I absolutely love leading services in Second Life, it can be a real buzz with a number of things going on at once. Preparation is key: before the service I organise the liturgy based on Evening Prayer from the Church of England, I write and pre-record my message, and I arrange music. Fifteen minutes before the start of the service I head to the Cathedral and start to greet people as they arrive. I also take that time to send out a final notice letting people know we are about to start. And then it really gets busy. As people arrive I can have 6 things going on a once! People asking about the service, others saying hello, and others seeking a teleport to the Cathedral. I love it!! (See above for image of a service.)
And then usually just after the start time I walk to the front of the Cathedral and commence the service with greetings.
Each attendee has an Order of Service which provides the liturgy, readings and lyrics. I type the liturgy and also say most of it.
When it comes to the sermon, I head to the pulpit and my message is streamed in. I use shoutcast.com and Winamp. It is very simple to use; I simply press play and about a minute later people can listen to it – wherever they are in the world.
And after the message I usually stream in a song, and people are encouraged to sing along or simply listen. I then lead a time of open prayer. (Image above – me in action at my computer.)
Once the service is concluded, we usually have a time of fellowship.
It is such an amazing experience!
Revd Mark Brown
Deacon in Charge
Anglican Cathedral in Second Life
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