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Sea Sunday 2014

On 13th July 2014, Sea Sunday, the following sermon was preached in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The sermon was based on a sermon outline from the Sea Sunday website. The readings were  Psalm 139:1-18, Jonah 1, Mark 4:35-41.

The sea has different moods, sometimes beautiful, sometimes fierce and stormy. Sailors from ancient times have risked their lives to use the sea as a means of trading and transport. The sailors on the boat Jonah took to Tarshish feared for their lives as a storm blew up, just as the disciples did on the Sea of Galilee. Both groups of sailors were saved. Seafarers today face physical storms and also challenges in relationships, health and so on. The work of the Mission to Seafarers is practical and helps seafarers to know that they are not forgotten. As we face storms in life, we too are never abandoned by God.  Continue reading

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The Persistent Widow – From the Archives

This sermon was preached by Helene Milena in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island on Sunday, 20 October 2013. The readings were Psalm 119:97-104, Jeremiah 31:27-34, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and Luke 18:1-8.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, he gave them the Lord’s Prayer, a prayer many people use to this day. In this passage from Luke, Jesus used a parable to instruct his followers in the need to pray with persistence rather than half-heartedly. Continue reading

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An attitude of gratitude – From the Archive

This sermon was preached by Helene Milena in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island on Sunday, 13 October 2013. The readings were Psalm 66:1-11, 2 Timothy 2:8-15 and Luke 17:11-19.

Teaching children to say thank you is one of the early tasks of parents, even from the age when the little ones can say ‘Ta’ at the most. Gratitude is important in building relationships between people. It was equally important for one of the ten lepers in the Gospel reading as it helped him to build a relationship with Jesus. Cultivating and attitude of gratitude towards God helps us to develop our relationship with him.  Continue reading


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An apology from the Lay Pastor

I would like to apologise for the lack of content on this blog in the last few months. Many of you know that I have been studying theology by distance learning in order to be better equipped to lead Anglicans of Second Life. Unfortunately that has meant it has been much harder to do the tasks I should have done, such as adding sermons to the blog.

In the coming weeks I shall add the missing sermons, labelling them ‘From the Archives’. The current sermons will also be posted on a regular basis. I hope that an audio version of sermons will be added also, if all goes well.

Many thanks for your continuing interest in our blog and our ministry.

Helene Milena

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Who will rescue me?

On 6 July 2014, the 3rd Sunday after Trinity, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island. The readings were Psalm 145:8-15, Romans 7:15-25a and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-end.

In his letter to the Romans, St Paul bewails the fact that he is unable to do the good things he wants to but instead does things he doesn’t want to do. Understandably this is a source of distress to him. However, what Paul cannot do because of the war within him between his old desires and his new wish to serve God, Jesus can do. As Jesus said in the passage from Matthew, his yoke is easy and his burden is light. With his help, there is no need for Paul, or for any of us, to struggle alone against insurmountable difficulties. Continue reading

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Michael and All Angels

On 29 September we celebrated the feast of Michael and All Angels. As part of the celebration those attending were invited to wear wings. It made for a colourful picture in the Cathedral.

What do angels have to do with us today. Read on to find out. The readings on the day were Genesis 28:10-17; Revelation 12:7-12; John 1:47-end.

‘Be an angel.’ ‘You’re an angel.’ ‘Aren’t they being little angels?’

We use phrases like this in general conversation but angels are probably not often really thought about. If people do think about them, they probably often confuse them with fairies. They’ve got wings and seem somewhat magical, hence the confusion. This confusion has angels relegated to the realm of the mythical in most minds, but for some people angels are very real indeed.

Marie Monson was a missionary in China in the 1920s. It was a time of lawlessness which even involved the army at times. One night a group of soldiers was promised by their leader that they could loot a city as they had not been paid. Marie was in the mission compound that night with some Chinese Christians. They could hear shouting and shooting but no soldier came to their door. Instead, many of their neighbours came to take refuge, carrying with them small bundles of valuables. The next day people from nearby came to ask Marie who the protectors of the compound were. There had been tall foreign soldiers on the roof of the mission hall the night before and one on the porch over the main gate. They had remained there all night and were reported to have shone. Interestingly, these angels were only seen by the non-believers, not by the Christians. Continue reading

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