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Building Name: First United Methodist Church of Dearborn

Studio Name: Payne Spiers Studio

City: Dearborn

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Lay Person's Window

Brief Description of Subject: Left Panel
This window depicts the Ford Rouge Plant, the largest industrial complex in the world by the late 1920s, with its own power, glass, cement plant and by-products plants and 16 assembly plants. The City of Dearborn's location on the River Rouge enabled ships to bring iron ore, coal, limestone and lumber directly to the Ford Plant, which also had direct access from 92 miles of railway track. The Rouge Plant complex dwarfs the freighter ship on the water in the foreground. But, even more importantly, a keystone symbol inset centrally among the various buildings is that of an open Bible on a lectern, again a reminder of the central prominence of faith in daily life. Below the Bible are symbols of various trades— a saw, factory gear, compass, tongs, awl and hammer. Its inscription reads: "A Workman: Approved Unto God," which comes from the Book of 2 Timothy ("An Approved Workman"): "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Right Panel
The chi-rho symbols represent the first two letters in the Greek spelling of “Christ”. The crossed keys are the power to open and close church. The boat hook and shepherds staff suggested guidance and protection. The central figure of the church is that of the Webster Hill United Methodist Church of Webster Hills, Missouri. It is pastored by the bother of the member memorialized by this window. The fish is the net represents, “fisherman become fishers of men”. The open book on the eagle lectern reads, I am the way, the truth, the life fir for the kingdom “ (Luke 9:62)

Inscriptions: A Workman: Approved Unto God


Lay Person's Window
Lay Person's Window
Lay Person's Window close-up
Lay Person's Window close-up
The Lay persons window
The Lay persons window

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