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A new story

On 15th April 2018, 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 8th April 2018, 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 1st April 2018, 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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The new covenant

On 25th March 2018, the fifth Sunday of Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 119:9-16, Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33.

In the Church year we have moved into Passiontide, a time when our focus is on Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. Next week we will begin following Jesus through the last week of his life. This is the part of the year when there are many special services as we try to walk through as much of that week as we can. We begin with Palm Sunday when we walk from the Peace Garden to the cathedral to recall Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem. 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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God comes home

On 4th March 2018, the third Sunday of Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 19, Exodus 20:1-17, and John 2:13-22.

Nearly thirty years ago some friends of ours from church found themselves homeless. The buyers of their house wanted to move in and our friends couldn’t take possession of their new house immediately. Fortunately, my family and I were just about to go away for a three-week holiday, so we offered our home to our friends.

When we returned our friends were still not able to move into their new home. We spent the next three weeks with two families, ten people in all, sharing our house. It was much busier than normal and meal times were quite a challenge, but we managed and quite missed our friends when they moved out. Continue reading


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Everlasting covenants

On 25th February 2018, 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