The Stained Glass Windows

Ellen Miret-Jayson, Designer

Created & Installed by Statesville Stained Glass

The beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary of Myers Memorial United Methodist Church, tell the great story of our faith — from God’s creation of the earth to United Methodism today.  As you enter the sanctuary, the four windows on your left are the Old Testament windows. Window No. 1 is the first window to the left of the altar above the door. Window No. 2 is the second window to the left of the altar, and so on

Window No. 1: “The Creation and the Fall.” 

Bottom right: the seven days of creation depicted in a clockwise fashion. Left: the Fall of Man symbolized by the serpent, apple and the Tree of Knowledge. Upper right center: two flames, one burning strongly as the other fades away, symbolizing God’s refusal of Cain’s offering and the acceptance of Abel’s. Top of the window: Noah’s Ark. The rainbow symbolizes God’s pardon and forgiveness of man’s sins. Upper right center: two pillars of stone relating to Jacob awakening from his dream. Twelve stars are scattered about symbolizing the Sons of Jacob. The color green is symbolic of the hope & regeneration in the days to come. Middle right: the symbol of man and woman, creation and redemption.



Window No. 2: “The Patriarchs and Judges.”  

Bottom left: sacrifice of Isaac: a sacrificial pillar with a pile of wood and burning coals, a dagger above it and a ram, symbolize God’s Grace to Abraham. Moses dominates the center of this window. Lower center: a cradle hidden among the bulrushes signifying Moses’ salvation. Upper left: the Burning Bush. To the right: the tablets of the Ten Commandments and below them is the parting of the Red Sea, symbolizing the Exodus of the Jews. Bottom right: the crumbling Walls of Jericho with trumpets blowing. To the left of the Burning Bush: a trumpet and a torch inside a water vessel symbolizing Gideon. Directly across: a tree, a symbol of Deborah, the only female Judge and Prophetess. Above the tree: the sun’s rays can be seen together with pillars crashing down as a symbol of Samson. Above this: a pitcher in a pouring position together with thunder & lightening, symbolizing Samuel, the kingmaker and the last of the judges.



Window No. 3: “The Window of the Kings.”

The center of this window relates to the anointing of Saul, David & Samuel. Center left: a pitcher is turned onto a sword, symbolizing the anointing of Saul, whose reign was filled jealousy and conflict, and in the end he fell on his own sword. (1 Samuel 31:4). To the right of this pitcher: a ram’s horn pouring oil on a harp symbolizing David. The harp is being blessed by the Holy Spirit, shown to the left of the ram’s horn. Far left: a crown, symbolizing all kings great and small. Bottom left: a building appears behind a scale. Moving to the right are musical symbols, a book, and light of knowledge — all symbols of Solomon. Above center to the far right: a scorpion, relating to Rehoboam, who succeeded Solomon and split the kingdom. Hezekiah and Josiah, two of the many kings who reigned after the monarchy split, are represented by a sword & breastplate and a book of Law for carrying out sweeping reforms. Included here: the prophet Elijah going to Heaven on his fiery chariot. (Kings 2:11)


Window No. 4: “The Window of the Prophets.” 

The background of this window suggests a tree. “A Messiah would spring from the family of Jesse, father of David.” (Isaiah 11:1-3) Around the tree are seven doves representing the seven gifts of the Spirit. On the tree trunk: the Star of David can be seen  Middle left side: symbols for the Prophet Isaiah, including tongs with a hot coal & a scroll. Moving right: a shattered idol, a symbol of Hosea. Further right is a ram’s horn for Joel and far right are symbols for the Prophet Jeremiah: a city in flames, a cross and a book. On the book is a symbol taken from the catacombs which means, “To those who died for the truth.” Above: a fish for Jonah and moving left is a shepherd’s crook, a symbol for Amos. Directly above Isaiah: the double wheel, a symbol for Ezekiel and the Old & New Testament. Above this, moving right: a set of scales symbolizing the prophet Daniel who personifies justice. Sitting on top of the tree is the Lamb of God, signifying the Coming of Christ.


The Gable Window.

The Gable Window (pictured on the cover) is the dominant window of the Nave or Narthex. The three Crosses represent the hill of Golgotha where Jesus was crucified. The golden color of the crosses symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus and the salvation of all who believe. The Crown of Thorns, the emblem of shame, has become the emblem of victory. “Thanks be unto God who giveth us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:57). In each corner is alpha and omega, the beginning & the end, symbolizing God’s eternal presence.


Window No. 5: “The Incarnation & Birth of  Jesus.”

Directly across from the Prophet’s window, the New Testament begins with the birth of Christ. The bottom half represents the Annunciation and the Center & left: an enclosed garden and tower. The Mystic Rose symbolizes the Virgin Mary and the unicorn (to the far left) is a symbol of her purity. The Holy Spirit descending upon Mary is represented by the dove and the Madonna lily. Toward the upper left side: a manger with a peacock in the rafters symbolizing immortality. To the right: an ox and donkey, all symbols of the Nativity. Above the ox: a tree symbolizing the night Jesus was born when trees miraculously bore fruit and flowers bloomed. Above: the Star of Bethlehem in the East. The top of the window signifies the presentation of doves to be sacrificed at the Temple, which Mary did when she took Jesus to present Him to the High Priest.


Window No. 6: “The Window of the Life Of Christ.”

The window focuses on Jesus’ adult life. The center is dominated by His baptism. The Holy Spirit is  hovering overhead with a shell (center) pouring water over Christ, symbolized here by a fish. To the lower right: a shell portrays one of the first public acts of Jesus’ life, the calling of the Apostles, as represented by the fish in a net and a cross for Andrew, Simon and Peter’s “Keys of the Kingdom.” Moving left: symbols of Jesus’ many miracles, including the dramatic miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Directly above: His first miracle of turning water into wine at the marriage at Cana. Above right: the eight-point star of the Beatitudes, symbolic of the Sermon on the Mount. Twelve doves flying above the window relate to the Twelve Apostles spreading the Gospel.


Window No. 7: “The Window of the Immortal Christ.”

This window involves the events leading up to and including the Resurrection. Lower left corner: the Last Supper with symbols of the Eucharist. In Right corner: the instruments of the Passion. Above: a cock crowing, symbolic of Peter’s denial of Christ. The crucifixion dominates the center; the cross is shown in the Calvary of Golgotha, “the place of the skull.” The dice are symbolic of those who cast lots for Jesus’ robe. The sun and moon represent universal timeless sorrow for the humiliating death of Christ.


Window No. 8: “The Window of Methodism.” 

“God is with us” (bottom center) sets the theme for this window. Above left: a likeness of Lovely Lane Church, with a likeness of Myers Memorial United Methodist Church to the right. Above, a log church represents Robert Strawbridge’s First Methodist House in America. Directly above: the circuit rider symbol with the dates, “1784-1984” for the Bicentennial Celebration. Left center: a globe represents the earth as the “World Parish.” To the right: a hymn book and music notes praising the Lord. Above left: a Bible and trumpet reflecting the God’s love & wisdom. Right: Methodist Cross & Flame (“Strangely Warmed”). Around this: Evangelists: St. Matthew (upper right), St. Mark (lower left), St. Luke (lower right) & St. John (upper left). Above: the descending dove, the Holy Spirit.