Stained Glass Reflections

Stained Glass Reflections are meditations written by a member of our church reflecting on one of the four stained glass windows in our chapel.

We invite you to create a mosaic of your own. This could be from broken tiles, rocks, beans, strips of paper or whatever you have on hand. As you create, reflect on how God is present in the ordinary living of your day.

Stained Glass Reflection #1: When I think of Jesus, the word servant comes to mind because that is what Jesus was; it is what He did. He was a servant to all, especially to the outcasts of society… to those different from us and to those just like us. Jesus taught us how to be a servant and how to serve. READ MORE

Stained Glass Reflection #2: Looking at this beautiful stained glass window in our chapel, I see lots of temporary “things” that don’t last. I see flowers, leaves, snowflakes, and candles. Then I asked my extremely intelligent wife, Donna, what she sees, and she immediately says, “The Circle of Life.” READ MORE

Stained Glass Reflection #3: I don’t know about you but I am usually more likely to show mercy to others when I remember the mercy that has been shown to me. Here are “just a few”: Like when I stole a pretty pink lipstick off the dresser from my great Aunt Clara and my mom made me confess it to her. Aunt Clara had the best jewelry box and she let us nieces play in it when she came to visit. She didn’t get mad at me but hugged me instead. READ MORE

Stained Glass Reflection #4:Love one another.” Jesus’s command in John 13 is for all of us as his disciples, and the principle of the gleanings is one way we can conceptualize it. What does “leaving gleanings” look like today? READ MORE

Mike Queen Reflects on Rowan LeCompte

Rowan LeCompte (1926-2014) was a world-renowned stained-glass artist best known for his work in the Washington National Cathedral that spanned an unprecedented 70 years of artistic commission.

I was pastor at FBC when we commissioned the windows by Mr. LeCompte. We had been searching for an artist to do the four windows but with a little luck. Nancy Efird called me one day said she had read in parade magazine about Rowan LeCompte. She told me how famous he was and that he lived in Wilmington. In fact he lived across the street from Tom and Jimmy Wallace, members at First Baptist. He and I met at least a dozen times over the course of the three years it took him to complete the windows. Each visit was distinct memory unto itself. What I will never forget were the hours he spent sitting in the empty chapel studying glass and light. He would lean pieces of glass up against the clear glass of those windows and stare at them for hours. He will come on sunny days and then return on a cloudy day. He was always concerned that the windows faced north and the sunlight came from the south. He said that meant the sunlight shown on the old jail behind the chapel and reflected off of that red brick. He said it did strange things to the stained glass. He was a perfectionist, and the windows are a testament to that fact. He called me one day to tell me that he was going to be gone for a few weeks and that it would slow the process down. He said, “I need to go back to France and study the work of the 13th century masters one more time.“ He returned more inspired and more determined to finish our windows been at any time in the process. He put all the glass together and created the windows and then set the glass to New York to be leaded and set in the frames. To see them and to read the words of scripture in them is to know they are the work of a master.