The Good Samaritan Episcopal Church reredos mosaic design is an abstract representation of the resurrection. The purpose is to give the viewer the freedom to get lost within the design and feel the Holy Spirit move within them. Find something in it for yourself: a symbol, colors, or a movement. We also have 14 images of Jesus in the Stations of the Cross that surround the church. The reredos mosaic image completes the story that Christ has risen from the dead and is now sitting at the right hand of God. We invite you to sit, absorb it and be one with the Holy Spirit.
Over 30 members of Good Samaritan contributed to this project. Through their commitment and passion, they laid each piece of glass on the reredos you see today. It was a spiritual opportunity for each person to tap into their God-given gifts of creativity. None of the members had prior mosaic experience.
Hours were spent cutting large pieces of stained glass into tens of thousands of small pieces. Members gathered around tables with color coded bowls of glass gluing the pieces in rhythmic fashion. For 19 months members spent time on ladders, scaffolding and at tables as the twelve panels were constructed. One artist designed and cut by hand over 300 paper doves that were transferred to glass and then cut and ground by a professional glass cutting machine. Another artist traced, cut and ground each feather shape to perfectly fit into the wing. Finally, the wall was grouted over two days.
The project was a labor of love. There were times of stress, pride, and excitement, but mostly of faith and pure joy in the process of creation. Working together we achieved our goal to create a permanent resurrection piece of art for the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church community that will be enjoyed for decades to come.