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Remembrance Sunday

On 12 November Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 701 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13.

One facet of our common life here on Epiphany Island that never ceases to inspire many of us is the international nature of our community. It allows people from all over the world to meet together to pray and worship God. When we share special celebrations here, we try to find occasions which we have broadly in common while not being afraid to learn from one another’s traditions.

Armistice Day, 11th November, marks the signing of a treaty between Britain and its allies with Germany, which brought hostilities in the First World War on the Western Front to a halt. This took effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. As a result, around the world various ceremonies have been held on 11th November as a time of remembering those who died. By no means every country marks this day but many of the allies involved in the original armistice do. Continue reading

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All Saints Day

On 5 November Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 34:1-10Revelation 7:9-17, Matthew 5:1-12.

As we enter November, the focus in the Church Year is on those who have lived the Christian life before us. For many, 31st October is a time for family events around Halloween, parties, dressing up and so on. Halloween is now a secular holiday but once it was associated with 1st November which is All Saints’ Day. ‘Hallow’ has come from the word ‘holy’ and ‘een’ is short for ‘evening’. So Halloween really means the Eve of All Hallows. Following the Jewish custom of starting the day at sunset, major festivals can have some of their celebration on the evening before the actual date. Many years ago in Britain and Ireland Christians gathered on Halloween to pray for God’s blessing and that they would be protected from evil. To represent the fight between good and evil, they would dress up as saints and evil spirits, leading to the modern day dressing up as ghosts, witches and so on. Continue reading


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Bible Sunday 2017

On 29 October Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 119:9-16Colossians 3.12-17, Matthew 24:30-35.

Today is Bible Sunday, an optional celebration in the Church of England and celebrated by other denominations also, when we focus on how important the Bible is. It’s a time to remember it’s not just a dusty old book, even if our own personal copies are not taken from the shelf as often as they should be! It’s a life-changing, life-giving gift from God to his people.

What I am about to say draws on Bible Society resources provided for today, particularly on those from Northern Ireland this year.

Paul’s letter to the believers in Colossae was needed as they were faced with false teaching. Paul wanted to encourage them and guide them in living their new life as Christians. They needed to know that the old way of life, like old clothes, was to be cast aside as they put on new clothes. As a result, they would not only look different from the outside, but actually be different all the way through. Continue reading


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A taxing question

On 22 October Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 96Isaiah 45:1-7, Matthew 22:15-22.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, or so the saying goes. If today’s Gospel passage is anything to go by, those in authority in Jerusalem were getting rather desperate. Jesus was growing into a more obvious threat to their peace of mind. After riding into Jerusalem in triumph to the acclaim of the crowds, Jesus had cleared the Temple of the traders there. The challenge of the priests had had no effect. Even worse, when Jesus was in the Temple the next day he had humiliated the chief priests and leaders by leaving them unable to decide how to answer him when he asked if John the Baptist was sent from God. Jesus went on to tell parables which were obviously directed at the leaders. It’s easy to understand why the leaders of the Jews were becoming more and more angry and desperate to get rid of Jesus. Continue reading


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Creationtide 2017

On 15 October Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 104: 1, 11-23Job 39: 1-8, 26-30, Luke 12:22-31.

Today we are celebrating creation. Although there is no official Creationtide in the church year, many Anglican churches around the world choose to celebrate creation in this part of the year. For those in the northern hemisphere it is the time of harvest, gathering the bounty of the fields and orchards to keep us fed during the cold months. For those in the southern hemisphere it is a time for the plants to awake as the days lengthen and the soil warms. It’s time for planting and weeding in the hope of a good harvest later in the year. For an international church such as ours, it is an appropriate time to turn our thoughts to creation. Continue reading


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The vineyard of God

On 8 October Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 80:9-17Isaiah 5:1-7, Matthew 21:33-46.

Does anyone here have a good memory?

Thinking back over the past couple of weeks, what does the Gospel reading today have in common with the Gospel readings of last week and the week before?

Vineyards feature in all the readings. Two weeks ago we read about a landowner who employed people to work in his vineyard. He caused dissent when he paid all his workers the same regardless of how long they had worked. The vineyard there represented the kingdom of God where the first are last and the last first. Last week a man asked his two sons to work in his vineyard. One said no but later went and did as he was asked, whereas the second said yes but didn’t follow through on his words. We learnt that those who were initially not obeying God will enter the kingdom, but the ones who think of themselves as righteous but would fail to enter as they didn’t listen to God’s word. Continue reading


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By whose authority?

On 1 October Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 25:1-8Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32, Matthew 21:23-32.

Children do some funny things and some annoying things. One abiding memory of our youngest son comes from the time he was four years old. I really can’t remember what I had done to provoke the outburst but I still remember the result. Our son stood there, pulled up to his full height, small though he was, hands on hips and looked me in the eye and asked in his most challenging tone: “What right do you have to tell me what to do?” I have no idea where he came across such a phrase, even his 14 year old brother had not used that to my knowledge. I didn’t have time to worry about where the question came from. I needed to explain that I actually did have the right to tell our son what to do by virtue of the fact that I was his mother. I’m not sure how happy he was with the answer, but a son who would not accept that I had any authority in his life was going to be a big problem. Our youngest son continued to be the most challenging of all our children. I suppose one answer was not going to address the whole issue. Continue reading