Sunday, June 26, 2016

Stained Glass Serenity

St. Peter's Lutheran Church is one of two churches standing on Cathedral Hill. The congregation dates back over a century, and the current church, built in the early 1950s, is in a Gothic style. The stained glass windows along the sides of the sanctuary were done between 1985-93 by a single artist, Russell Goodman, and reflect scenes in the life of Christ, and Lutheran heritage. 

A close look at one of the stained glass windows shows a technique the artist used here and there- placing instead of a pane of stained glass, a block of the glass into the window. In this case it's the bright orange.

The minister was on hand when I dropped by, and he showed me a stained glass window most people aren't aware of. This is in the passageway between his offices and his sanctuary, and he said it gives him a place to gather his thoughts before beginning a service.

Here are some of the windows by Goodman, very vivid in turn.

Tomorrow I'll take you over to the other church in this area.


  1. Excellent photos. I am very impressed with the stone work of the building!

  2. An interesting old church. So love the stonework featured in the first photo.

  3. The bright colours of the windows are very attractive.

  4. Love all that stone! The interior shots are also well done. And the stained-glass photos are gorgeous.

  5. Gosh the windows are wonderful William, what a treat to see the special little window :)

  6. Beautiful stone work and those windows are gorgeous.

  7. gorgeous stain glass. i enjoy the design of the pulpit. ( :
    sunday, sunday, SUNDAY!!

  8. Vivid is the right word to describe those windows. They really are brilliant.

  9. Looks pretty, both inside and outside. I love the strong coloured artistic and beautiful windows.

  10. That's a church with great walls at the outside and very nice decorations inside.

  11. The inside looks beautiful. Great design and beautiful stained glass windows. Love the outside too.

  12. @Tex: I did too.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Kate: the style makes it look older than it is.

    @Gemma: it is a terrific style.

    @Marianne: as do I.

    @Marleen: they are!

    @Lowell: thanks!

    @Grace: I never get tired of stained glass.

    @Bill: they chose the artist well.

    @Beth: more stained glass to come in the neighbouring church.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Sharon: they are.

    @Gunn: I do too.

    @Jan: definitely!

    @Nancy: thanks!

  13. Beautiful! I never tire of seeing stained glass!

  14. Awesome stuff. It makes me take a long look at the detail and then the overall look.

  15. Wow, I love these windows, William !

  16. @MB: it is!

    @Linda: neither do I.

    @Norma: the artist did beautiful work.

    @Red: I have that as well.

    @RedPat: it is, yes.

    @Mo: indeed.

    @Karl: I do too.

  17. The glass windows are really beautiful.

  18. They are lovely, aren't they?! I'd love to have one at the house, but that ain't gonna happen!!!

  19. It's very pretty. The style makes the whole church seem older than mid 20th century.