Several members of our congregation love to work creatively with flower arrangements to artistically depict a Bible reading of the day.
Click on the image to read more about the symbolism for each arrangement.
Transfiguration Luke 9:28-36: The white banksia flowers represent Jesus, Elijah and Moses. They are on the mountaintop (represented by the black container) and are radiating with heavenly glory. The gold around is indicative of the radiant glory. The disciples are represented by the leucadendrum flowers in brown, lying on the ground as they wake from their sleep.
Gospel of Luke 7: 36-50: A sinful woman pours perfume on Jesus’ feet.
The tall straight Gymea leaf represents Jesus while the golden aspidistra his kingship. The twisted willow symbolises the former life of the woman in our story – somewhat sparse and twisted. The vase on the right represents the alabaster jar filled with perfume. The yellow flowers stand for the sweet fragrance following out of the jar. The orange gerberas depict the perfume flowing out of the jar to anoint Jesus’ feet. The curved ivy represents the woman’s hair – flowing down to wipe Jesus feet.
Despite opposition from the crowd Jesus appreciated her gesture and said to her, Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
The lighthouse is a feature of Aireys Inlet. Aireys people have great affection for their lighthouse.
Sometimes the waves seem to be coming from all angles as they crash against the beach and even quite still in the rock pools.
This seems to be to be quite a good metaphor for life.
Sometimes life can bombard us with problems and worries that seem to be pounding us from many directions at once, however, when we spend time in worship and prayer with God, although we might still have those problems, His love and forgiving grace can calm us and enable us to better face our challenges.
Personally, I find that I become very aware of God being with me when I walk along the beach in the shadow of the Lighthouse. I am aware of His power but also the calming influence of His love.
Garden party arrangement: As we gather at the foot of the Cross, we, as God’s people, become the Light of the World. As symbolized by the bright yellow radiating flowers.
Our Congregation: Our Christian church is based on the Cross of Jesus and all that represents as explained to us in the Bible. This arrangement has the cross as the prominent feature and the red streaming from the cross represents the Blood of Jesus shed for the forgiveness of our sins. The Bible is at the front as a reminder of Paul’s exhortation that the Bible is the Word of God and is our source of knowledge about our faith.
Our church at Aireys Inlet endeavours to put faith, hope and love at the forefront of our life together. These are the three basics and are represented by the three primary colours of the flowers in this arrangement.
On another level the three types of flowers in this arrangement represent the three denominations that worship separately but under the same cross and with the same reverence for scripture in, St. Aidans, our little church at Aireys Inlet.
Depicting gospel Mark 5: 25-34. The gold seed stems represent Christ the King. The flowers and foliage around the base represents the crowds pushing in on Jesus. The white drape represents his robe.
The tall leaf on the right is symbolic of a healthy strong individual. When that same leaf is shredded and woven it gives the twisted and bent leaf on the left. This is symbolic of the woman in our story- illness and the travails of life had made her broken and twisted. The twisted leaf is reaching out to touch Jesus’ robe. The red flowers at the base of the twisted leaf represent that she had been bleeding for 12 years. When she touches Jesus’ robe she is healed and turned into the tall strong and whole person represented by the tall leaf.
Note also the unity of the right hand side of the arrangement but the disunity that the twisted and broken leaf brings to this picture, but when Jesus heals all is in unity and beautiful again.