Stories in Stained Glass

It is often asserted that stained glass appeared in medieval churches as a means to illustrate the stories of the Bible for a largely illiterate audience, but I’ve never been satisfied with this explanation. It somehow minimizes the value of the art and its meaning. I’ve sometimes heard people express appreciation for this church’s stained- glass windows because they don’t depict religious themes at all, but that’s a mistaken understanding. On Heritage Sunday, we will explore the origin and meaning of these stained-glass treasures.

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

Sermon Video

Order of Service

Centering Thought

A work of noble art is in itself, by its composure and perfection, a peace giver, a restorative, a sanctuary for the moment inviolable.

– Von Ogden Vogt

Centering Music

Maple Leaf Rag, by Scott Joplin, played by Daniel Clark


Cate Ziegler

Gathering Hymn

#361 Enter, Rejoice and Come In

Chalice Lighting

A Call to Grounding by Rev. Kelly Digman, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Opening Words

Who Shall Bear Hope? by Marge Piercy, read by Cate Ziegler


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

How Windows Work, by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

sung as youth head downstairs for religious exploration


Cate Ziegler

Pastoral Caring Space

Andre Vanderstoep

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Pastoral Hymn

#1003 Where Do We Come From? (sung seated)


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Offertory Music

“Dawn” from Pride & Prejudice by Dario Marianelli, performed by Daniel Clark


Art and Religion by Von Ogden Vogt, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


#298 Wake Now My Senses

Note: We will begin recording the sermon following the anthem, with apologies for the Zoom announcement of recording interruption.


Stories in Stained Glass, by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#1057 Go Lifted Up


Cate Ziegler

Closing Words

Be Ours a Religion by Theodore Parker, read by Cate Ziegler

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Religious Education: Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera, CLRE (coordinator), Paulina Hernandez (childcare provider), Debby Lake
  • Pastoral Care Coordinator: Andre Vanderstoep
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Hymn Lyrics Coordinator: Debby Lake
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead, Ann LeDuc
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Website Support: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershilll

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Want to help setting up on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.

Please refrain from taking photographs and making recordings during and after the service without the express permission of all people involved. Also, please turn off electronic devices during the service. Thank you.