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God passes by

On 10th August, 2014, the eighth Sunday after Trinity, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 85:8-13, 1 Kings 19:9-18, and Matthew 14:22-33.

When life throws difficulties at us, when we feel threatened by people as Elijah did, or by the forces of nature as the disciples did, it can be hard to keep trusting God. Elijah and the disciples found that God turned up in the midst of their troubles and showed himself to be powerful enough to deal with anything.  Continue reading

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Lord of Creation

On 3rd August, 2014 Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 145:8-9, 15-22, Isaiah 55:1-5, and Matthew 14:13-21.

Miracles are very much a part of the story of Jesus and many are recorded in the Gospels. The feeding of the five thousand is recorded in all four Gospels, suggesting that it is very significant. This event was more than a record breaking picnic. It served to demonstrate that Jesus is Lord of Creation and that he and God are one. Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like ..

On 27th July, 2014, the 6th Sunday after Trinity, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 105:1-11, Romans 8:26-39 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.

What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? Jesus gives several pictures of the Kingdom in Matthew 13. He uses pictures drawn from everyday life: seeds, yeast, treasure, fish. Jesus indicated that the Kingdom was near, now, not far away or in the future. St Paul helps explain what being citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven means to us in our lives.  Continue reading

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The wheat and the weeds

On 20th July 2014, the 5th Sunday after Trinity, Helene Milena preached this sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 28, Genesis 28:10-19a and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

The suffering and violence in the world not only deter people from watching the news but also from believing in God. How could a loving God allow such terrible things to happen? Jesus addresses this issue in his parable of the wheat and the weeds. If God were to correct everything now he would not only root out the evil in the world, but would probably damage those who are his followers also. Instead he is prepared to wait to the end of time to correct the situation.

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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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