Windows

In 1954, a program was started to sell bonds bearing a 5% interest to the members and friends of the church. The bond sale was completely successful and the building of a new sanctuary began in 1955. The Sanctuary was completed in time for Christmas Eve service in 1957.

The Rev. Dr. Donald H. Stewart was the Pastor (1953 – 1967). Bob Fischer and Will Campbell were church members and partners in a local architectural firm (Fischer, Campbell & Associates) and worked closely with Fred Opplinger of Jacoby Art Glass Company as the Sanctuary Windows were designed.

The principal designer was Mr. Josef Mayer, of the Jacoby Art Glass Company, St Louis MO.

The SANCTUARY WINDOWS were to be like none others.

“We are anxious that these windows be like none others, that the soft rich blue tones move from one window to another, that there be a unity between all the windows (not separate, spotty, individual glass).  To repeat our story again: It is to be one big window, not 13 separate windows.  (July 19, 1956 Letter to F.O. Opplinger, Jacoby Art Glass from R. Fischer, Fischer, Campbell & Associates)”

The Rev. Dr. Donald H. Stewart authored the content of the main as well as the side windows.

“I chose the text in the windows, some of my favorite verses that I learned by heart along with several hundred others at my grandmother’s urging. They still are deeply embedded in my heart and soul. I tried to fit the general scope of biblical story from Creation, Fall, Judgment, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Transfiguration, being in hope born of God’s promises of new creation.” (Window Sermon Series page 7).”

The following documents are an attempt to consolidate many of the documents from the archives of The First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood to share the history and symbolism of the Sanctuary Windows.

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Sanctuary Main Windows

Images of the main and each individual window with symbolism heralding its subject with name and figure, below which appears an incident central to that person’s life or writing.

Source: Windows Sermon Series, First Presbyterian Church Kirkwood by The Rev Dr Lewis R. Thomas, Pastor, The Rev. Mrs Leslie M. Piper, Associate Pastor, The Rev. Mr Robert E. Slater, Associate Pastor - January - April 1995

Sanctuary Side Windows

Images of each of the side windows on the left side of the sanctuary as you face the chancel with symbolism narratives.

Source: The windows symbolism explanations in this document were copied from an original that included the following notation 6/80 JS. The head-of-staff pastor 1967 – 1983 was the Rev. Dr. Ralph E. Kipp.


Windows Symbolism
(text and images)

Narratives on the symbolism of the main and side windows with notes on liturgical colors and references.

Source: The windows symbolism explanations in this document were copied from an original that included the following notation 6/80 JS. The head-of-staff pastor 1967 – 1983 was the Rev. Dr. Ralph E. Kipp.


Windows Sermon Series

The sermons shared at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood from January – April 1995.

Source: Windows Sermon Series, First Presbyterian Church Kirkwood by The Rev Dr Lewis R. Thomas, Pastor, The Rev. Mrs Leslie M. Piper, Associate Pastor, The Rev. Mr Robert E. Slater, Associate Pastor - January - April 1995

Stained Glass Sanctuary Windows

Introduction to the Windows Sermon Series
(prepared by Mrs. Martha Dus).

Source: Windows Sermon Series, First Presbyterian Church Kirkwood by The Rev Dr Lewis R. Thomas, Pastor, The Rev. Mrs Leslie M. Piper, Associate Pastor, The Rev. Mr Robert E. Slater, Associate Pastor - January - April 1995

Windows Symbolism

Narratives on the symbolism of the main and side windows with notes on liturgical colors and references.

Source: This document is a scanned copy of an original that included the following notation 6/80 JS. The head-of-staff pastor 1967 – 1983 was the Rev. Dr. Ralph E. Kipp.