July 27, 2014
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 12 | OT 17
The Kingdom - wow! | Sermon | Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
I remember watching a television documentary on BBC 2, on St Paul's Cathedral. The final programme was a look at the choir school, with boys from as young as seven or eight years old until about twelve or thirteen. They had to work immensely hard, with the older boys regularly working something like a 13-hour day before they had any real free time.... click here for the full sermon

Sleep on it! | Sermon | Romans 8:26-39
One very good way of solving apparently insoluble problems, is to sleep on them. My parents taught me from a very young age that if I wasn't sure what to do about something, I should sleep on it. And this was especially true in relationships. If someone had upset me and I wanted to hit back, the message was always the same - sleep on it.... click here for the full sermon

Come-uppance! | Sermon | Genesis 29:15-28
For all the moans and groans voiced by disgruntled motorists over the many speed cameras now apparent in the UK, there is a certain satisfaction when habitual speeders are caught and fined. There's even more satisfaction when these speeders who seem to think they are beyond the law... click here for the full sermon

Terry's Dream | Children's Story | Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Terry had a dream. It was a wonderful dream that often recurred if she was enjoying a good night's sleep. In fact it was such a good dream and had happened so often that Terry could remember every detail of it, and now often dreamed it in the daytime as well. When she ought to have been studying, Terry would be lost in a world of her own.... click here for the full story

The Grain Of Faith | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52
We often fail to believe that we can make any difference, because we are too few or we don't have the right gifts. But Jesus changed the world with just twelve ordinary people who had no special gifts, who weren't leaders and who had very little education between them. All we need is a grain of faith that God will step in and help.
     This is a story about that grain of faith.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Radiant God... | Intercession
Radiant God, I want so much to be with you in your Kingdom all the time. But I'm struggling. I really enjoy the delights of modern life and I don't want to go away and live like a hermit. Radiant God, is it possible to combine modern life with the Kingdom? Help me to understand that I need to undergo a sea-change in my attitudes, until I want you so much that nothing else matters.... 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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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.