Zion Lutheran Church – Hinsdale, IL


Architecture and Symbols

Zion’s sanctuary is a place for meditation and prayer as well as for worship services. Much of the church is filled with symbolism of Zion’s deep values and spiritual vision. The Christ the Victor window over the altar shows Christ standing in regal glory with the world in His hands. He is the reigning King and our lives are in His hands. Surrounding the Lord are symbols of the apostles, each of whom carried the Gospel to some part of the world, giving birth to Christianity. Included around the Savior’s head are symbols of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the outer panels are other symbols reminding us of the victory that is ours because of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, with the words inscribed at the bottom, “Zion, thy King cometh.” When our attention is directed toward the altar, we have a constant reminder of victory in Jesus, the reigning King who will return again to gather his church.

The significance of the spoken Word is apparent as focus is made on the altar, pulpit and baptismal font. The beautiful marble altar, which was made in Italy, was presented to the church as a memorial in 1958. It depicts the disciples and Jesus celebrating the Last Supper.

On the north side of Zion’s sanctuary is the Good Shepherd window, depicting Christ carrying a lamb. As His followers, we are reminded that He is the Good Shepherd and our lives are constantly in His hands.

The south side of the sanctuary shows Christ at the Door, depicting Jesus knocking on a large wooden door. Revelation 3:20 reminds us, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him.” We need only to open the door and invite Jesus in and we will have fellowship with Him forever.