God's World Arranging Heart in a Florist - John Van Sloten

October 12, 2014

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we're going to look for God's world arranging heart through the vocation of a florist. Why did God make so many flowers (and so many flower lovers)? (We have a lot to be thankful for)

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come.
Song of Songs 2:11-12, NIV

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Matthew 6:28-29, NIV

God delights in diversity, and shows his rich provision for us, and all of his creation, in floral diversity. Remember, every plant has innumerable interactions with pollinators, fungi (that uptake the required nutrients for the plant), herbivores, and the humans that appreciate them at several levels (aesthetic, utilitarian - food production, medicine, theological - various plants are powerful symbols for many cultures, and teach us in-numerable lessons).
Dr. Vernon Peters, Chair, Biology Department, The King's University College

To the Father is attributed the beginning of activity, and the fountain and wellspring of all things; to the Son, wisdom, counsel, and the ordered disposition of all things; [and] to the Spirit is assigned the power and efficacy of that activity.
John Calvin, Institutes of Christian Religion

Jesus is the way (things are) the wisdom (in behind and arranger of all things), the shaper and holder (of everything) by his Spirit. He's the one who sets things in place (lives, roses and baby's breath), who knows the seasons and occasions of life, what's needed when, and what color, life experience, floral shape and size fit best.
John Van Sloten

All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
Isaiah 40:6-8, NIV

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


Kind and Generous

This Is My Father's World

Everything - Tomlin

Beautiful Things

Great is thy Faithfulness

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Floral arrangements and photos by florist Shelley de Groot. Shelley is the owner of "Flowers and Company", a unique floral specialty shop located in South Surrey/ White Rock, British Columbia.
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flowers,science,Song of Songs 2:11-12,Matthew 6:28-29,Isaiah 40:6-8,work,vocation

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