The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life


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The Lord he is God

On 6 August Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 85:8-131 Kings 19:9-18, Matthew 14:22-33.

God can seem elusive, so elusive that some of the greatest saints have found themselves feeling completely bereft of his presence, often for long periods of time. On the other hand, God can choose to be present, perhaps too present for comfort at times!

The two Bible passages today concern God choosing to show himself to his followers in the midst of demonstrations of the power of the created world. Continue reading

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A model of the kingdom

On 6 August 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, Matthew 14:13-21.

A few years ago, my husband and I used to host a monthly social event. Around a dozen couples used to attend. We studied the bible together and then enjoyed supper and chat until around midnight. As you can imagine, it would have been quite a challenge to provide food for such a big group of people. To make the catering easier, we provided French bread, butter, cheese and some salad and fruit. Our guests brought food to share.

Everyone really looked forward to those Saturday evenings. The company was excellent. The amount and variety of food was amazing. When supper time came we were spoilt for choice. If you’ve ever been to an event where everyone brings some food I think you will have noticed that there always seems to be far more food than is needed, even if each person only brings a little. There is usually a lot left over. Our children were always eager to see what was in the fridge the next morning as our guests usually generously left any extra for us. Continue reading


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The Kingdom of Heaven

On 30 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 105:1-11Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.

A teacher was trying to find out what his Sunday School class of five and six year olds knew about going to heaven. He asked them a series of questions.
“If I sold my house and my car, sold everything I owned on eBay, and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?”
“NO!” the children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the grass, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven?”
Once again, the answer was: “NO!”
“So, what if I was very kind to animals, gave sweets to the children, loved my wife with all my heart, would that get me into heaven?”
“NO!” was the resounding response.
“Well then, how can I get into heaven?”
A five year old boy shouted out, “You’ve got to be DEAD!” Continue reading


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The wheat and the weeds

On 23 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 139:1-11, 23-24Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

Reading the news or watching it on TV is something that some people simply can’t face doing. I don’t think that’s too difficult to understand. A quick look at the BBC news site revealed news of eight out of thirty-eight people found dead in a truck in San Antonio, suspected of being left without water or air conditioning by people smugglers. North Korea continues to test weapons, with a claim that it can reach the US and other parts of the West with a successful warhead. The people of Yemen feel forgotten by the world as they suffer cholera and starvation. Thousands of survivors from areas previous ruled by IS are dealing with trauma as a result of their experiences. Kidnap victims in Afghanistan have been killed by their captors. Relations between India and China, Russia and the US, Qatar and other Middle Eastern nations, the UK and Europe are strained for various reasons. Israelis have died in an attack on the West Bank. An 11 year old girl was stabbed to death by her 18 year old neighbour in the US. Venezuela has been hit by huge inflation with people struggling to survive as their currency becomes worthless. The situation in Syria is still perilous despite work on a ceasefire. The family and medical staff treating baby Charlie Gard are receiving death threats. And so it goes on. So much bad news, so many tragedies, so much that doesn’t seem right, and that is just one quick glance at the news on one day in the year. Continue reading


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Our tenth birthday

On 16 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 122Hebrews 12:18-24, Matthew 21:12-16.

It’s a great privilege to be able to stand here and reflect on our ministry which is now ten years old. That’s quite an achievement! What started off as a bright idea has stood the test of time, not because of our human effort but because of God’s grace.

The human beings involved in this ministry have changed over the years. People have come, contributed, and moved on leaving us changed as a result of their presence. Each has brought their gifts and remained while it was their season for doing so. I would like to think that each person has taken something positive away with them, after being part of this community. From a personal point of view, I’ve enjoyed meeting with people from all over the world and learning about them and from them, since I joined SL in AoSL’s infancy in November 2007.
In an offline church, the folk involved tend to change also of course. However, the buildings are likely to stay the same for quite a long period. Here in Second Life the buildings change more often. This is our second cathedral. The chapel is a second one also. The Community Center is a third design. The Parish House is being changed at the moment too. These changes represent the wonderful creativity of the residents in SL and a response to our needs as a community. Continue reading


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Sea Sunday 2017

On 9 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32, 43Job 38:1-18, Mark 4:35-41.

Today people around the world will be celebrating Sea Sunday. In this, our tenth birthday month, we are celebrating Sea Sunday for the fifth time. As Epiphany is an island, surrounded by sea (though I accept it’s virtual sea), and has a mermaid for a churchwarden, it seems appropriate that we should dedicate one Sunday a year to thinking about those who spend their time at sea.

There are many organisations which support seafarers and in previous years I have drawn on their resources to create our worship and sermon. This year Dr Hugh Osgood, Moderator of the Free Churches in England, has supplied a sermon outline on the Sailors’ Society website. Also, the Apostles of the Sea have published a message from the Vatican by Cardinal Peter Turkson. I’m indebted to these two for what follows. Continue reading


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Welcome

On 2 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 13Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42.

If you’ve been keeping your eye on the notices or the blog, you will know that this month we are celebrating the fact that Anglicans of Second Life is ten years old. That’s quite an achievement in a world where initiatives come and go at an alarming rate. I’ve met people who are amazed that their old landmark still works to get them to the cathedral. Anyone who has had a nasty shock when using an old landmark and arriving somewhere totally different to what they expected will understand how significant it is to have a landmark from the past which still works.

Yesterday we began our birthday celebrations with a dance, hosted by our own superhero Captain Canuck (aka Celberon). Celberon is a Canadian and yesterday was Canada Day. Canada was also celebrating a significant anniversary – 150 years since its foundation! So, it was all very appropriate, celebrating our 10 years and Canada’s 150 years with a dance to music by Canadian musicians and hosted by Captain Canuck who is a Canadian comic book superhero. Being a DJ is not listed as one of Captain Canuck’s special powers, but he’s pretty good at it! Continue reading