December 21, 2014
Luke 1:26-38
Romans 16:25-27
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

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Sermons and Stories for Advent 4
Angels -- messengers of doom? | Sermon | Luke 1:26-38
I'm told that during the war the one thing everybody dreaded was the arrival of a telegram. The telegram boy on his bike at the door always heralded bad news, for it meant that a loved one had been killed or injured or captured or was lost in action.... click here for the full sermon

Mystery and secrets | Sermon | Romans 16:25-27
One of my most relaxing hobbies is the reading of mystery stories. I especially enjoy a well-written plot which keeps me guessing until the very end of the book, although I'm not so keen on plots which seem contrived just to get in a twist at the end.... click here for the full sermon

Unwanted Gifts | Sermon | 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
The youth group wanted to express their Christianity in a practical way and hit upon a brilliant idea. They would take Christmas decorations round to the house of elderly parishioners and put up the decorations so that the elderly people could enjoy all the trappings of Christmas.... click here for the full sermon

Praxis' Special Job | Children's Story | Luke 1:26-38
Praxis, the pixie whose skin changed colour according to his moods, was a beautiful, bright orange. He was very excited. The pixie king had just told Praxis he had been chosen for a very special task.... click here for the full story

Praxis and the Wandering Minstrel | Children's Liturgy and Story | Luke 1:26-38
This is another story about Praxis, that naughty pixie who changes colour according to his moods.... click here for the full liturgy and story

God of the Impossible... | Intercession
God of the impossible, perhaps I rarely hear your voice because at some deep level I'm aware you may invite me to attempt that which appears to be impossible, and I'm terrified.... 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.