The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life


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A new story

On 19th April, the third Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 4, Acts 3:12-19 and Luke 24:36-48.

I wonder, what is the worst mistake you’ve ever made? What makes you cringe with embarrassment when you remember what you said or did at some time? What event or action overwhelms you with sadness or regret as you consider the outcome? How often have you revisited the event in your mind and thought: ‘If only I …’? There is often the accompanying thought that things will never be good again, life is blighted forever. Continue reading


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The gift of peace

On 12th April 2015, the second of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 133, Acts 4:32-35 and John 20:19-31.

There are various occasions in the year when we might receive a gift from friends or family, even from our place of work. Christmas is a big opportunity for gift giving for many, particularly to children. Presents of all shapes and sizes often sparkle under the Christmas tree or bulge in sacks and stockings. Birthdays too provide a similar opportunity for all ages (though the older we get the less we may want to remember our increasing age!). Then there are wedding anniversaries, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, even Grandparents’ Day for those who qualify. At work people may get an annual bonus (particularly those in the banking world it seems) or a gift on retirement. Some may have received Easter eggs in the last couple of weeks. Sometimes we simply get a gift to say ‘Thank you’. Continue reading


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Individual differences

On 5th April 2015, Easter Day, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 118:1-2, 14-21, Isaiah 25:6-9, Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18.

When I was training to be a teacher, one of our first psychology lectures centred on ‘individual differences’. You might think it’s pretty obvious that individuals differ one from another and hardly needs anyone to lecture about this. However, it’s all too easy to take a group of children who have been allocated to the same class in school and treat them all alike. What my lecturer was pointing out that this approach, though simple, is inadequate to achieve learning for the whole group. Continue reading


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Looking to Jesus

On 15th March 2015, the fourth Sunday of Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22, Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.

I wonder if you would class yourself as superstitious. If you spill some salt, do you toss a pinch of it over your left shoulder into the face of the devil? Have you ever broken a mirror and expected seven years’ bad luck? Do you avoid putting shoes on a table as that causes bad luck? If the palm of your right hand itches, do you anticipate coming into money? Are you happy at the thought of the good fortune a black cat walking towards you will bring? Continue reading


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Holy Week and Easter Services 2015

Several of these services need readers. If you can help please contact me. All are welcome to attend. All times are Second Life Time.

  • Palm Sunday 29 March

Midnight, 6pm in the chapel

Noon – Palm Procession and Passion Sunday. I need up to 14 readers, though we can double up on small parts. Jesus and the narrator are big parts.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 30, 31 March, 1 April

Midnight and noon  in the chapel.

  • Maundy/Holy Thursday 2 April

Midnight in the chapel.

Noon in the Cathedral – 7 readers needed.

  • Good Friday 3 April

Midnight in the chapel.

6am Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral. I would be happy to have one or two readers share the meditations with me.

Noon Tenebrae (A service of shadows) in the Cathedral. 6 readers needed.

  • Holy Saturday 4 April

Midnight in the chapel.

Noon Easter vigil in the Cathedral  – 6 readers needed.

  • Easter Day 5 April

NO BIBLE STUDY

Midnight, 6pm in the chapel

Noon in the Cathedral – 2 readers needed.

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Promises, promises

On 1st March 2015, the second Sunday of Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 22:23-31, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, and Mark 8:31-38.

God is a God of promises, and when he promises he means what he says. Jesus is the promised one, the one God sent to save his people. In order to save them he had to suffer on our behalf. When Peter, Jesus’ disciple, heard this he was shocked. This did not fit with God’s promise of a king to reign on David’s throne forever. Peter sought to deflect Jesus from his chosen path, but Jesus knew he had to keep on the way, God’s way.  Continue reading

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Repent, turn around

On 22nd February 2015, the first Sunday of Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 25:1-9, Genesis 9:8-17, and Mark 1:9-15.

When Jesus arrived to begin his ministry, God had been silent for a long time. It was easy to believe that he had given up on his covenants with his people. Jesus’ message was a call to repent of disbelieve and believe the very good news that God’s kingdom had drawn near. God was not distant but very present and calling his people into a renewed relationship with him. Continue reading

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