Searching for God (through a Giant Squid) - John Van Sloten

August 16, 2015

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message Pastor John will be exploring God's depths through the story of the mythical Giant Squid. To be human is to search for and experience the unknown. Could it be that our insatiable desire to understand creation is really a desire to know God? And can the search for a Giant Squid help us know God more?

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…. And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”

"Almost forgetting for the moment all thoughts of Moby Dick, we now gazed at the most wondrous phenomenon which the secret seas have hitherto revealed to mankind. A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-colour, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to clutch at any hapless object within reach. No perceptible face or front did it have; no conceivable token of either sensation or instinct; but undulated there on the billows, an unearthly, formless, chance-like apparition of life.”
Moby Dick, Chapter 59, Squid

“We know nothing about where or how [the Giant Squid] lives. A gigantic creature, shrouded in mystery, but that’s the attraction for me.” Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera, Japanese National Museum of Nature and Science (and big time Giant Squid researcher)

“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?...”
God to , NIV

“How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number—living things both large and small.
There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.”

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths.”
Psalm 148:7, NIV

"Ask the animals, and they will teach you,
 or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
 or let the fish in the sea inform you.”
Job 12:7-8, NIV

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


Octopus Garden

Wonderful King

This Is My Father's World

All Creatures of our God and King

Creation's King

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September 05, 2015
WOW, amazing. Matt has always had a fascination and love for Giant squids. He has been intrigued by them and awe stricken by their beauty. Naturally we were all (the Freeman five) excited to tune into your sermon this morning from Suwon, S.Korea. Thank you for teaching us and sharing with us the inquiry and curiosity for God through the Giant Squid. We love how you continue to cultivate our curiosity of learning more about God and seeing God in all that we do, see, feel and experience. You help remind us that God is everywhere, and everywhere is God. As we reach towards him, he is there reaching for us. Thank you.
Mei-Lyn Freeman
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 54: Gamochonia Author Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919) German naturalist, philosopher and artist.
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