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Inside the Chapel, the Good News of God's transforming grace and love are revealed in each of the three large stained glass windows in the Chapel, titled "Creation", "Incarnation" and "Redemption" as well as in the impressive western wall which draws one's attention to the cross. The centrality of the gospel is expressed in the other stained glass windows, each of which depicts images from the gospel narrative. At the top of each of three pillars is an image from one of the founding churches of the United Church of Canada in 1925.; the burning bush represents the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the open bible identifies the Congregational Church, and the descending spirit shows the Methodist church. The sailing ship completes the quartet, representing the ecumenical movement, or the church of all people coming together in the name of Jesus Christ.

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The Large Windows

The East Window
Title "Creation", the grace of God is seen in the yellow, entering into creative contact with the earth, water, and fire represented by the browns, blues and reds of the circle, ordering those into his royal kingdom signified by the purple. All is ablaze with colour.

The North Window
This window represents "Incarnation", God's coming to earth in human form in birth of Jesus , which is represented in the burst of light in the upper quadrant, suggesting the resurrection and the triumphant Christ whose love permeates the darkest reaches of human experience and existence with new life.

The South Window
This window represents God's love for humanity and his sovereignty over all things. "Redemption", which this window represents, is seen in the colour yellow, penetrating to every corner of the darker areas, represents the extension of God's love and grace to all.

The Western Wall
The cross dominates the wall and the whole Chapel; it stands as a constant reminder of that act by which God has demonstrated most clearly his grace and love. The architecture of the Chapel is designed to draw the eye to the front and from there upwards to the cross, surrounded by thirty small panels of stained glass that illuminate the cross.


The Small Windows

In the books of Ezekiel and Revelation in the Bible we find the image of the four living creatures who surround the throne of God; their faces are those of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, representing the wisest, noblest, strongest and swiftest in all creation. The Christian tradition has linked these to the four evangelists, and that connection is made here.

The Matthew Window
On the pulpit side, the Matthew window depicts the winged man descending. The Hebrew background to the gospel is shown in the prophetic figure and in the twelve flames of the burning bush, the twelve tribes of Israel and the church.

The Mark Window
To the right of the organ, the winged lion is seen representing Mark. Mark's focus on the authority of Christ is seen in the crown depicted in the window, a symbol of rule.

The Luke Window
The window of the gospel to the gentiles, Luke, depicts the winged ox. Scenes from the gospels are shown, including Jesus preaching from the boat and the parable of the sower spreading the seed.

The John Window
At the lectern side, the window for the gospel of John shows the eagle, the traditional symbol of John. The passion is depicted subtly; in the pictures of the robe for which the soldiers gambled, dice can be seen.

The Organ
Built in a period which might well be described as the height of the modern church, the organ was installed to add musical depth to the ongoing worship of the Chapel. The east gallery of the Chapel embraces the choir loft and the pipe organ; the pipes rise in splendid array to the visual as well as musical beauty as one looks to the rear of the sanctuary.

The Chapel organ was custom built by Cassavant Frères Limitée of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. The organ is inspired by traditional organ building of past centuries, particularly those of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It includes a large number of imitative or orchestral voices, and in many ways is a return to the classic organ of the period of Bach and his contemporaries. The Chapel organ consists of two manual divisions and a pedal division, totalling 23 stops comprised of 28 ranks of pipes. The organ has a total of 1,563 pipes

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