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Who is Jesus?

On 4th February 2018, the second Sunday before Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 104:26-35, Colossians 1:15-20, and John 1:1-14.

It was very important that those living in Israel in the first century understood who Jesus is. God sent John the Baptist ahead of Jesus to prepare the way and prepare the hearts of the people to respond to Jesus. As we know, many did respond but others rejected him. Still others chose to condemn Jesus to death. John the Evangelist wrote his Gospel so that those who came along later could also understand who Jesus is and have the opportunity to respond. That opportunity is still available to everyone today.  Continue reading

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Candlemas

On 28 January, the fourth Sunday of Epiphany, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 24, Malachi 3:1-5, and Luke 2:22-40.

Candlemas, which we celebrated on Sunday, has many meanings. Perhaps the most poignant is the fact that Jesus is presented in the Temple as belonging to the Lord and Simeon has to tell Mary that she will suffer a sword piercing her soul. What a message to have to deliver! What a message for a young mum to hear! But the cross overshadowed Jesus from his conception. It was necessary for our salvation. Continue reading


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Christian Unity 2018

On 21 January, the Third Sunday of Epiphany, Helene Milena shared the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. This was provided for use in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, whose theme was chosen by the churches of the Caribbean, by the Canadian Council of Churches. The readings were  Exodus 15:1-17Psalm 118: 5-7, 13-24, Mark 5:21-43.

Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power (Ex 15:1-21)

This preaching resource was prepared by Fritz-Gerald Joseph. He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and moved to Montreal, Canada, where he served as an associate Pastor at the Pentecostal Church Missionary of Prayer (Disciples of Christ) for 9 years. Since October 2017, he and his wife Emmanuela have been serving as Mission Co-Workers in Morocco for Global Ministries with the
Evangelical Church of Morocco. They are working alongside the Catholic Church to help and serve migrants and refugees all around the country. Continue reading


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Come and See

On 14 January, the Second Sunday of Epiphany, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-181 Samuel 3:1-10, John 1:43-51.

Today is the Second Sunday of Epiphany. Churches of the different traditions use this time to celebrate the revelation of Jesus to people in various ways.

The churches in the west have tended to concentrate on the visit by the magi or kings to visit Jesus when he was a young child. The magi represent all Gentiles, all non-Jews, who are included in the wonderful event of God coming to live among us. This is a reminder that there are many people around the world who have not yet heard the Gospel or seen the Christian faith in action. It’s a good time to pray for the mission of the Church around the world, and within SL of course. Continue reading


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Report on Leadership Team meeting 13 January 2018

Here is a brief outline of what happened at the meeting which was attended by Helene Milena, Ana Stubbs, Klaus Bereznyak, Charlie12string Lax and Joyous Schism.

Ana reported on the early results from our survey (https://epiphanysurvey.com) The survey had been available for a week and received 26 responses, from a mix of regular members of Anglicans of SL and those who only pop in occasionally. Of these, quite a number had no other church apart from Epiphany. There had been some suggestions for activities, such as more dances and restoration of the Saturday discussion group. Some people had shared how Epiphany had been instrumental in their finding or deepening their faith. There has been a trickle of volunteers, some with a good idea of what they can offer and some not sure. All members of AoSL have received a notecard with details of where to find the survey. There are also boards around the sim to remind people.

Those who have volunteered will receive a personal invitation to attend one of the community meetings, which will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. The dates and times of these will be published shortly. Helene will not be at these meetings. The format of the meetings is likely to be partly giving information about roles within AoSL and also answering questions. There is likely to be an opportunity to explore further some of the questions posed in the survey.

We will begin preparing for things to be different after Helene’s retirement by looking at the format of the noon Sunday service. Others may lead; others may give a short reflection on the readings for the day; or a reflection from published sources may be used.

Celberon, who has previously been a worship leader, would like to start Evening Prayer again. This was agreed by the Leadership Team. It may initially be on an ad hoc basis. Celberon will send out a notice if he is available in the chapel to lead.

The next meeting of the Leadership Team is likely to be in mid-February after the community meetings have been held.

Helene Milena

 

 


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God revealed

On 7 January, the Feast of Epiphany, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 72Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12.

Most churches of the Anglican tradition and many others are named after a saint – its patron saint. On the day when that saint is remembered in the church calendar, the local church celebrates its patronal festival. Many churches are named after local saints who were remembered, and often prayed to, by the local population. Some of these churches were, and may still be, places of pilgrimage.

When it comes to cathedrals, they too are dedicated to a saint. St Peter’s in Rome is very famous, or Notre Dame (Our Lady) in Paris. In England it’s easy to forget the dedication as the cathedrals are usually referred to by where they are situated. Yesterday I was in Wakefield Cathedral (West Yorkshire) for an Epiphany Eucharist. Everyone calls it Wakefield Cathedral, that’s how it’s referred to on its website, but it is in fact the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Wakefield (a bit of a mouthful). Continue reading


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Change is in the air

At our New Year Covenant Service yesterday, Helene made the following announcement:
 
Before we begin our service, I have some news to share with you. I have had a growing awareness for some time that I need to step back from being Lay Pastor of Anglicans of SL. Family commitments mean that I struggle to do all that I would like for this ministry. I have therefore informed the Leadership Team that I would like to retire from my position by mid-May at the latest which will be almost 9 years after I began my role. I would like to remain involved in this ministry in some way, but exactly how will be decided by the Leadership Team.
 
Obviously it’s necessary to work out what will happen in the future for AoSL. We are asking members to complete a survey so that we can find out their thoughts. This will be ready next week. We also need volunteers to join the Leadership Team and to take on some of the responsibilities of running this ministry. If the general opinion is that our ministry should cease, it will still be necessary to have a team to oversee that. Please complete the survey and prayerfully consider how you might be involved in this ministry. We will be having a series of meetings at the end of January and beginning of February when we can discuss together what might happen. Please feel free to contact any member of the Leadership Team directly if you want to discuss anything in the meantime.
 
It has been a huge privilege to lead worship here, to pray with those who need it and to lend a listening ear. I shall always be grateful for what I have been able to do. Now, if the ministry continues, it needs to be under new leadership, a team and a leader who can exploit the huge potential this ministry has to reach people with the Gospel.