The Sanctuary Windows

As you enter the sanctuary, the first window on the right depicts “The Creation of Man.” The original of this interpretation is found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and was painted by Michelangelo.

The second window begins the story of the Old Testament represented by “Abraham,” the father of our faith and of the Israelites.

The next three windows continue the Old Testament theme, with a smaller window under each of the Old Testament characters depicting something about each personality. These include “Moses” and “The Burning Bush,” “David” and “The Star of David” and “Isaiah” and “The Rose of Sharon.”

Isaiah points the way into the New Testament through his many prophecies of the coming Messiah.

As you stand facing the congregation, the New Testament theme begins on your right. These include “The Nativity” and “The Cross with the Branch,” “Jesus at the Temple” and “Torah,” “The Miracle by the Sea” and “The Fish and Nets,” “The Crucifixion” and “The Cross and the Robe” and, finally, “The Resurrection” and “The Crown and Alpha and Omega.”

High above the Altar is the “Rose Window” which shows Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.

As you continue facing the congregation, you can get the full beauty of the window above the entrance which beckons everyone to “Come Unto Me.”

Come Unto Me

Come Unto Me

In Memory

This window was given by Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Jackson in memory of their beloved son, J. G. Jackson, Jr.

About the Window

This window depicts Jesus Christ with open arms inviting the people to “Come unto me.”

On his right are four symbols, a descending dove, a staff, an open Bible and the Alpha and Omega.

On his left are two symbols, the cross with a crown and an olive branch.

Matthew 11:28

  “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”

Rose Window

In Honor and Memory

Mr. and Mrs. George Roberts gave this window in honor and memory of the early women of the church who from the beginning have contributed greatly to the work of the Methodist Church in Angleton and around the world, and who left such a rich heritage in the memories of the children whom they taught and whose character they molded.

About the Window

The “Rose Window” is high with symbolism. It is above the altar. Jesus is kneeling and praying for guidance and strength to bear the coming arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Around the figure of Christ the wheat and grapes are seen, symbols of the bread and wine of Holy Communion. The cock was the sign Peter understood too well. The lantern, swords, and gate are symbols of the soldiers coming to arrest him. The disciples slumbering are symbols of human weakness and frailty.

Matthew 26:36

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He said to the disciples, Stay here while I go and pray over there.

The Creation of Man

In Memory

Dr. and Mrs. Warren Hardwick gave this window in memory of her father, Mr. A. O. Walker.

About the Window

 

This window is similar to Michael Angelo’s painting of the creation of man in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

It shows God touching a lifeless man and giving him life.

Genesis 2:7

the Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life’s breath into his nostrils. The human came to life.

Abraham

In Memory

The window was given by Mrs. Lula P Murray and her daughter, Miss Lavinia Murray, in memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Pattison.

About the Window

 

Abraham, the father of our faith, is shown ready to kill his own son as a sacrifice to God. The altar is ready and he has a knife in his hand.

He believes this is what God wants him to do. God does stop him and commends him for his faith.

Genesis 22:12

The messenger said, “Don’t stretch out your hand against the young man, and don’t do anything to him. I now know that you revere God and didn’t hold back your son, your only son, from me.”

Moses

In Memory

Mrs. Ada Snow gave this window in loving memory of her parents, Edward Burleson and Edith Jane Cannon.

About the Window

Moses is pictured here with a replica of the Ten Commandments.

Deuteronomy 5:1

Moses called out to all Israel, saying to them: “Israel! Listen to the regulations and the case laws that I’m recounting in your hearing right now. Learn them and carefully do them.

David

In Memory

Mr. and Mrs. George Roberts gave this window in loving memory of their parents and Mr. Walter Bascom Munson.

About the Window

David the regal king is shown with his robes of office and the harp which made him famous.

1 Samuel 16:13

So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him right there in front of his brothers. The Lord’s spirit came over David from that point forward.

Then Samuel left and went to Ramah.

The Burning Bush

In Memory

This window was given by Mrs. Ada Snow, Mr. Joe H. Snow, Jr. and his family in memory of Mr. Joe H. Snow, Sr.

About the Window

Moses first encounter with God’s messenger came through the burning bush.

Exodus 3:2

The Lord’s messenger appeared to him in a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was in flames, but it didn’t burn up.

The Star of David

In Memory

The Star of David window was given by Mr. Ben Cannan in memory of his lovely wife, Mrs. Jeannette B. Cannan.

About the Window

David, the son of Jesse, was a leading figure among the herdsmen about Bethlehem in the grazing country south of Jerusalem. He was annointed to be king, as a substitute for Saul, an enmity between them, and their respective followers lasted throughout David’s life. He succeeded to the throne of Judah soon after Saul’s death.

David is probably the outstanding and best known character of the Old Testament, and his history embraces no less than forty-two (42) chapters from 1 Samuel 16 to 1 Kings 3. To him are attributed some seventy-three (73) of the one hundred fifty (150) Psalms. To the Jews, he is to this day a hero and an inspiration, and his six-pointed star-like emblem is one of their most frequently used symbols.

2 Samuel 2:4-7

Then the people of Judah came to Hebron and anointed David king over the house of Judah.

When David was informed that it was the people of Jabesh-gilead who had buried Saul, he sent messengers to the people of Jabesh-gilead. “The Lord bless you,” he said to them, “for doing this loyal deed for your master Saul by burying him. May the Lord now show you loyal love and faithfulness. I myself will also reward you because you did this. So now take courage and be brave—yes, your master Saul is dead, but the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”

Isaiah

In Memory

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Evans gave this window in loving memory of their respective parents.

About the Window

Isaiah the prophet who told of the coming of the Son of God is pictured with a copy of his prophecy.

Isaiah 9:6

 

A child is born to us, a son is given to us,
    and authority will be on his shoulders.
    He will be named
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

The Nativity

In Memory

This window was given by Mrs. DeLila Helton in loving memory of her husband, Mr. Don Helton.

About the Window

The window shows Mary the Mother of Jesus, holding Jesus in her arms in the stable. The Star announcing his birth and two shepherds are in the background.

Luke 2:11

Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.

The Rose of Sharon

In Memory

This window was given by Mrs. J. G. Gill in loving memory of her husband, Mr. J. G. Gill.

About the Window

Sharon (Saron) is the seacoast plain between Joppa and Mount Carmel. It is a little more than fifty (50) miles in length and varies from eight to twelve miles in width. The southern portion is more fruitful, but the entire area is noted for the profusion of its flowers. The rose of Sharon is thought to be a type of narcissus.

Song of Solomon 2:1

I’m a rose of the Sharon plain,
        a lily of the valleys.

The Cross and the Branch

In Memory

This window was given by Mrs. L. B. Outlar in memory of her grandmother, Mrs. Nannie Brooks Stafford.

1 Corinthians 1:18

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are being destroyed. But it is the power of God for those of us who are being saved.

Isaiah 4:2

On that day, the Lord’s branch will become beautiful and glorious. The earth’s fruit will be the pride and splendor of Israel’s survivors.

Jesus at the Temple

In Honor

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fonville gave this window in honor of their children and Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Newell.

About the Window

Jesus is portrayed in the temple at the age of twelve, talking and discussing with the priests and wise men.

Luke 2:46

After three days they found him in the temple. He was sitting among the teachers, listening to them and putting questions to them.

The Miracle by the Sea

In Memory

Mrs. Lula Muray gave this window in loving memory of her husband, Mr. Joseph Lee Murray.

About the Window

The miracle by Jesus is shown here as he stands on the boat and Peter looks toward him for help after walking on the water.

Matthew 14:27-29

But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying, “Be of good cheer. It is I; be not afraid.”

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.”

And He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

Torah

In Memory

This window was given by Mrs. Mildred Clement and her children, Michael Clement and Loretta Hughes, in memory of her husband and their father, Mr. Loren H. Clement.

About the Window

The Torah was originally a parchment scroll containing the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament. It was later the whole body of Jewish religious literature, including the Scripture as well as the Talmud, the writings which constitute the body of early Jewish civil and religious law.

The Fish and Nets

In Honor

The window “The Fish and Nets” was given by Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cannon and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Coleman in honor of their grandchildren and children, Stephen, Lamar and Martin Coleman.

Matthew 13:47-48

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.”

The Crucifixion

In Memory

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wollam gave this window in memory and honor of their parents.

About the Window

Jesus is shown carrying his cross to be crucified.

Matthew 13:47-48

Then he delivered Him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led Him away.

And He, bearing His cross, went forth into a place called the Place of a Skull (which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha) where they crucified Him and two others with Him, one on either side and Jesus in the midst.

The Resurrection

In Memory

Mrs. A. L. Hammond gave this window in memory of her husband, Mr. A. L. Hammond.

Matthew 28:1-6

At the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.

And behold, there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the guards shook and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, “Fear ye not, for I know that ye seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

The Cross and the Robe

In Honor

This window was given in honor of Mrs. W. S. (Dessie) Millington by the Mary Martha Sunday School Class.

Matthew 27:31

And after they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

The Crown and Alpha and Omega

In Memory

This window was given by Mrs. Bolton Outlar, Sr. in loving memory of her parents, Charles S. Bennett and Jeanetta Stafford Bennett.

1 Peter 5:4

And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Revelation 1:8

I Am Alpha And Omega, The Beginning And The Ending,” saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.