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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.

Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C


Luke 6:27-38

Cynthia E. Cowen
Note: This is a substitute for missing content from The Village Shepherd.


Genesis 45:3-11, 15

Mary S. Lautensleger
Note: This is a substitute for missing content from The Village Shepherd.

Sibling rivalry. It's the pits. It has been around as long as there have been siblings around. Beginning with Cain and Abel, we see one brother disgruntled because God likes the other brother's sacrificial offering better. We remember, too, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah, the prodigal son and his older brother. Life is not fair.


1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

Richard E. Gribble, CSC
Note: This is a substitute for missing content from The Village Shepherd.

George lives in Fort Portal, a town on the western front of Uganda, some fifty miles from the Congo. Like the Rwenzori Mountains (the Mountains of the Moon) that surround the town, George is a beautiful man in many ways. He works as a cook, among many other tasks, for a local school. There is actually little that George does not do. He is the one who washes, irons, and mends the students' clothes, cleans the dormitory, fixes what is broken, does the grocery shopping, and takes care of the outside yard. In short, George is a servant in the classic sense of that word. He serves the students and often the faculty and staff of that school from morning until after 8 p.m. each day.


Jeremiah 17:5-10

Janice B. Scott

Jeremiah 17:5-10 - those who trust in the Lord are blessed, but not so those who put their trust merely in human beings.

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 - St Paul proclaims the resurrection of the dead.

Luke 6:17-26 - the sermon on the mount.


Jeremiah 17:5-10

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
and make mere flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the LORD.

[6] They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.

[7] Blessed are those who trust in the LORD,


Luke 8:22-25

Janice B. Scott
Some years ago, when Home Secretary Jack Straw learned his seventeen-year-old son had been selling cannabis in a local pub, he must have been devastated. It would be a bad enough shock for any parent, but for the government minister responsible for law and order, and one who had consistently denounced illegal drugs, it must have felt as though his whole world was tumbling. Jack Straw knew nothing of his son's activities until he received a phone call from a newspaper reporter, informing him of William's actions and asking for his comments!


Revelation 4

Janice B. Scott
There's something exciting about secrets, especially to the young. I remember a few years ago when a well-known cereal company put a secret pen into their cereal packets. All the children near me went wild with excitement, and this bit of useless plastic with a hollow centre for storing secret notes became a "must-have" toy, surreptitiously passed from hand to hand around the classroom. And stories about spies and secret codes are perennially popular, hence the delight in James Bond type films and the great excitement over revelations by former members of MI5 and MI6.


Luke 8:22-25

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.

Children's Story

Luke 8:22-25

Janice B. Scott
This is a story about a princess who finds herself in terrible trouble. She thinks nobody cares about her or her problems, but in the end the storm calms and she realises how much she's always been loved.
When Princess Lightfinger was born, there was great rejoicing in the whole land. Sticking firmly to the old traditions, the king and queen chose the best possible fairy godmother for their daughter, a fairy godmother who would look after the princess at all times, and who would always have the princess's best interests at heart.

Children's sermon

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

Note: This is a substitute for missing content from The Village Shepherd.

Good morning, boys and girls. Have any of you ever planted a seed and watched it grow into a plant? (Let them answer.) I want to tell you the story about some seeds like these. There was once a package of seeds. These seeds were asleep in the package. The package was on a shelf in a store waiting for someone to pick them up and buy them. One day a little boy came along. He was looking for some seeds to buy so that he could plant them in his garden. He chose the package of seeds of some flowers like these (show the seed package). He took them home and opened the package like this (open the package and place the seeds in your hand).

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

New & Featured This Week

The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
For February 24, 2019:


Keith Hewitt
Wilton Lewis stood with his hands on his hips, studying the sanctuary wall, not trusting himself to speak. He wanted to spit, was thwarted by the fact that he was inside, and instead swallowed hard and said, “This is vile. Disgusting and vile.” He turned to his right and added, “I apologize, Reverend Cashmore. This does not represent the good people of Port William. You know that, I hope.”

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Frank Ramirez
Since Albert Einstein is considered the genius above all geniuses, he is often credited quotes he never said. (If Einstein said it, it must be true.) That includes the saying that insanity is defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result. Actually, it wasn't until the 1980's that he was first connected to that saying, but it doesn't matter who actually said it, because these three scriptures seem to validate the saying.

Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Genesis 45: 3-11, 15


Arley K. Fadness
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you....” (v. 27)

Good morning boys and girls,

First thing I want to say is, I love you little ones. Know why? I just love to give love and to receive love. How many of you know how to hug? (children respond)

Love and hugs are about the same aren't they? (children respond)

Well this morning I'm going to talk about love.

The greatest sermon Jesus ever preached shocked the people. He told them who to love.


David Kalas
Seven years ago, our family moved from southern Virginia to northeast Wisconsin. As you might expect, spring comes later here. Fall comes earlier. And winter is a much different experience in northeast Wisconsin than it was in southern Virginia. The same temperatures that seemed bone-chilling in Virginia are good reason to leave the mufflers and mittens at home in Wisconsin. Of course, many of the retired folks in my congregation here take their cue from the geese and fly south for the winter each year.

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