November 29, 2015
Luke 21:25-36
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Jeremiah 33:14-16

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Sermons and Stories for Advent 1
The Coming | Sermon | Luke 21:25-36
Today, as well as being Advent Sunday is also the first day of year 3 of the Revised Common Lectionary, which means that we'll follow mainly one gospel for the whole year.... click here for the full sermon

Jesus' Message to Us | Sermon | 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Some years ago when our children were very small, we took advantage of one of those holiday offers where if you go at a really inconvenient time of year, the children go free.... click here for the full sermon

The New Golden Era | Sermon | Jeremiah 33:14-16
The memory is a strange phenomenon. As we grow older, we tend to remember more about the days of our childhood and youth than we do about what happened ten minutes ago.... click here for the full sermon

Roly Interprets the Signs | Children's Story | Luke 21:25-36
Roly lay on the stone floor with his head on his paws. He wondered how much longer it was until it was time for food. Feeding time was the best time in the whole day, because then the humans came and rubbed his head and spoke to him and made a fuss of him.... click here for the full story

Lucy Leaf's Fear | Children's Liturgy and Story | Luke 21:25-36
It's very difficult for children to think beyond the immediate, so the Advent gospel readings full of doom and gloom need to be explained in some way.
     This little story about Lucy Leaf takes the theme of resurrection after death.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Advent God... | Intercession
Advent God,
When will you come? In each generation we await your coming, yet you don't reappear. And perhaps that's as it should be, for your Church teaches that you are always present, so how can you come again?... 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:
  • Sermons based on the Gospel readings
  • 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
For just $29.95 for a one-year subscription, you can access this entire treasure trove of valuable sermon material and sermon resources. And our convenient search engine enables you to quickly find exactly what you need -- all the rich content of The Village Shepherd can be searched by scripture or keyword, as well as by the lectionary calendar.

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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.