"We strive to be inspired by the

Holy Spirit and passionate about
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior."

Sugar Creek Mennonite Church

Window

        

The colors in the window echo truths about God and his relationship with his people.  The blue background depicts the water of baptism and the washing of the new birth through the death of Jesus Christ (Titus 3:4-7).  The warm colors framing the circle remind us of the warmth of God's love, and the fire of His protection (Zechariah 2:5), His guidance (Exodus 13:21-22), His refining (Malachi 3:2; Matthew 3:11-12), and His word (Jeremiah 23:29).  Purple speaks of the royalty of believers who have been made kings and priests unto God (Revelation 1:6).

Each figure around the perimeter of the window is illustrating those attitudes of heart and spirit which identify the life of a follower of Christ, creating a stairway to a relationship with God (Matthew 5:3-12).

To trace this journey to discipleship,
begin with the first figure and move
clockwise around the window,
ending with the center circle.





"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 5:3.
 
Happy, satisfied, are those who realize the lack in their spirit.  The kingdom of heaven is available to them.
 
PRAYER:  "Righteous Father, my own goodness compared to your
perfections is like filthy rags.  God, I need you.
"





Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." - Matthew 5:4. 

Happy, satisfied, are those who are sorry for their sin.  They are on their way to being comforted. 

PRAYER:  "Gracious Father, I see how my sins have grieved you and
separated me from you.  God, I'm sorry.  Please forgive me."







"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." - Matthew 5:5. 

Happy are those who give control of their lives to God, for they are able to
receive the good things God has in store for them and be satisfied. 

PRAYER:  "All wise Father in heaven, I give up my need to control my own life.  I trust you to be Lord
of my life.  Holy Spirit, live in my heart and guide me according to the plans and purposes of god."






"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." - Matthew 5:6 

Happy are those who desire truth and search for it.  They will understand
God's word and their spiritual hunger will be satisfied.

PRAYER:  "God, I am sick of wickedness.  I want all that is true, honest, and good. 
Help me understand your holy scriptures and all that you really are."





"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. " - Matthew 5:7 

Happy, satisfied, are those who treat others with kindness and honor for they will themselves
experience the same.

 PRAYER:  "Father, because of your word in me I want to be merciful like Jesus. 
Thank you, God, for your mercy toward me and for your Spirit's power to help me serve other."






"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." - Matthew 5:8 

Happy, satisfied, are those whose primary focus in life is God.  He will reveal Himself to them. 

PRAYER:  "Turn me inside out, Father, to make sure I am unadulterated by the world. 
Point out those things in my life which hurt our relationship.  I want no impureness between
you and me so that I can honor you and see you in all your glory."




Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." - Matthew 5:9 

Happy, satisfied, are those whose words and actions help bring peace between people. 
This brings God's approval. 

PRAYER:  "I thank you, Father, that you brought peace for the oppressed in spirit and also
for those suffering the oppression of injustice.  I want to help the church be a bridge so they, too,
can be sons of God!  Give me the courage to lay down my life for others as you did."




"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 5:10 
Happy and satisfied are those who stand up for what is right though they are made sport of, for they are granted citizenship in heaven. 
PRAYER:  "Father, I need your strength to resist the temptation to compromise when everyone around me gives in.  Jesus stood for me and did not turn back when they beat him, spit on him, and hung him on a cross.  By your grace I will not turn back.  I will stand for what he taught."

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." - Matthew 5:11-12 
Happy and satisfied are you, God's children, even though you are insulted and slandered for following Jesus.  Praise God in the middle of it, for he will reward you handsomely.  His servants before you experienced similar things. 
PRAYER:  "Father, the more I become like your son, Jesus, the more at odds I am with the world's system and values, for good and evil do not co-exist peaceably.  But I find peace and joy in you, for you have overcome the world.  Help me not to depend on the praise and acceptance of people for my happiness.  And when I am rejected, and spoken against for your sake, help me to remember that I am never alone.  In Jesus name, Amen."



The dove represents the Holy Spirit who lives within the child of God.  He helps us understand the truth about God (John 14:17; 16:13-15), and become true disciples of Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:15-25).  Pictured in flight, the dove symbolizes the movement of God's Spirit in us and among us as we grow and walk in faith.



You may discover the need to go back again and again, to review and renew the journey on this "Stairway to God," as the Beatitudes from Matthew 5 are sometimes called.  More important than where you are is the direction in which you are moving.

As we walk the path of discipleship, we are never alone.  God says, "Fear not, I am with you.  Do not be dismayed.  I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  I will uphold you with my victorious right hand." - Isaiah 41:10


"I have told you these things, so that in me
you may have peace.  In this world you will
have trouble.  But take heart!  I have
overcome the world" - John 16:33




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