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The hard task of forgiving

At noon SLT today, Sunday September 11 2011, we gathered in the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life to remember the events of ten years ago and to pray for peace. Though governments may go to war to right wrongs, in the end that’s not a policy that actually solves the problem. It costs more lives and perpetuates hatred. Jesus’ way is far more costly to each of us in a way that’s closer to us than a distant war fought in our name. It’s a battle to give up our right to revenge and instead to forgive anyone who harms us in any way. It’s the way that Jesus taught and the way that he lived. It’s a challenge but brings us freedom and abundant life.

The readings for the day were Psalm 103:1-13, Genesis 50:15-21, Matthew 18:21-35. My reflection follows:

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Prayers for Peace 2011

The tenth anniversary of the attacks of 11 September 2001 is fast approaching.  In those ten years the world does not seem to have become more peaceful. Many have died in wars and in terrorist attacks. Many are mourning the loss of loved ones.

As Edmund Burke said: ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ As Christians our response cannot be to throw our hands up in despair. Our response has to be to pray that the world will become a place of peace, of justice, of compassion, of mutual understanding. We also have to work where it’s in our power to bring about the change we would like to see in the world. Even if each of us were to change some small thing in our home, our workplace, our neighbourhood, we would make a difference. 2 billion Christians actively working to promote peace where they are has to make an impact.

Members of the Anglican community in Second Life have been encouraged to pray for peace this week. On Sunday at noon SLT we will meet together in the Cathedral to pray for peace together. We will use prayers from many faith traditions as part of our worship. If you can use voice and would like to read a prayer, please contact me as soon as possible. It would be wonderful to have voices from around the world heard as we pray for the world. Our community can embrace the whole of the globe in prayer.

You may find this poem helpful if you are asking yourself where God was when the terrible events of 9/11 took place.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor


Prayers for Peace 9/11 2010

As the anniversary of 9/11 comes round again, peace is still only a dream for many in our world. Citizens of many countries are killed or maimed in conflicts around the world every day. Many live limited lives in fear of bombs, mortars or land mines. Many are refugees who have lost homes and livelihoods due to war.

As our response, from midnight SLT Saturday to midnight SLT Sunday we are keeping a 24 hour vigil for peace on Epiphany Island. You are invited to come at any time and pray or light a candle in the Cathedral. There will be prayers for peace available if you want to use them. You might also want to sit quietly in the Peace Garden and pray.

At 2pm SLT there will be a special service of prayers and readings on the theme of peace, which I hope you can attend.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor