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Nave Baptismal Font

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The Luther Rose Seal
Martin Luther explains the Luther Rose Seal as follows: "The first thing expressed in my seal is a cross, black within the heart, to put me in mind that faith in Christ crucified saves us.  'For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.'  Now, although the cross is black, mortified, and intended to cause pain, yet it does not change the color of the heart, does not destroy nature, i.e., does not kill, but keeps alive.  'For the just shall live by faith', by faith in the Savior.  But this heart is fixed upon the center of a white rose, to show that faith causes joy, consolation and peace.  The rose is white, not red, because white is the ideal color of all angels and blessed spirits.  This rose, moreover is fixed in a sky-colored background, to denote that such joy in faith in the spirit is but an earnest beginning of heavenly joy to come, as anticipated and held by hope, though not yet revealed.  And around this groundbase is a golden ring, to signify that such bliss in heaven is endless and more precious than all joys and treasures, since gold is the best and most precious metal.  Christ, our dear Lord, He will give grace unto eternal life.  Amen."

The Spirit moving over the water, in the creation of heaven and earth


 

 

 

 


"Pour out your Holy Spirit, so that those who are baptized may be given new life.  Wash away the sin of all those who are cleansed by this water and bring them forth as inheritors of your glorious kingdom."

 


 

 
The baptism of Jesus:" In the waters of the Jordan your Son was baptized by John and anointed by the Spirit.

Noah and the Ark, which is the promise of salvation.


 
The baptismal font was dedicated on April 4, 2004 in memory of the Rev. Dr. Matthew L. Winters, pastor of Trinity from 1960 to 1975 and Anne Moore, a member of Trinity from 1975 to 2002.  The baptismal font is one of a kind.  It was designed by the staff of Ecclesiastical Arts, Augsburg Fortress Publishers.  After consulting with members of the congregation and professional staff of Trinity, a design was developed for a font that would be integral to the ministry and worship life at Trinity and in harmony with existing architecture and appointments.  When the final design was accepted, work began, literally, around the world.  The brass bowl, made in Germany, was hand hammered.  It is a typical style, but is of a much larger size than usual.  The bowl is supported by a base ring of brass.   The carvings are all hand carved of linden wood and were lightly colored by hand.  Each carving is unique, even each Luther Rose.  The carvings were completed in northern Italy.  When the bowl and the carvings were ready, they were taken to a wood shop in eastern Pennsylvania where the wood parts of the font were crafted.  The colonial white paint covers poplar wood, the dark wood is mahogany.

There are four "dove" carvings that relate directly to the words and images of water found in the service of Holy Communion.  A Luther Rose is placed between each of the dove carvings.  Refer to the descriptions of each below the photograph of each carving.

 
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

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