The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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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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Being Fruitful Christians

The following is the text of the reflection given by Charle12string Lax (Charlie Northcroft) at the service he led on May 5, 2010, at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life.

When the Gentiles were accepting the good news about Jesus and becoming disciples in the 1st century, some Jewish Christians said they must go through the same processes as they had, such as circumcision, in order to fulfill Jewish laws. That Gentile Christians should be the same as Jewish Christians! Even today some Christian groups seem to think that that everyone should be just like them in order to be acceptable!

Jesus tells us that we just need to be connected to Him. Then we will be fruitful.
The following reflection is based on Acts 15:1-6, and John 15:1-8.

Isn’t it sad, how so often when good things happen, someone comes along who demands things are done their way!

In our Gospel reading Jesus said, just stay joined to him and let his teachings become a part of us, and we will produce good fruit. Yes there may be times of pruning, but as long as we remain joined to Jesus we will grow stronger, and we will produce even more fruit. The kind of fruit produced in our lives will be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faith. [See Galatians 5:22]

Sometimes these take a while to develop! Often I need to be patient with myself while a new crop develops, because perhaps someone has shaken my tree, and the last lot has all fallen off and been ruined. Often others have to be patient with me also!

In the Acts of the Apostles we often read how people were filled with joy when they accepted the good news. That’s a very common experience. I remember the joy I had when I first accepted Jesus into my life! Even in the midst of unfavourable things happening, we can still be filled with the joy of the Lord. I was not going through a happy time when I accepted Jesus into my life, yet I was filled with joy. Continue reading