Cake, balloons and tongues of fire – we celebrated Pentecost while thanking our lovely Helene Milena for more than ten years of devoted service to Epiphany.
On 6th May, the sixth Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 98, Acts 10:44-48 and John 15:9-17.
I’m sure everyone is familiar with what can happen as someone sets off on a journey. There is that last minute check to see if everything has been remembered. Spare socks? Important documents? Money? If someone is waving a person off there might be last minute instructions too: ‘Call me when you arrive’, ‘Don’t forget to wear sunscreen’, ‘Give your sister a big hug from me’, etc. The hope is that by making what you say ring in the person’s ears as they leave, they may remember it. Continue reading
This year, Anglicans of Second Life is taking part in a global initiative called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in England started a special time of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost, a time when we look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Church. The focus of prayer is for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. This has now become a global movement which involves many different Christian denominations.
This year the dates for Thy Kingdom Come are 10-20 May. There are several ways you can get involved. If you go to the Pledge to Pray page you can sign up as someone who is joining this global wave of prayer. You can have a dot shown on the map of the world to indicate where you are. As members of Anglicans of Second Life come from all over the world, we could add a lot of dots between us!
There are a lot of resources available. There are some wonderful videos including one discussing what it means to pray ‘Thy kingdom come’ and the Lord’s Prayer in sign language. There are also resources for prayer. There is a huge amount to explore there. I found the Methodist Church’s ‘Waiting in wonder’, a Novena and a Catholic Novena and a prayer journal among the new resources for 2018. There is something for everyone, whatever your preference. You can get your friends and family involved if you wish also.
On Epiphany Island we will have a labyrinth with the Lord’s Prayer prayer stations taken from the resources. We hope you will walk the labyrinth and pray. We will launch the initiative with prayer in the chapel at midnight and at noon on Ascension Day, 10 May. Please call into the chapel to pray at any time. You could also go to the cathedral and light a candle for anyone for whom you are praying. We will have a wonderful celebration in the cathedral at noon on the Feast of Pentecost, 20 May. This will be my last service as Lay Pastor, although I anticipate leading some services in the future if the Leadership Team invite me to.
Helene Milena – Lay Pastor
Anglicans of Second Life is run by volunteers and relies on donations to cover the cost of the ministry. No one receives any money for the work they do for AoSL.
The annual amount budgeted for is $2,343 (US dollars). That is $585.75 per quarter.
Donations come in world in Lindens. Some of the Linden dollar income is from a proportion of sales of items in the Marketplace which creators have chosen to donate to AoSL. Other income is in dollars in the PayPal account. Some items of expenditure are paid directly but are counted as donations. When working out the accounts, it is difficult to be accurate as exchange rates vary over time. All figures are therefore approximate. There are also charges incurred when changing money from Lindens to dollars and moving the money into PayPal and then into a bank account.
In the quarter from January to March we received L$60404 which is approximately $226. $293 was donated via PayPal. $60 was paid for the project management software that is used for discussions by volunteers. This makes the total income for the quarter approximately $579, which is close to our quarterly needs.
Many thanks to everyone who has donated to this ministry.
Helene Milena – Lay Pastor
More volunteers have now joined various teams to help with the ministry of Anglicans of Second Life. We are still very happy to hear from others who would like to help.
The Leadership Team will meet on 10 May to make final preparations for Helene’s retirement.
Sadly Patapon has had to withdraw from the Leadership Team due to personal circumstances. Cystarfire has now joined the team also. The Leadership Team now has nine members but there is still room for more to join.
Lynx Tree (peacelynxtree) is helping to coordinate the Welcoming Team. Others who have now joined the team are Pie Runner, Ray2009 Hazelnut and Katherine Temple (butterfairykitty).
Ray2009 Hazelnut has joined the Technical Team to help Ana our churchwarden.
On 29 April, the fifth Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 22:25-31, Acts 8:26-40 and John 15:1-8.
As I sit in my study I can look out of the window and see a loganberry plant. If you have not come across a loganberry, it is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry or bramble. The fruit are big and a very dark red in colour. The growing habit of a loganberry is like that of a blackberry – it develops long branches which need training along some support. Continue reading
On 22nd April, the fourth Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 23, Acts 4:5-12 and John 10:11-18.
‘Follow the Leader’ is a children’s game. Everyone has to follow whoever is the leader and do exactly as they do. The original animated film of Peter Pan has a game of Follow the Leader in it. John leads the lost boys through a waterfall, over a fallen log, through the jungle, across stepping stones, swinging along vines and through a cornfield as they sing a song. Continue reading