When Emmanuel made the move to its new location in Clovis, some far-thinking members determined to bring with them the stained glass windows that had adorned the church in Fresno. Seven of these windows are readily visible in the sanctuary. Three others are found elsewhere. Each of them tells the story of God’s amazing love.
This window depicts the birth of Jesus. Shown is Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, plus an adoring shepherd. Jesus’ birth began the fulfillment of God’s promise to come down from heaven and save people from their sins. The name “Emmanuel” means “God with us.”
This window shows the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry that lasted 3 1/2 years. He was baptized in the River Jordan by John the Baptist to fulfill the law’s demands. The Father and the Holy Spirit appear to ratify Jesus’ ministry. The Latin reads, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”
As Jesus proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom of God, he paid particular attention to those who were marginalized in life. Here he is adored by children and informs his disciples that to enter the Kingdom of God one needs to have a childlike faith.
As Jesus’ ministry comes to an end, the night before he was crucified, he gathered together his 12 disciples and partook of the Passover. He transformed this meal form a remembrance of God’s saving actions upon Israel to God’s new covenant, ratified by Jesus’ death on the cross. As we eat the bread and drink from the cup, Jesus tells us, he is with us sacramentally and assures us of forgiveness of sins and his everlasting presence.
After The Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples went out to pray. They were in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus prayed to his Father with such intensity it was as “great drops of blood” flowing from him. Jesus taught us the importance of prayer in the Christian life.
This window shows the ultimate sacrifice of the Son of God for the sins of the world. His death was the “great transfer”: our sins for his sinlessness; our death for his everlasting life; our hell for his heaven. To all who believe in his name, he gives the power to become children of the heavenly father.
This window shows the greatest day in the church: when Christ rose from the dead. Christ’s resurrection proves that he conquered sin, death, and the devil. It tells us that though we die, we too shall rise again.
Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead, he left this earth for heaven in the ascension. This action was to prepare his people for the coming of the age of the church and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Christ now rules alongside the Father and will return to earth as Judge on the Last Day.
Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven was Pentecost. As promised, God gave to his believers the empowerment of the Holy Spirit which, here, is shown as tongues of fire. The Holly Spirit comes to all who believe, engendering and sustaining faith, and endowing the believer with spiritual gifts for the ministry of the church.
The imagery for this window is from Revelation where Jesus speaks to the church at Laodicea. He cautions the church against becoming luke-warm toward Jesus. He invites the church and our hearts to welcome wholeheartedly the Lordship of Christ into our lives.