August 30, 2015
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
James 1:17-27
Song of Solomon 2:8-13

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 17 | OT 22
Accepting responsibility | Sermon | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
The story was told in the press recently of two teenage sisters who befriended an elderly widow. The 87-year-old widow had lived alone for five years, in the same block of flats as the sisters lived. The two girls regularly ran errands for her and took her to the hairdresser and generally looked after her.... click here for the full sermon

Experience or Tradition? | Sermon | James 1:17-27
I'm presently reading an excellent book by Marcus Borg, entitled, "Jesus -- A New Vision". In the introduction Marcus Borg tells how he first began studying Jesus and theology as what he calls "an unbelieving son of the church."... click here for the full sermon

Sexuality | Sermon | Song of Solomon 2:8-13
The Anglican Communion is the umbrella organisation which holds together in an alliance Episcopal churches throughout the world which were originally based on the Church of England and over which the Archbishop of Canterbury presides.... click here for the full sermon

Cat and Mouse Games | Children's Story | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Fluffy Cat and Toby Mouse lived together in the same house. At least, Fluffy Cat led a pampered life and enjoyed the run of the house, sleeping on real beds and soft cushions whenever she felt like it.... click here for the full story

Praxis Decides To Be Himself | Children's Liturgy and Story | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Jesus abhorred hypocrites and knew that some of the Pharisees hid behind the rules. They thought that keeping the rules was more important than being right inside, but Jesus told them that it was much more important to be right inside than to keep the rules. This is a story about Praxis, the pixie whose skin changes colour according to his moods.... click here for the full liturgy and story

All-seeing God, sometimes your Church feels a bit like those Pharisees... | Intercession
All-seeing God, sometimes your Church feels a bit like those Pharisees who were pure on the outside but not very clean within. Years later, awful tales emerge of abuse within your Church, which has seriously damaged the victims.... click here for the full prayer

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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.

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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.