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The Village Shepherd

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.

Transfiguration Sunday - A

Children's Liturgy and Story

Matthew 17:1-9

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
When Jesus was transfigured up on the mountain, God said, "This is my son whom I love, listen to him." In our worship today, let us listen to Jesus.

Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I find it difficult to hear your voice.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I hear so many voices that I don't know which voice is yours.
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I turn away from your voice because I don't want to hear it.
Lord, have mercy.

Reading:
Matthew 17:1-9 (NRSV)

Children's Story

Matthew 17:1-9

Janice B. Scott
Praxis the colourful pixie was feeling very blue. He was blue partly with cold, but partly with fear. It was night, and he should have been tucked up in bed asleep with all the other pixies. But as soon as it was quiet and everyone was breathing heavily, he had pulled on his little pixie boots and his little pixie tunic and had slipped out into the woods.

Intercession

Matthew 17:1-9

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

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints


These responses may be used:


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

Sermon

2 Peter 1:16-21

Janice B. Scott
For many people, testimonies in which someone relates the story of how they came to Christianity, still seem to be one of the most powerful means of hearing the Christian message. There's something about the sincerity of the person who stands to speak, which usually shines through their words. And to hear the words of someone who has had a profound religious experience can be very moving.

Sermon

Exodus 24:12-18

Janice B. Scott
Years ago, a farmer in the tiny Norfolk village of Thursford (population 103) developed a passion for fairground organs. He started to collect and renovate any he could find, along with quite a collection of steam engines, and he stored them all in his barn. Gradually his collection grew until now it is a glittering cave of majestic old road engines and mechanical organs of every variety, all gleaming with colour.

With many of the machines still in working order, the collection is a sight and sound spectacular. It includes steam showman and traction engines, steam rollers and static engines, fairground and dancehall organs and a Gondola switchback. And the collection also includes a 2' narrow gauge steam railway and a mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ.

Sermon

Matthew 17:1-9

Janice B. Scott
Some years ago I remember talking with a teacher who was responsible for religious education throughout the primary schools of North Norfolk. Part of her job entailed training other teachers, and she'd made a video of good religious education practices in schools.

Part of that video remains with me to this day. It showed a group of primary age children sitting on the floor around a candle, meditating. Afterwards some of the children spoke about their experiences. It was very moving, and it was clear that prayer in those circumstances had been very real to those children.

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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Transfiguration Sunday - A
Janice B. Scott
For many people, testimonies in which someone relates the story of how they came to Christianity, still seem to be one of the most powerful means of hearing the Christian message. There's something about the sincerity of the person who stands to speak, which usually shines through their words. And to hear the words of someone who has had a profound religious experience can be very moving.

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