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Building Name: Kirk in the Hills

Studio Name: Burnham (W. H.) Studios

City: Bloomfield Hills

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, over 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1958

Subject/Title of Window: The Great Window

Brief Description of Subject: Five lancets of 5 to 8 panels each dealing with incidents from Acts of Apostles and indicating how the disciples and other early Christians went forth into the world to preach the gospel and teach all nations.

From "Welcome to the Kirk."
The great Bapistry window dominating the East Transept deas with incidents from the Acts of the Apostles and indicates how the disciplesz and other early Christians, fired by the inspiration of their Lord's Resurrection, went forth into the world to preach the gospel and teach all nations.

Designed by Wilbur Herbert Burnham, who also executed the two smaller windows on the north wall of the Baptistry, it is fourteen feet wide and thirty-three feet high. This is the largest window in the Kirk, and it took three and half weeks to complete the installation. The two windows on the south wall were created by Joseph G. Reynolds.

The center panel commemortes the Ascension of Christ and the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The four outside panels illumine Christ's commands to His disciples to go forth and teach, preach, heal and baptize. Above all, in the arch of the window, is the symbol of the Holy Ghost.

The first panel on the left devotes itself to illustrations of missionary work in various lands; and the second shows several scenes of preaching - both designed to symbolize the text from Mark (16:15): "And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

The third panel, to the right of the Ascension medallion, shows five healing scenes from the Bible; and far right panel depicts the command to baptize from Matthew (28:19): "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

Center panel:
1 - The Resurrected Christ speaks to the Disciples (Acts 1:9-11);
2 - Three cherubs;
3 - Two angels (John 20:12);
4 - "I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:1-3);
5 - The Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).

"Go ye":
1 - Three Disciples (Luke 24:26-40, 51-43);
2 - St. Barnabas Missionary (Acts 4:36,37; 11:22-28);
3 - St. Paul travels in Asia Minor (Acts 13:13-16);
4 - Africa;
5 - The South Seas;
6 - India;
7 - Eskimos;
8 - Southwest American Indians.

"Preach":
1 - Three Disciples;
2 - St. Peter Preaching (Acts 2:14,41);
3 - St. Paul at Mars Hill (Acts 17:22-26);
4 - St. Stephen before the Council (Acts 6:8-10, 12-15);
5 - St. Philip preaching in Samaria (Acts 8:5,6);
6 - St. Paul in prison (Acts 28:16-31).

"Heal":
1 - Three Disciples;
2 - St. Peter and St. John healing at the gates of the temple (Acts3:1-9);
3 - Healing in the shadowof St. Peter (Acts 5:14-16);
4 - St. Philip healing in Samaria (Acts 8:5-12);
5 - St. Peter healing Aeneas in Lydda (Acts 9:32-35);
6 - St. Paul healing in Lystra (Acts 14:8-11).

"Baptize":
1 - Three Disciples;
2 - St. Peter baptizing (Acts 2:38-41);
3 - St. Philip baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:35-39);
4 - St. Paul and Silas baptizing the jailer and his family (Acts 16:25-33);
5 - St. Paul and Silas released from prison (Acts 16:25-33);
6 - "I Baptize Thee" (Modern Missions).


Inscriptions: Wilbur Herbert Burnham Boston 1958
Go Ye Into All The World And Preach The Gospel Heal The Sick Batpize Them In The Name of The Father The Son and The Holy Ghost
St. Barnabas Missionary
St. Pauls Travels in Asia Minor
St. Peter Preaching
St. Paul at Mars Hill
St. Stephen Before the Council
St. Philip Preaching in Samaria
St. Paul in Prison
St. Peter and St. John Heal at the Gates of the Temple
Healing in the Shadow of St. Peter
St. Philip Healing in Samaria
St. Paul Healing Aeneas in Lydda
St. Paul Healing in Lystra
St. Peter Baptizing
St. Philip Baptizes the Ethiopian Eunuch
St. Paul and Silas Baptizing the Jailer and His Family
Do Thyself No Harm
St. Paul and Silas Released from Prison
I Baptize Thee


Condition of Window: Good

Height: 33'

Width: 14'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came

The Great Window
The Great Window
The Great Window close-up
The Great Window close-up
"Go ye" 1. Three Disciples (Luke 24:36-40, 51-53) and "Preach" Three Disciples
The Resurrected Christ speaks to the Disciples;
The Resurrected Christ speaks to the Disciples; "Heal" Three Disciples; "Baptize" Three Disciples
St. Barnabas Missionary (Acts 4:26, 37; 11:22-25) and St. Peter Preaching (Acts 2:14, 41)
St. Barnabas Missionary (Acts 4:26, 37; 11:22-25) and St. Peter Preaching (Acts 2:14, 41)
St. Paul travels in Asia Minor (Acts 13:13-16) and St. Paul at Mars Hill (Acts 17:22-26)
St. Paul travels in Asia Minor (Acts 13:13-16) and St. Paul at Mars Hill (Acts 17:22-26)
Healing in the Shadow of St. Peter (Acts 5:14-16) and St. Philip baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:35-39)
Healing in the Shadow of St. Peter (Acts 5:14-16) and St. Philip baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:35-39)
The Great Window, lower
The Great Window, lower
The Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4)
The Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4)
St. Peter healing Aeneas in Lydda (Acts 9:32-35)
St. Peter healing Aeneas in Lydda (Acts 9:32-35)
St. Paul and Silas released from prison (Acts 16:25-33)
St. Paul and Silas released from prison (Acts 16:25-33)
India, Eskimos
India, Eskimos
St. Paul in Prison (Acts 28:16-31)
St. Paul in Prison (Acts 28:16-31)
St. Paul healing in Lystra (Acts 14:8-11)
St. Paul healing in Lystra (Acts 14:8-11)
I Baptize Thee (Modern Missions)
I Baptize Thee (Modern Missions)
Southwest American Indians
Southwest American Indians
Window key
Window key

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