Lamb of God

stained glassThe theme of the stained-glass window is “The Lamb of God.” A lamb’s head is at the top of the window. Jesus is the Lamb of God. The cross on which Jesus the Lamb was slain stretches across the window. The crown of thorns, representing the Lamb’s rejection by men, is seen where the arms of the cross meet.

The Sacrament of the Altar, in which the Church remembers its deliverance by the Lamb, is depicted by the circle of bread to the left. This circle contains the five scarlet wounds of Christ. The rim of the Communion cup can be seen at the top of the window, circling the head of the Lamb.

And at the bottom, symbolizing peace with God and healing from sin won for us by the Lamb, is the green olive branch. The artists who executed this window say: “Although the window employs symbolism, the flashings of light and color attempt to suggest the great mystery behind them.”

(The window was contributed to the church by member Aagot Storlie and was installed in the early 1970s after the remodeling of the sanctuary. It was designed and assembled by a commercial church window company.)



Martin Luther’s Seal

While he was a professor at Wittenberg University, Martin Luther designed this seal which he declared was “expressive of his theology.” The following letter was written to his friend, Herr Spangler, town clerk in Nuremberg, Germany.

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.

Luther sealThere is first to be a cross, black, and placed in a heart, which should be of its natural color (red), to put me in mind that faith in Christ crucified saved 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 shall live by faith, by faith in the Savior.

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.  Therefore, the rose is to be white, not red, for white is the color of the spirits and of all angels.

This rose, moreover, is fixed 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, to signify that such bliss in heaven is endless, and more precious than all joys 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.

Luther’s Works, American Edition, Volume 49, pp. 356 – 359