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STAINED GLASS THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
"So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded." --Exodus 35:35
The Bible treats beauty as something that has value because God made it and delights in it. We should do no less.
Help your loved one's testimony live on. A memorial window is a great way to honor God and to remember a loved one.
"In the face of such overwhelming beauty it is not necessary to belabor the faithful with logic." --attributed to noted famous 20th Century religious skeptic H. L. Menken
"Inspired stained glass is like music for the eyes. Whatever music can accomplish stained glass can, too." --Dave Wixon, stained glass artist and studio owner
We have a special affinity for our church projects and have developed expertise and an excellent reputation for our work in this area.
Our mission is to assist churches attain a higher level of worship, witness and spiritual growth by integrating faith and art through our creation, maintenance and restoration of stained glass.
The excellence of all our stained glass services enables your church to be a good steward while having the kind of glass that will most effectively support its other ministry efforts to glorify God, to proclaim His Gospel and to inspire members.
From our stained glass studio located in suburban Chicago, Illinois, David Wixon & Associates, Inc. provides services throughout the United States no other firm can surpass. Your church can acquire new or preserve existing inspirational stained glass by having our team of expert designers, builders, installers and restoration specialists meet the requirements of even your most unusual and challenging projects.
New stained glass has a vital role in today's church.
We believe when pursued with an awareness of God as the source and end of all creativity, beauty and truth, stained glass becomes a means of Christian growth and praise.
The secular world is full of visual images exalting its own messages.
SEX! GREED! VIOLENCE!
In response, churches today are exploring and adopting methods of "holistic worship" such as drama, dance, contemporary music, fabric art and videos to communicate their own messages.
Churches are once again recognizing the vital roles and proven power of visual art and, in particular, stained glass to communicate their own messages.
Ideas by which people live have always been expressed in images, symbols, stories, and characters. These are all things that stained glas can portray.
Beauty needs no justification for existence.
Indeed, ugliness is far from God. No church can defend being ugly. Besides beauty, art also involves the technical details of how things are made. When truth is combined with beauty and technical excellence the result is a message with intensified impact.
Stained glass is a powerful tool for proclaiming truth
It is an effective tool for inspiring worship, facilitating teaching, reminding and commemorating. This is true whether the church architecture is classic or modern, whether the worship style is traditional or contemporary. Ecclesiastical glass should definitely have a place in your church.
Stained glass is only inspirational when it is inspired.
Although God is free to work at any time, any place, and any way, something badly conceived or poorly executed is not God honoring and is not appropriate. In order to create God honoring windows, we will work in partnership with you within the frameworks of truth, beauty and technical requirements. We will be guided by your needs, tastes, prominent beliefs, liturgical traditions, worship style, architectural motif, budget, schedule and other pertinent objectives. This collaborative effort assures you of a smoothly conducted projects as well as a successful conclusion. The result will be windows which are sound in theology, art and construction.
Additional uses for stained glass.
Even without religious symbolism. stained glass can advance worship by providing privacy, establishing a mood, blocking a distracting view and controlling light and glare. It can play an important role in enhancing your worship by creating a sense of special place and time. It provides a physical and emotional stimulation of joy and wonder that comes from light and color. Stained glass is also important in defining the architectural style of your building.
The special role of memorial windows
Memorial windows to the glory of God provide a tangible, beautiful and suitable means by which loved ones can be honored. These windows are an enduring witness of those being remembered.
Usually funded entirely with gifts, memorial windows provide an excellent means for acquiring stained glass for your church.
We can help you and your donors develop an appropriate theme or design for their particular window. In addition, we can work with your church to plan a coordinated, comprehensive program of designs for future memorial windows. The existence of such a program will stimulate gifts to support your stained glass in the future. It will also provide the most effective and attractive overall final results for windows to be acquired over a period of time.
Adapting Stained Glass from One Location to Another
We can adapt stained glass you now have to a new location, size or use. Increasingly, churches have stained glass from a previous building or another congregation they would like to adapt for a new purpose. However, the new application for this glass is rarely the same as it originally was. For instance, borders may need to be expanded, previous poor repairs corrected and missing panels duplicated. We are willing to work with these older windows and are experienced in successfully adapating them for continuing inspiration and service.
"Dave, Thank you for all your work. The windows look great and we are getting many positive comments on them. May God bless you so that you can add beauty and majesty to many more of His churchs. Al & Sue, Stained Glass Committee at Ringwood United Methodist Church."
Al and Sue, thank you. It is always a priviledge to be able to create inspirational glass that will enhance worship.