These pictures and descriptions do not sufficiently display or describe our windows as well as experiencing them in person, but it is hoped this page will give you a sense of the thought and inspiration behind their creation. We also hope you’ll come to see them during our Sunday Worship Celebrations!
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The diagram below gives the approximate locations of the windows in our main sanctuary.
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G). The Gambrill Memorial Window. “Come Unto Me.” Donated in 1924, this chancel window is one of the largest stained glass windows in the country. Standing 26 feet high and 22 feet wide, the window contains over 18,000 pieces of glass. Influenced by the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the work was designed by H.B. Hankinson, with figures by artist Charles Mente of New York. Based on Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Christ, with arms outstretched, is surrounded by a multitude yearning for that rest, including a penitent sinner, a laborer and his ailing wife, a blind man led by his daughter, a student, a penitent woman, and a wounded warrior.
These twenty-one windows were installed along the north and south walls of our main sanctuary from 1913 to 1914. The figurative panels were chosen from catalogs of designs produced by artists of the era. They were inserted into an overall stained glass scheme that included decorative elements, symbolic medallions and a memorial plaque.
1.) The Rev. William J. Stevenson Window.
Medallion: Ten Commandments.
“The Sermon on the Mount.” Based on Heinrich Hoffmann’s picture. Jesus teaches the crowds in the Sermon on the Mount.
2.) The Henry S. Goldey Window.
Medallion: The Bible.
“The Resurrection Morn.” Based on the painting by W. Bouquereau. Christ, the conqueror of death.
3.) The Rev. Thomas F. Plummer Window.
Medallion: Cross on the Solid Rock.
“Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me.” Based on the painting by Heinrich Hoffmann. The Master shows His compassion for the children.
4.) The William H. Billany, Mary A. Billany Window.
Medallion: Greek letters Chi Ro.
“The Angel with the Trumpet.” Based on a work by William Reith of Philadelphia. A symbol for victory.
5.) The Thomas B. Smith Window.
Medallion: Seven-branch Candlestick.
“Christ Walking on the Sea.” From the painting by Heinrich Hoffmann. Jesus walks calmly upon the surface of the sea to the disciples.
6.) The Sarah A. Wood Window.
“Ruth Gleaning.” Based on the painting by Louis Bruck-Lajos. Ruth gleaning in the fields of Boaz.
7.) The Henry Evans Window.
Medallion: Cross and Bible.
“Christ the Sower.” Based on a painting by George Hahn. Christ is portrayed as the Sower in His own parable.
8.) The Robert F. Robinson, Maria J. Robinson Window.
Medallion: Ark of the Covenant.
“The Angel of Mortality.” From the painting by M. Erlanger. Symbolizing the 90th Psalm.
9.) The Col. Enoch Moore Window.
Medallion: Noah’s Ark.
“Christ on the Road to Emmaus.” Based on the painting by Heinrich Hoffmann. Jesus appears to two travelers after His resurrection.
10.) The Rev. Wesley C. Johnson Window.
“Moses Teaching the Law.” Based on a painting by Julius Schnoor. Inspired by Exodus 35:1 - Moses assembled all the congregation of the Israelites and said to them: These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do.”
11.) The John Moore Scott Window.
“Christ’s Benediction.” “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
12.) The Henry F. Pickels Window.
“Psalm 116: 17.” Based on the picture by Julius Von Carolsfield. King David plays the harp standing upon a palace balcony.
13.) The S. Susanna Butler, Elias P. Butler Window.
Medallion: Torch and Wreath.
“The Good Shepherd.” Based on the painting by Bernard Plockhorst. Christ portrayed as the good shepherd.
14.) The Leander F. Riddle Window.
“The Angel at the Tomb.” Based on the picture by Bernard Plockhorst. The angel announcing Christ’s resurrection to the three visiting Marys.
15.) The William M. Field Window.
Medallion: Alpha and Omega.
“The Ascension.” Based on a painting by Gottleib Bierman. The Savior rising into Heaven.
16.) The Anna J. Wheeler Window.
“The Guardian Angel.” Based on the picture by Heinrich Hoffman. Artist’s concept of the Guardian Angel.
17.) The Robert B. Wheeler Window.
“Come Unto Me.” Based on the picture by Koehler Villiandis. Christ extends an invitation to “all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
18.) The Rebecca W. Scott Window.
“Madonna.” Based on the painting by Cuno Von Bodenhausen. Artist’s contemporary interpretation of the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus.
19.) The William H. Curry, Margaret A. Curry Window.
“Christ Knocking at the Door.” Based on the painting by Heinrich Hoffman. Christ knocks and awaits admittance, to have hearts be opened and let the King of Glory enter.
20.) The Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Robb Window.
Medallion: Sheaf of Grain.
“The Widow’s Mite.” Based on the painting by Gustav Dore. Based on Christ’s praise of the widow’s offering at the temple: “…she of her want did cast in all that she had.”
21.) The Mary Jane Darlington Window.
Medallion: Light on Book.
“The Light of the World.” Based on the painting by William Hoffman Hunt. The Savior knocks at the door of the human heart, holding a lantern of glory for those who heed the call.
Other Sanctuary Windows
The Facade Window overlooks our sanctuary entrance on West Street. Its tracery contains windows with 5 lancets and a rose window within a large Gothic arch. The stained glass work dates from the 1870’s and may have been based on architect Thomas Dixon’s design.
The Trefoil Window. This small arched window is the only other window at the Ninth Street balcony level. Its floral grisaille pattern, known as a rose pattern, is similar in style to the large facade window. It is a tri-corner Oculus, with a Tudor Rose design. The window design symbolizes the Trinity.