December 11, 2016
Matthew 11:2-11
James 5:7-10
Isaiah 35:1-10

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Sermons and Stories for Advent 3
The forerunner | Sermon | Matthew 11:2-11
You'd have thought, if anybody knew Jesus was the promised Messiah, it would have been John the Baptist, the designated herald, the preparer of the way. Surely from the time he was a small boy, he must have known Jesus was the Promised One.... click here for the full sermon

Will he come again? | Sermon | James 5:7-10
In 1989 a report appeared in the local newspaper claiming that by the year 2000, our local city would be "Norwich by the Sea". The report was accompanied by an artist's impression of the postcards we might be sending from this new seaside resort.... click here for the full sermon

Images of heaven | Sermon | Isaiah 35:1-10
Years ago our local daily newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, launched an appeal entitled, "We Care". It was a campaign to raise the profile of breast cancer and to raise money to support breast cancer sufferers locally.... click here for the full sermon

Adrian's Swimming Coach | Children's Story | Matthew 11:2-11
There wasn't much that Adrian was good at, except swimming. He learned to swim when he was little more than a baby, and he loved it. When he was seven he joined a swimming club. It was there that he first met Mr Stevens, the swimming coach....click here for the full sermon

Paul's Play | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 11:2-11
Jesus claimed that thIn this story, Paul is "blinded" by his disappointment and unable to see beyond his pain. It's only much later, when things have taken a surprising turn for the good, That Paul is able to "see" -- to understand....click here for the full liturgy and story

God who is coming very near... | Intercession
God who is coming very near, there are times when I'm utterly certain about you. You answer my prayers in a vivid and unmistakable way, and I swear I shall never again doubt you. But there are other times when I'm very uncertain, when I can't feel your presence, when nothing seems to happen and nothing seems real.... 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)
  • A group of intercessory prayers for your worship service
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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.