Window Reflection: Pentecost Sunday

By Father T.J.   |   May 20, 2018

The two vertical windows, given in 1930 by Mrs. J.J. Wood in memory of her husband, are bold and dramatic in line and color, suggesting the use of a stencil in the making and obviously coming from a different hand than the other more restrained windows.  Overseeing all, in the first window is the Eye of God.  Below are the celestial crown of eternal life, the butterfly of the Resurrection, and an antique British cross.  At the bottom is inscribed in Greek, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord,” (Rev. 14:13), the comforting words heard at every Burial Office.  The other window shows the celestial crown, a pictorial representation of the Lamb of God, the Font and the figure of The Good Shepherd.

The round window above the double windows reproduces Hoffman’s well-known painting of The Agony in the Garden.  It is a memorial to H.H. Rogers, given by his wife. 

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“When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.”

Acts 2:1-4 (Common English Bible)

Could you imagine how awesome it would have been to be present for the first day of Pentecost? Sounds like a howling and fierce wind? Individual flames of fire resting on the heads of the Apostles? The visual imagery alone would have been enough to leave one speechless. And then, suddenly, those gathered were granted the ability to speak in other languages. With the greatest of theatrics, the promise of Christ has been fulfilled, his followers are now able to bear witness to what they have seen and heard beyond their own abilities and understandings. They are now able to speak to anyone whom they meet about Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, resurrected, and ascended.

The fulfilment of the promise is to expand the worldview of the Apostles: ‘Once you could only share my Good News with these people here; now you can share my Good News with the whole world.’ It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. At the day of Pentecost, Christ, through the working of the Spirit, removed all barriers that existed between those who knew him and those who did not. The Apostles no longer had any excuses for not proclaiming the salvation offered to the world by God through Christ.

So, in 2018 how do we as Trinity Church tear down the walls that divide the world? How do we work to further the mission of the early church, that all may come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior? Some of us may be called to learn a new language. Some of us may be called to lands now unknown to us. Some of us may be called to renew our passions towards our current ministries. All of us are being called to meet Christ in the stranger, the outcast, and the person not yet revealed. Rejoice sisters and brothers for our Lord calls us to new life and new hope, so that we may show forth the glory of the Lord wherever we may be.

Lord Jesus, you sent the Holy Spirit as your own first gift to the Apostles, give to us a portion of that same Spirit, so that being filled with your grace and love, we may join with your disciples across the world to make your salvation known to all those we meet along the way, and that at the last we may stand in that land of abundance and peace where you with the Spirit and the Father reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.