August 28, 2016
Luke 14:1, 7-14
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Jeremiah 2:4-13

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 17 | OT 22 | Pentecost 15
The importance of humility | Sermon | Luke 14:1, 7-14
Over recent years there have been some appalling bomb outrages. There are the suicide bombers in the Middle East, causing horrific injuries and loss of life.... click here for the full sermon

Encounters with angels | Sermon | Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
I've just finished reading an unusual novel, "Miss Garnet's Angel," by Salley Vickers. Miss Garnet is a rather prim and old-fashioned schoolteacher, who, when her great friend and lifelong companion dies, suddenly decides to retire and live in Venice.... click here for the full sermon

Humility | Sermon | Proverbs 25:6-7
The wedding season starts around Easter each year, heats up during June, July and August, begins to quiet down during September and is usually finished by October.... click here for the full sermon

Beatrice the Bee | Children's Story | Luke 14:1, 7-14
Beatrice knew she was a princess, for her mother was Queen Bee. Beatrice had hatched out along with all the other tiny eggs, but even as a larva she had a strong feeling of destiny....click here for the full sermon

Maximus Hart | Children's Liturgy and Story | Luke 14:1, 7-14
Most of us like to feel important so we need to guard against the tendency to try to make ourselves appear to be more important than we really are. Jesus was full of genuine humility and his strength lay within that humility....click here for the full liturgy and story

God of Humility... | Intercession
God of humility, you accepted even the ultimate humiliation of a degrading death under a curse without resentment or complaint. Yet I can't accept even a little hurt pride without desiring to get my own back.... click here for the full prayer


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.

For every Sunday in all three cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary, you'll find:
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  • Sermons based on the Epistle readings
  • Children's stories linked with the Gospel readings (most are original, through some are adaptations of old Christian legends or Bible stories)
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Reverend Janice Scott

Janice Scott is the Rural Dean of Redenhall Deanery, covering 32 parishes in South Norfolk, England. Her introduction to the Norfolk area came in 1999 when she received an e-mail from someone in a country parish, pleading for a priest. The writer turned out to be nine years old. As a result of that e-mail she became rector of six small country parishes in rural Norfolk, where she resides today.

Her career as a priest began in 1994 when she was ordained at Norwich Cathedral with the first group of women clergy in the UK.

In addition to her parish duties and writing The Village Shepherd, Rev. Janice Scott is a freelance writer for Redemptorist publications in the UK. She also broadcasts a "Pause for Thought" on a local radio station.