To see a real hands-on stained glass experience and realize the wonderful work that a congregation can achieve, visit the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Greenville, South Carolina.
This beautiful inspirational window is a visual landmark for the church as travelers pass on Pleasantburg Drive.
Foothills Art Glass designed, fabricated and installed the beautiful Luther's Seal eight window segments. The window pieces were placed on the interior side of the circular window in the choir loft.
The church youth contributed a very meaningful sum of money as they visualized the heart of the Seal being from them. Fund raising supported the projected six thousand dollar cost of the total project.
A field trip for the youth and interested adults was held at Foothills Art Glass. The excursion began at church with an explanation of stained glass by Bob Becker. The group traveled to the studio in Greer to observe (1) the Luther's Seal window pattern, (2) the assembly process of a stained leaded glass window and (3) to see samples of the selected rippled/wispy/smooth red, black, green, blue, white and gold colored glass.
The youth, and several adults, practiced their glass cutting skills. The excitement over Good Shepherds beautiful stained glass Luther's Seal window increased.
Martin Luther explained his coat of arms as follows: "There should be a black cross in the naturally red heart; for in the heart we must believe in the crucified One in order to be saved - For one who believes from the heart will be justified." (Romans 10:10). "The black cross should cause pain and mortification, yet it does not kill, but rather promotes the vital energy of the heart - the just shall live by faith." (Rom. 1:17).
"Such a heart should stand on a white rose, to show that faith imports joy, comfort and peace. And it should be white because that is the color of spirits and of angels, and the joys not of the world - and seeing two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain." (John 20:12).
The rose, finally, should be placed in a sky-blue field, as this joy is already the beginning of the heavenly, and is comprehended in the hope of heaven, and that field should be encircled with a golden ring, because heavenly salvation endures forever, and is valuable above all other possessions, as gold is the highest, noblest and most precious of all metals, Martin Luther ended his explanation with May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen.
The Church Circular Window Committee core members were Vee Ayers, Bob Becker, Mark Bristol, Catherine & Steve Graef, Anne Herman and Kyle Martin.
To see this landmark church and its circular window, visit the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 1601 North Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville, SC.