted as
a leaf of green, on which is written the
Latin word (from which we get the word
creed) “CREDO,” which means “I believe.”
Above is a trefoil symbol of the Holy Trinity (the outline of the Creed).
Superimposed over the trefoil are three circles in which we see
symbols of the Godhead:
a hand emanating from a sky of blue,
representing the creative and blessing hand of God the Father;
a lamb holding a flag of victory on a field of royal purple,
symbolizing our victorious and
reigning Savior, the Son of God; and
a descending Dove on a Pentecost red
backdrop, reminding all of Pentecost and the
descent of the Holy Spirit.
Given to the Glory of God
and in memory of Fred & Harriet C. Backhaus.
Dedicated on January 4, 2009.
The Lord’s Prayer
This is the prayer our Lord taught his disciples. It is recorded in Luke 11 and Matthew 6.
Near the bottom, the introductory words, “Our Father, who art in heaven,”
encircle the arc of the globe which is resting on Baptismal waters and crowned with
praying hands. This is to depict the Church at prayer.
“Lord, teach us to pray,” printed on the right side, is the
request which prompted the Lord to give us this prayer.
Above, parting the clouds, is the Holy Trinity depicted by an interlaced triquetra
inside a silver circle of beveled glass. Light streams down to show that God hears
and answers our prayers for the sake of Christ.
Given to the Glory of God
in memory of Charter Member Benjamin C. Downs.
April 22, 2007
The two crosses near the top of the window remind
us of the baptismal liturgy: “Receive the sign of
the holy cross both upon your forehead and upon your
heart to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the
crucified” (LSB, p. 268).
The descending dove with the nimbus is the oldest
symbol for the Holy Spirit. The nimbus is called a
tri-radiant patee. Notice that the rays of light
shine down from the Holy Spirit, reminding us that
God’s gift of grace comes from Him to us.
The escallop shell is a traditional symbol for
baptism. The three drops of water coming off the
shell remind us that we are baptized “in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
(Matthew 28:19; LSB, p. 270)
Water flows generously from the shell, to drown the
old Adam. The red streaks in the water remind us of
the blood of Christ Jesus, shed for us to wash us
clean and bring us newness of life.
The ark, in the lower left corner, is a symbol of
the Christian Church. When God sent the flood, eight
believers were saved by means of the ark. Peter
makes the connection of the ark and baptism in his
Repent and let each of you be baptized in the name
of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is for you and your children.
Do you not know that all of us who have been
baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into
His death?... For if we have become united with Him
in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be
also in the likeness of His resurrection.
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have
done in righteousness, but according to His mercy,
the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy
Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through
Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His
grace we might be made heirs according to the hope
of eternal life.
1 Peter 3:20-21:
...when the patience of God kept waiting in the
days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in
which a few, that is, eight persons were brought
safely through the water. And corresponding to that,
baptism now saves you....
Scriptures from NASB.
Given by the Reformation Women’s Guild
and dedicated to the Lord for His many blessings, past and present.
April 5, 2009
Confession and the Office of the Keys
In the center of the window is the cross of Christ on which our Savior suffered and
died to purchase our forgiveness and salvation.
The keys overlay the cross to show this special authority which Christ has given
His Church on earth to forgive the sins of the repentant and withhold forgiveness
from the unrepentant.
The stole and staff symbolize the pastoral office of those called to act “in
the stead and by the command of Christ” in the application of this authority.
The hands below symbolize our confessing to God that we are sinful and unclean.
The hand from above depicts absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as
from God Himself with the authority of Christ who is the Alpha and Omega.
The open scriptures reflect the references of Matthew 16:19 and John 20:22-23,
which are the basis of these teachings.
Given to the glory of God
in memory of LaVern DeBlaze’s father, George Lorenz,
and her husband, Marvin Vahle.
Dedicated on November 4, 2007 (All Saints’ Day celebrated).
The Lord’s Supper
Two intersecting circles reflect the Sacrament of the Altar.
In the bottom circle wheat and
grapes are the source of the unleavened bread and
the wine depicted above with the chalice and the host.
The middle field is the white linen of the altar.
The blood red cross on the host
and the rays of God’s glory are to draw us to
Christ’s words that say, “this is my body which is
given for you. This do in remembrance of Me. . .
This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is
shed for you, for the forgiveness of sins.”
So as Luther explains this
sacrament, “It is the true body and blood of our
Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine,
instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to
eat and to drink.”
Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper: Matt. 26:26-29,
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and
blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples
and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” and he took
a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to
them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is
my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for
many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall
not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that
day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
Paul addressed the Lord’s Supper: I Corinthians 11:23-32,
For I received from the Lord what I also
delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night
when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had
given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my
body which is for you. Do this in remembrance
of me.” In the same way also he took the cup,
after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant
in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in
remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this
bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s
death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats
the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an
unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body
and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine
himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of
the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without
discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on
himself. That is why many of you are weak and
ill, and some have died. But if we judged
ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when
we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so
that we may not be condemned along with the world.