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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 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B

Sermon

Hebrews 7:23-28

Janice B. Scott
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.

I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something? How does Jesus save you? What does "Jesus saves me" actually mean? As I recall, nobody had much idea what the words meant, but it was in car-sticker vogue at the time.

Sermon

Mark 10:46-52

Janice B. Scott
I once gave a talk to a small group in a remote Norfolk village. While I was talking, no one in the group reacted in any way. They didn't smile or frown or indicate in any way whether or not they were even listening. They just sat there, without a flicker. It was a real struggle for me because I couldn't detect any response.

Sometimes I feel like that about God; as though I'm doing all the talking, but I don't know whether or not he's listening. I can't get a feel of God's presence, so that prayer becomes a real struggle because I can't detect any response.

I've often wondered why communicating with God should be so difficult. Why do I sometimes feel that I'm talking to myself? Why doesn't God reply? Why

Sermon

Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Janice B. Scott
Years ago, children used to enjoy crazes in the school playground. At various seasons of the year there would be a craze for conkers, a craze for marbles, a craze for skipping, a craze for juggling with a couple of sorbo rubber balls, a craze for yo-yos, a craze for hoola-hoops and so on. I never knew quite how the current craze started, but once it was under way every child in the school seemed to join in. At the time the crazes seemed supremely important, but they faded as quickly as they began and were soon followed by other crazes.

Children's Story

Mark 10:46-52

Janice B. Scott
Those who think they can see everything are often the ones who are really blind! The bystanders in this gospel story had far less insight and vision than Bartimaeus, who knew that the most important thing in the world was to get to Jesus. The bystanders didn't have that same priority, and did their best to stop Bartimaeus from achieving his burning desire.

This is a story about Greg and his friends, who discover they can't "see" quite as well as they thought.


It was Greg's birthday party, but he was utterly fed up. He'd been looking forward to this day for months and all his friends were coming, but his mother had suddenly dropped on him that she'd invited a girl! That was bad

Children's Liturgy and Story

Mark 10:46-52

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

They said to the blind man, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." Jesus continues to call us today, so in our worship let us take heart, get up and respond to him.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we don't hear you when you call.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes our hearts are low and we feel fed up and depressed.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes you feel so far away that we are unable to respond to you.
Lord, have mercy.


Reading:

Mark 10:46-52

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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Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Christopher Keating
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Bethany Peerbolte
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Note: This installment is still being edited and appended, but for purposes of immediacy we are posting it for your use. Please excuse any errors or omissions. We’ll have it cleaned up soon.

For October 28, 2018:
  • Restored to More by Dean Feldmeyer -- God’s restorations do not look backward to what was but forward to what can be.

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Hearing the News” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Rejecting the Darkness” by Frank Ramirez


Hearing the News
by Peter Andrew Smith
Mark 10:46-52

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Arley K. Fadness
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.”  (v. 52b)

Good morning whoever is out there.

I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Job 42:1-6,10-17
It is not Job’s or our deep faith which leads to faith and repentance. Famed 20th-century Reformed theologian Karl Barth made that clear:
Frank Ramirez
Most translations have it wrong. Job doesn’t repent in dust and ashes. He repents from dust and ashes, turning away from a false view of life, and turning toward a positive image of humanity.

In Hebrews we’re called to turn away from a false view of the need for the Temple. In Mark we turn away from a false view of defining people by a disability.

Job 42:1-6, 10-17 and Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.

I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?

SermonStudio

Charles L. Aaron, Jr.
Miracle Nine

From Beggar To Follower

The Text

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