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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Using our resources

On 18 September, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 79:1-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-7,  Luke 16:1-13.

Money – one of those subjects it’s not polite to talk about but which has an impact on all our lives for good or ill. Jesus, of course, was never constrained by what was polite to talk about and what wasn’t. He was concerned about helping the Kingdom of God to become a reality by teaching his listeners how to live God’s way. In the passage today we find him teaching his disciples, although it’s apparent in the verse immediately after the passage that the Pharisees were also listening in.

The main part of this reading is a parable. There’s no surprise there – Jesus regularly taught in parables. Usually parables are fairly easy to understand with a bit of thought. Sometimes Jesus even explained them to his disciples and the Gospel allows us to eavesdrop on the conversation. However, this time there is not much of an explanation given and the parable is tricky to understand. I’d be interested to know how the Bible Study group got on. Continue reading