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Sea Sunday 2017

On 9 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32, 43Job 38:1-18, Mark 4:35-41.

Today people around the world will be celebrating Sea Sunday. In this, our tenth birthday month, we are celebrating Sea Sunday for the fifth time. As Epiphany is an island, surrounded by sea (though I accept it’s virtual sea), and has a mermaid for a churchwarden, it seems appropriate that we should dedicate one Sunday a year to thinking about those who spend their time at sea.

There are many organisations which support seafarers and in previous years I have drawn on their resources to create our worship and sermon. This year Dr Hugh Osgood, Moderator of the Free Churches in England, has supplied a sermon outline on the Sailors’ Society website. Also, the Apostles of the Sea have published a message from the Vatican by Cardinal Peter Turkson. I’m indebted to these two for what follows. Continue reading


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We are 10!!!

Anglicans of Second Life is ten years old. That is quite an achievement and well worth celebrating, which is what we are doing in July.

Throughout the month there will be displays of photos from our past. If you have been a member of our group in SL for some time you can take a trip down memory lane.

Events currently planned are:

  • Saturday 1 July 2-3pm. Canada Day dance hosted by our own Canadian superhero Captain Canuck!
  • Sunday 9 July 12noon Sea Sunday service followed at 1pm onwards by fun and games as the sim is flooded. Come to swim, boat and play accompanied by suitable maritime music.
  • Sunday 16 July Birthday Dance from 1-3pm at the Community Centre. Fairground rides, refreshments and more. Do come and join us.
  • Other events may be added. Watch out for notices.

Do come and join us for one of our events. Bring your friends, have a great time.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor

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Sea Sunday 2016

On 10 July, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32, 43, Genesis 12:1-9, Luke 10: 25-37. The sermon and service were based on resources provided by the Mission to Seafarers.

The Bible tells many stories about people setting out on journeys. Abram was called to leave his home and his people and set out on a journey to a new land. The story is full of hope and promise but the length and outcome of the journey are uncertain. Mary and Joseph set out for Bethlehem. Last week we read about the 70 disciples being sent on a missionary adventure which involved leaving so much behind: “Take nothing for the journey, no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.” (Luke 9:3) Jesus himself set out for Jerusalem. None of these journeys were easy but the promise behind all of them is of future hope and blessing.

The familiar story of the Good Samaritan speaks of some of the perils of journeying and of the life-changing impact of hospitality and love shown by strangers to those far from home. It is this gospel imperative to recognise every human being as a neighbour which drove the founder of the Mission to Seafarers, the Revd John Ashley. In his lifetime he visited 14,000 ships.

Today we give thanks for the work and inspiration of The Mission to Seafarers which is celebrating 160 years of ministry, and for all who have heard God’s call to build his kingdom amongst seafarers and who have stepped out in faith, not knowing quite where the journey might lead. They each realised that it was a journey that would bring many difficulties and challenges, but they were clear that it was one inspired by the God who would travel with them. Like so many of those earlier Bible journeys, the journey of the Mission to Seafarers from its beginnings in the Bristol Channel in England to its current work in over 200 ports in 50 countries has been one which has brought abundant life and blessing to generations of seafarers. Continue reading

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Sea Sunday 2015

On 12th July we celebrated Sea Sunday, using some of the resources provided by the Mission to Seafarers. Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32, 43, Acts 27:27-28:2, Matthew 4:18-22.

Jesus’ invitation to the first disciples is one many people are familiar with. He called four men who worked as fishermen and told them their task would change to ‘fishing for people’ or that they would be ‘fishers of men’ in the old translation I grew up with. Jesus didn’t completely change their job as much as changing the focus of it I suppose. Those of us who follow later on have the same task, to catch people, although it’s not necessary to have any fishing experience before being called.

St Paul, whose experience we read about today, was a scholar and a tent maker rather than a fisherman. However, he too was called to catch people, to bring them from the vast oceans of people in the world into the kingdom of God. When you read about all Paul’s adventures in the process, he was certainly as much in danger as fishermen like Peter and Andrew were when they went in their boats on the Sea of Galilee. Continue reading

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Sea Sunday 2013

On 14 July we celebrated Sea Sunday on Epiphany Island. This is an international celebration which it seemed appropriate for us to celebrate as we are an international community and reside on an island. The cathedral was well decorated with lifebelts and lamps to represent a ship. After the service we left the cathedral to find water lapping at the steps as Ana had flooded the sim. Several boats were moored around the island. We had great fun floating on the water and taking trips around our watery island. Freezing Sorbet made a short video to give a flavour of the event.

Although as a group of people from many different parts of the world our answers might vary, I wonder as you consider what you own, which items did not originate in your own country. Perhaps the laptop, the PC, the monitor, the keyboard, the mouse, the headset that you are using came from somewhere else. If the item itself was made in your country, were all the parts manufactured in your country also? What about your mobile phone: where did that come from? Your car: was it wholly or partially manufactured abroad? Where did your bike,  you washing machine, the wood for your fence, the copper for your cables, the wheat for your flour, the clothes you are wearing come from? Continue reading