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Janice Scott ... The Village Shepherd

After being ordained in 1994 with the first wave of women priests, Janice became curate in a large city centre parish in Norwich and from there, moved to South Norfolk in 1999 as Rector of a rural benefice of six parishes. After completing her MA in Pastoral Theology with the Cambridge Theological Foundation in 2008 she was appointed Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral. Janice now lives with her husband Ian just outside Norwich. In addition to her diocesan work and writing "The Village Shepherd," she is a freelance writer for Redemptorist Publications in the UK. She has also written and broadcasts "Pause For Thought" on a local radio station and has written several novels, all with a church background.

Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C

Sermon

Genesis 18:20-32

Janice B. Scott
When Moira's husband was killed in a car crash at the age of 35, Moira was understandably devastated. For days she was in shock and hardly knew what she was doing. And since she'd kissed Mike goodbye as usual that morning, she couldn't believe that he was really dead, even though the police arrived at her place of work and told her. But Moira just couldn't take it in.

Then, as it eventually began to dawn on her that it really was true and that she'd never see Mike again, she felt utter, crushing despair. It was then that she began to bargain with God.

"God, don't let it be true and I promise I'll attend church every Sunday for the rest of my life."

Sermon

Luke 11:1-13

Janice B. Scott
Despite the fact that the Millennium celebrated 2000 years of Christianity, the cross, the central Christian symbol, didn't feature in the ill-fated Millennium Dome. But at least it was good to know that there was a "Spirit Zone", even though the exhibition didn't focus exclusively on Christianity. It displayed human rites of passage, religious rituals and images of great devotional art from many religions.

Sermon

Colossians 2:6-15

Janice B. Scott
Alison (Paul's wife), Norman (Steer) our Reader from here at Starston, and I recently attended an Alpha Conference at Holy Trinity Church, in Brompton, London. Holy Trinity was the church which devised the Alpha course many years ago, and has seen it flourish and spread like wildfire, so that Alpha is now running not only in thousands of churches across the UK, but also in more than 150 countries worldwide.

Intercession

Luke 11:1-13

Janice B. Scott
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation

The communion of saints


These responses may be used:


Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.


God, the centre of my being,

When I think of you, praise spills from my lips. I wish I always acted as though you were my centre, for then perhaps your kingdom would be known here.

Children's Story

Luke 11:1-13

Janice B. Scott
Alice was lying on her back on the grass gazing up at clouds meandering gently overhead when she first saw the angel. She suddenly became aware she wasn't alone. She noticed a slight movement out of the corner of her eye, and when she looked properly, there was the angel, sitting legs crossed on the old tree stump.

"Hello," said Alice. Although he looked a bit like a slender boy or an overgrown pixie, Alice knew it was an angel because he was surrounded by a haze of soft light.

"Hello," said the angel.

Alice thought hard. She'd never met an angel before, so she wasn't sure what to say. But he seemed to be waiting, so Alice said, "Will you teach me how to pray?" She thought that sounded suitably holy.

Children's Liturgy and Story

Luke 11:1-13

Janice B. Scott

Call to Worship:

Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." In our worship today, let us search, knock and ask.



Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we don't bother to search because it all seems too difficult.

Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we blame you for not finding us, when actually we haven't searched very well.

Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, we don't always want the door to be opened in case you demand too much of us.

Lord, have mercy.

What is The Village Shepherd?

The Village Shepherd offers sermons, bible stories, children's stories and prayers based on the Revised Common Lectionary. These inspirational sermons, stories, and prayers are sure to touch your heart, because they reflect the simple virtues and tranquil serenity that characterize Reverend Scott's English countryside pastorate. The questions "Where is God in this particular situation?" and "Where does the Gospel story cross our own human story?" are always at the heart of these meditations -- but rather than finding overt answers, instead you will be gently led to make your own connections and discover the powerful ways in which God works. Janice Scott has the unique ability to find interesting details in ordinary life that illuminate scripture, while still challenging even the most intellectual reader. And that gift is precisely what also makes her an outstanding communicator with children.

Most weeks include:

  • Sermon based on the Gospel reading
  • Sermon based on the Epistle reading
  • Sermon based on the First reading
  • Children's stories linked with the Gospel readings
  • Children's liturgy and story (a different story than mentioned above)
  • An intercessory prayer
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“Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (v. 1b)

Good morning children,

It's really wonderful to see you children. You appear happy and eager to be here.

I'm happy to be here too, and to share thoughts with you about prayer.

Can you tell me what you know about prayer? (children respond, don't be surprised at their answers) What else can you tell me about prayer? (children respond)

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Luke 11:1-13

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
When Moira's husband was killed in a car crash at the age of 35, Moira was understandably devastated. For days she was in shock and hardly knew what she was doing. And since she'd kissed Mike goodbye as usual that morning, she couldn't believe that he was really dead, even though the police arrived at her place of work and told her. But Moira just couldn't take it in.

Then, as it eventually began to dawn on her that it really was true and that she'd never see Mike again, she felt utter, crushing despair. It was then that she began to bargain with God.

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J. Will Ormond
This sermon was prepared for and preached at a chapel service at Columbia Seminary at which the Lord's Supper was celebrated. The bread was three loaves in a basket on the Table. These loaves were broken at the time of the distribution of the elements. The Moores referred to lived next door to me at the time. Mrs. Moore was manager of the seminary dining hall.

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