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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Southern Heights Christian Reformed Church

Studio Name: Vanderburgh Art Studio

City: Kalamazoo

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Coming of Messiah

Brief Description of Subject: From a booklet, "Southern Heights Christian Reformed Church," July 1981.

Stained glass windows are not meant as decoration; they are designed to present a message and thus enhance our worship experience.

For all the main floor windows, five panes in height, there is a common and uniform pattern. Each window is a mirror of its neighbor (except for the specific symbol) with the size, shape, color, and tone of the pieces of stained glass making up the windows. A curve extends through each window in the middle pane to the pane below it. The distinct impression is given of the curve continuing from window to window. Thus, although each window is different in its symbol, there is a commonality, unifromity, and consistency from one to the other. This informs us that although there are different aspects of the message of Christianity, it all weaves together in one unified whole -- God's covenant of grace with mankind, fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

The sixteen stained glass windows in the sanctuary proper, starting in the southeasterly corner at the rear, going forward to the pulpit area, then from front to rear on the northerly wall, summarize the message of the Bible, following the theme of Creation-Fall-Redemption. As we look at these designs, we marvel at God's great plan of history. The two windows in the balcony remind us of the mission challenge of the church. As we leave, let us dedicate ourselves to becoming God's witnesses. The four corner windows outside the sanctuary represent four different songs of the church. Singing has always been an important part of Christian worship, for songs not only enable us to praise our God, but also point us to Jesus, both to what he has done and what he has in store for us.

"God forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code ... that was against us ...; he took it away, nailing it to the cross." Colossians 2:13b-14

God has provided an answer to our insoluble predicament. His sending of Jesus his Son is represented by both the Christmas star and the Christmas flower. The very center of this window is the victorious cross on which the blood of Christ was shed as an atonement for sin. Jesus is thus the light of the world, that overcomes the darkness of sin. (John 1:4-5; 8:12).

Height: 67.5"

Width: 36"

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

Coming of Messiah
Coming of Messiah

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