Peace Lutheran’s sanctuary is simple and modest in size. It doesn’t have soaring ceilings, elaborate chandeliers, or an ornately carved marble altar.What it does have is a magnificent stained glass Trinity Rose Window that inspires worshippers and reaches out in Christian love to all those passing by.
The window was crafted by Emil Frei Associates of St.Louis, a family-owned, stained glass studio founded at the turn of the century. The design was created by the late Rodney Winfield, best known for designing the National Cathedral’s Space Window.
Cut from mouth-blown, full antique stained glass, the materials were sourced primarily from Germany.
The circular window portrays the universe, complete with the dark of space, the stars, and planets, representing eternity and the Creator, God the Father. Central to the Trinity theme, the design is anchored by the Latin cross of Jesus, the Son of God. Although the cross shows the nail marks from Jesus’ hands and feet, the cross is empty—Christ is risen! The dove in flight is a reminder of the Ruach (רוּחַ), or breath, of the Holy Spirit. Like a powerful wind that obliterates the old and makes all new, the Spirit changes everything. We at Peace Lutheran are a community “Bound by Christ to Break Boundaries.” We ask the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, guiding and sustaining us as we open the windows of our hearts, walk beyond our doors, and become bread for the world.
Here are two essays written about the window by seventh grade students.