July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28


Fifth Sunday of Easter

Janice B. Scott

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In "Valley of Bones", a thriller by Michael Gruber, one of the main characters is an intriguing mix of good and evil. Emmylou Dideroff had a terrible childhood and young adulthood, where she was sexually abused from the age of nine onwards. She fell into drugs, became a prostitute and wasn't afraid to dish out plenty of violence of her own. She enters the story having been arrested on a charge of murder. But despite what she readily admits was her own evil, Emmylou had amazing visions, one of which saved her life.

One vision occurred after she had been shot and was dying from her gunshot wounds. The vision led her to a convent where she was cared for by forward thinking nuns who could see beyond her chequered past and her nihilist present to the very special person that she was deep within.

But the detective who later arrested her and the psychiatrist assigned to ...

This sermon, Visions, is based on Acts 7:55-60 and relates to Fifth Sunday of Easter of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon on Acts 7:55-60 is just one of over 800 resources created by Janice Scott for The Village Shepherd (a component of SermonSuite). SermonSuite also offers online sermons, professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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