The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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Pentecost 2018

On 20th May, the Feast of Pentecost, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 104:26-35, Acts 2:1-21 and John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15.

Anyone who has contact with small children will soon find out that waiting is a very difficult thing for them to do. They live very much in the now and would much prefer that any special event could happen now, rather than some time in the future. Add to that the fact that the concept of time passing is often somewhat shaky in a child, and we soon have a rather difficult situation. Many parents (and grandparents) resort to saying how many ‘sleeps’ there will be until the special occasion. That works well with our granddaughter Emily because she can count accurately, forwards and backwards. Her latest question is about how long until she goes into the next class at school. As that’s going to be at the beginning of September, she’ll need to count down from about a hundred! Continue reading

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Christ the intercessor

On 13th May, the seventh Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 1, Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 and John 17:6-19.</e

One of the emphases in many walks of life now seems to be the desirability of being a ‘reflective practitioner’. Books are written on the subject and courses are run to help people become such a person. Some of you may well have read such books or be such a person. For those who don’t know what a reflective practitioner is, let me just briefly explain. The idea is that we should take time to think about things we have done, to reflect on them, and learn from what went well and what didn’t go so well, in order to keep on learning. Continue reading

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Advent Sunday 2017

On 3 December, Advent Sunday, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 80:1-8, 18-20Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37.

It’s a common observation that time passes more quickly when you are older, or so it seems. Certainly I’ve noticed quite a number of people saying things like: ‘October already. Where has the time gone?’ or ‘I can’t believe November is just about over.’ Time seems to race ahead and take some of us by surprise at the speed of its passing.

On the other hand, for many young people time seems to crawl by. Their complaint is often, ‘I can’t wait until my birthday/ our holiday/ my friend comes for a sleepover, etc’. Currently, it’s Christmas that is not coming quickly enough for many children. The excitement is more than they can bear. They ‘can’t wait’ until Christmas Eve when Father Christmas will finally set out on his journey to deliver the presents. They ‘can’t wait’ to wake up on Christmas morning and rip open the paper to see if the much coveted item is revealed ready to be played with.

Today is Advent Sunday, the day the Church particularly concentrates on its own ‘can’t wait’ moment, the one Jesus often talked about. We are focusing on the time when Jesus will come back as our King, his Second Coming. It’s something Jesus promised us. It will be an amazing occasion. Unlike his first coming, as a baby in obscurity, no one will be able to miss the Second Coming. Think about it: the sun will be dark, the moon also, stars will fall from heaven. We will see “The Son of Man coming in clouds”. I’m not sure I can conjure up a picture of how it will look, but it sounds exciting and momentous. Continue reading

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Are we nearly there yet?

It’s difficult to wait for something you want very badly. Time drags, you can’t concentrate on other things. This was the place the Jews of Jesus’s time were in. They had promises that there would be a king to come of the house of David. They had high hopes that the king would bring in a new golden age such as in David’s time, but the waiting was long. Of course Jesus did arrive. He lived, he died, he rose again and ascended into heaven. We now are in a waiting time until he returns.

In the service on Sunday 26 February (First Sunday of Lent) the readings were Psalm 25:1-9, 1 Peter 3:18-end, and Mark 1:9-15. My reflection follows:

As a child I was a very poor traveller. I always felt car sick and hated journeys. In the summer my parents would take me to the seaside, often to join other local families for a day out. I always looked forward to getting there because we would have fun but those few miles (about 25) seemed so very long! I’m not sure if I was one of those children who constantly whines: ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ but I do remember my mother would show me at a particular point on the journey that we could see the sea. It was hard to tell the difference between sea and sky at that point, just a slightly darker blue at the bottom of the gap between the hills, but I believed her. We would drive down to a lower point and lose sight of the sea but when it next appeared it was more definite, closer, more exciting. The end of the journey was in sight! Continue reading