Mt. Pisgah

Lutheran Church


9379 Hwy 127 North

Hickory, NC  28601

(Bethlehem Community)

Phone:  828-495-8251

Fax:  828-495-8252


Worship:  8:00 and 10:30 am

(Nursery provided)

Sunday School:  9:15 am

(For all ages)


Church email

 secretary@mtpisgahelca.org


Webmaster email

slgreene13@gmail.com

 


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Events

 

Sunday, December 9th

Both Worship Services

Sunday School 

New Members Class

LRU Candlelight Concert 

All CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

 

Wednesday, December 12th

Advent Worship 6:30 pm

Pizza  5:15-6:15 pm

 

Sunday, December 16th

Mt. Pisgah Choir Cantata

8:00 and 10:30 am 

 

Sunday, December 23rd

Children's Christmas Program 

8:00 and 10:30 am

 

Monday, December 24th

Christmas Eve Worship

5:00 and 7:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On October 5th, 2014 Pastor Mike gave a sermon explaining our faceted glass windows.

 Facing towards the Altar

The two panels on either far side, right and left, are the two Old Testament Windows.  As someone has said “The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed and the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.”  It is more than fitting that the bookends of these windows should be the Old Testament with all other six windows pointing to the Christ of the New Testament.  It is also fitting that the two O.T. end windows have to do with Moses.  Moses in Egyptian means “Son” in Hebrew it means “Deliverer.”  Moses more than any other O.T. character gives us a foretaste of Christ as the Son who delivers!  Moses delivered his people from Egyptian slavery and bondage; Jesus delivers us from bondage to sin and death.  Moses rescues His people to the Promised Land; Jesus rescues us to the promised land of Heaven.

 

The First window on the far left is Moses at the burning bush, Exodus 3.  It is here shepherd Moses getshis call through a personal encounter with God to deliver His people from slavery in Egypt.  God always starts with a call—to give us meaning and purpose in life.  He encourages us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

The second window on the far right also has Moses, this time at Mt. Sinai.  This

 reminds us that God always equips those that He calls so Moses was equipped with the 10 Commandments.  This is found in Exodus 19-32.  The lightning and trumpets remind us of the fanfare and length (40 days) of his time with God.  At the bottom of the window is a depiction of the people of Israel, who as Exodus 32 reminds us were impatient with Moses and created an Idol (God) of their own.  Before Moses even descends Mt. Sinai the chosen people had broken the first commandment by making this golden calf.  This is a reminder of our sin and the fact that we cannot keep the law perfectly.

 

The next panel—the 3rd from the right is Jesus teaching called the Sermon on the Mount.  Found in Matthew 5 and following this explains the Law.  In these Beatitudes Jesus puts flesh and spirit on the bones of the Law letting us know that no one can keep this perfectly.  So the Law does what Paul rminds us in Romans, as it makes us fall to our knees, realizing that we cannot save ourselves.  We absolutely need a Savior.

 

 

 

 

 That is where the 2nd to the right window comes in perhaps, as it should be, as the one most easily distinguished, the Cross.  It is on this Cross that the unblemished Lamb takes away, on Himself, the sins

 of the world.  It is here and only here we find peace and salvation.  Easter magnifies what the cross clarifies—there is no place that we can go, even death itself, where we will be outside His love.

 

 

 

 

 

 The two windows by the choir area depict the first and second Advent f Christ.  The window 2nd from the left is clearly the angels announcing to the shepherds that the Savior has been born in Bethlehem.  Next


to that window to the right, the 3rd window on the right depicts the 2ndAdvent.  It is the King of Glory as He comes in triumph at the end of time.  If one looks carefully you can see the wounds in His hand.  This reminds us as from Revelation that the King who comes to claim His Bride, the Church, is also the Lamb wo was slain’ whose wounds are an eternal reminder of His everlasting love for us.

 

 

 

 

The two small windows have the most ancient of monograms, the two Greek letters Chi + Ro as the first Greek letters of Christ’s name.  The left center panel seems to have the symbols like bread and fish, reminders of Christ’s life among us.  The right center panel symbolizes the Ascension.  Note the disciples staring into Heaven.  The angels came and invited the disciples to go and tell.  That too is our calling to tell the Good News.  The windows tell the gospel story in miniature.  The remind us that God is in control and He has a Sovereign plan for all of us.  They let us know by their brilliance and light that the light has overcome the darkness.  And that truly is Good News!