The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life


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The times they are a-changing, yet again!

19078809The moving of clocks forward or back one hour with the change of the seasons seems to come round rapidly. Barely have we become settled and somewhat complacent in a predictable pattern of services than everything has to change again.

On Sunday in the early hours of the morning, the clocks in North America will change, although I believe some states do not change their clocks. However, the important change is to Second Life Time which is the same as in Los Angeles. All times for our events and services are given in SLT. If all our leaders and all our members were in Los Angeles there would be no problem but that is not the case. The change in time in the UK and Europe happens on 31st March and that also has an effect. So hold on to your hats and take note of what will be happening over the next few weeks!

Friday Socials which run from 6-8pm SLT will continue unchanged. Sunday Compline at 6pm SLT will also continue unchanged. Other times are given in the table below:

 

Morning Prayer

Evening Prayer

Bible Study

Sunday Service

Wednesday Service

Until 9th March

11pm

Noon

n/a

n/a

2pm

*10th March

None

n/a

11.30am

1pm

n/a

11th -30th March

Midnight

1pm

11.30am

1pm

3pm

**31st March on

Midnight

Noon

10.30am

noon

2pm

* Time in North America moves forward one hour

** Time in UK and Europe moves forward one hour

Times in Australia and New Zealand change on 7th April when the clocks go back one hour. This will not affect the times of the services in SLT but it will affect the time for those who live in this area who will find that everything becomes an hour earlier.

The European time change will come in the early hours of Easter Sunday so the change in times will be on an important day when people may well not want to miss services. I will post the Easter services on the blog.

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The end of an era

Gareth JanusThose who were present at the Sunday noon service will have heard Gareth Janus (RL Revd Dr Gareth Edwards) announce that he is stepping down from the Leadership Team of Anglicans of Second Life and also ceasing to lead worship. Gareth has many commitments in real life which leave him very busy indeed, hence his decision.

Gareth has been involved in the ministry of Anglicans of SL from the beginning and has led services for over five years. He is much loved by many of our community and will be greatly missed, though he assured those present on Sunday that he will still be around in SL.

Gareth’s final service will be on Sunday 17th March at 1pm SLT (note the different time due to clocks moving forward in North America). After the service we will have a celebration to which all are welcome.

Transitions are not easy. Gareth will leave a hole in our ministry which will take time to fill and the ministry will never be exactly as it is now. This is the end of an era, as was said on Sunday. However, God leads us onward to new and different things. While being sad to lose Gareth we can also be excited about whatever we will be doing in the future.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor


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Ash Wednesday 2013

Every year we have held an Ash Wednesday service in the Cathedral, led by Gareth Janus (The Revd Dr Gareth Edwards). Though some may wish that we used music in our services, there is something about just using words, spoken and typed, which lends great power to this way of beginning Lent. The words hang there longer than if just spoken because they are on the screen in text. We wait for the responses from those present and while we wait the meaning of what has been said is impressed upon us.

We confess to you, Lord …
all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy and impatience of our lives.

We confess to you, Lord …
ALL: Lord, have mercy.

We confess to you, Lord …
Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people.

ALL: Lord, have mercy.

We confess to you, Lord …
Our anger at our own frustration
and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves.

ALL: Lord, have mercy.

The imposition of ashes

The imposition of ashes

This is just a part of what was said. Maybe this way of marking Ash Wednesday would not work for everyone but it works for me. Then, we had the Ashing, or imposition of ashes, when each is given an ash cross on the forehead. We were invited to come forward to kneel at the altar rail. Gareth asked each of us to give our names to him and to include our RL name if we wanted to. Some gave both names, some just their SL name. There was something very powerful about those present giving RL names. It said that this was not some empty role play but a reality that touched the person behind the avatar. To each Gareth used the name given and repeated the ancient words: Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.

My only sadness this year was that my viewer stopped working just before I received the ash cross. However, even with that said, it was still a very moving occasion.

Thank you, Gareth.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor


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Christmas online – Nativity and more

Christmas is a busy time in churches throughout the world, and our cathedral in Second Life is no exception. Since Advent, Mary and Joseph have travelled around to various homes and churches in SL and on Christmas Eve returned to Epiphany Island to stay in our stable. We had a special Nativity service in which we welcomed Mary and Joseph and remembered all those who had given them hospitality over the previous 25 nights: Hazey Bigbear, Cephus Levee, Rocky Vallejo, Bunneh Byron, Grizzy Griswold, Coy Weatherwax, Petronella Piers, Lelani Carver, Harper Ganesvoort, Chaz Longstaff, Sara Toxx, psimagus Hax, ZoeRose Eiren, Medhi Bury, Markus Pexington, Graham Clarrington, Pelagius Friend, Cyrano Swansong, Skye Lewellen, Illendel Foulsbane, Mateo12 Michigan, Neill Loxingly, Charlie12string Lax, dove Redyard and Cady Enoch. There is now a book of photos from the Posada and the Nativity scene is in the garden if anyone wishes to visit.

Our Christmas services have not yet finished as we are having a special service with a reflection at noon SLT today. I hope that some of our community can join together to worship at this time.

Meanwhile, I wish you every blessing this Christmas season as we remember how God chose to come to earth to live as one of us, so that we might know him better and experience the joy of knowing what it is to be his children.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor


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Carols and Thriller

On Sunday the Anglican Cathedral held not one, but two Nine Lessons and Carols services. I suppose one was technically on Saturday in SL terms, but for those attending, it was Sunday. In the services we heard of God’s plan to redeem the human race by sending his Son to be born on earth as a baby and to grow up in the same way as we all do. The final reading was John 1:1-14. That reading has sent shivers down my spine since I first knowingly heard it in a school Christmas event. Having it in the King James version simply added to the atmosphere for me.

Most who were with us this Sunday found the services very moving. We had carols from various sources on video but lag or technical limitations meant that some people couldn’t watch so I am giving a list of links here with the readings to which they related. Perhaps for those who didn’t make it, this will give something of a flavour.

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A Cathedral Christmas

We’re looking forward to having plenty of opportunities to meet together and worship at this special Christmas season. Normal services will continue but there are also special services planned.

On Saturday 19th December at 10.30pm SLT there will be a Nine Lessons and Carols service, which will also run at noon SLT on Sunday 20th December. It would be wonderful to hear from anyone who can use voice in world and would like to read in one of those services. Don’t be shy – volunteer! One of the special features of worship in SL is that we hear accents from around the world, reminding us that we are a worldwide church, that we hug the globe with prayers as we meet. Continue reading


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Thanks and a welcome

When Rev Mark Brown stepped down as priest-in-charge of Anglicans of Second Life at the end of June, he had built a team to take the ministry forward. One of his last actions was to find someone to lead the Pacific Rim service which was proving popular. LouiB Serendipity took on this daunting task, having to learn the ropes very quickly indeed. She has been supported by others from that area of the world as she got to grips with the requirements.

The Leadership Team has just been informed that, due to personal circumstances, LouiB can no longer lead the Pacific Rim Service. We are very grateful for all that she has done and hope that she will remain a member of our community.

The service, which recently changed time to 10pm SLT, will continue to take place. For the time being I shall lead it with help from the various regular attenders. It is the hope of the Leadership Team that a new leader for this service will be found in time. I do hope you will support this service and encourage others who can make it to come along and worship. This week the theme will be ‘Remembrance’ as it is Remembrance Sunday in the UK and some other parts of the world, and Veterans Day coming up in the US.

While saying goodbye to LouiB as service leader, we are able to welcome a new member of our Prayer Team. ZoeRose Eiren has now joined the Team. Members of the Prayer Team are able to be paged from outside the Cathedral and will be happy to pray with you if you have any needs. This is a confidential ministry; whatever you  share will not be divulged to others. We all need support sometimes and the community at Epiphany is happy to offer this prayer ministry to any who need it.

If you need more information do contact me in-world or email ailsa [at] ailsa-wright.net. Any member of the Prayer Team would be happy to tell you more also.