Listen! So just over 40 years ago, in 1977 – the year of Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Uniting Church in Australia came into existence; merging the Methodist Church, most of the Presbyterian Church, and most of the Congregational Churches in Australia to form something new.
Acts 2:1-21 Listen! In the very opening words of the Bible, the Spirit of God was there, active, creating:
“When God began to create the heavens and the earth—the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and the Spirit of God swept over the waters”
When the earth was without shape or form, the Holy Spirit hovered over the chaos like a mother bird over her nest: nurturing, protecting, forming, and guiding the cosmos into life.