No Greater Love

Stained glass church windows .. I haven’t seen these in real life, yet I’m in awe! Feeling very grateful to Bishop Matthew Gunter, Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac /northeast and northcentral Wisconsin USA, who shared the first photo on Facebook. I asked permission to use it and he kindly provided me with photos of two more windows! Readers, I was overjoyed 🙂

Tonight in New Zealand as I prepare this post it’s already Sunday evening. Overnight the rest of the world will be busy with Sunday activities while I sleep –I hope these photos bring you joy!

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Church information: the windows are located in St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church described by Bishop Gunter in his FB post as “located on an island on a lake in the vacation wonderland of the Wisconsin northwoods.” Sounds idyllic.

St. Matthias, Minocqua.
~the church home page shows light streaming through the windows .. the effect is heavenly!


Trio of windows L-R:

“This is my Beloved” | “Indeed it was very good” | “The Light of the World”


“No Greater Love than this”
~ Resurrection


“I am with you always”
~ Sacraments


~ prayer shared by Bishop Gunter via FB ~12 July

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord.
Amen.
(St. Benedict)

~Bishop Matt is on Facebook | Twitter and blogs at An Odd Work of Grace


Posted by Liz, photos via Bishop Matthew Gunter
Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. Beautiful windows indeed. I find they work better for me at a distance, as in the top photograph. That way the windows come across to me as harmonious wholes. At something of a distance is how I assume most people in the church will see them.

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    1. In the post I gave a link to the church home page, there you can see congregants inside the church with the windows behind them. i could’ve resized the latter two images to a smaller size, and considered it, but figured some visitors would like to see max detail! Bp Gunter mentioned in his email to me that these latter windows aren’t so well lit due to trees outside (which you can see through the glass). They still look pretty wonderful though! Here’s the link again to the church home page: https://www.stmatthiasminocqua.com/

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  2. Some contemporary stained glass windows are a bit lacking in design and color, but these are lovely. I enjoy the rich colors of older glass, but these prove that a different palette can work. It’s especially fun to see so much of their local environment included — especially in the top photo: lake, fish, flowers.

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    1. I feel very similarly to you, that some contemporary stained glass windows can be disappointing. These delighted me though, an abundance of colour and creation! The natural elements are so lovely and remind me of a previous post I did of the ordination of an Episcopal bishop in Alabama and the local nature featured in her attire. You saw it at the time but I’ll leave the link anyway for anyone who’s interested: https://exploringcolour.wordpress.com/2020/09/13/alabama-nature-consecration-colour/

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  3. I love the bright, modern “vibe” of these stained glass windows, with their lighter, almost pastel color palette. I think, Liz, that this is very much in keeping with the approach of many contemporary churches to make the worship services less formal and more joy-filled that they haver often been in the past.

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