Janice Scott ... The Village Shepherd
After being ordained in 1994 with the first wave of women priests, Janice became curate in a large city centre parish in Norwich and from there, moved to South Norfolk in 1999 as Rector of a rural benefice of six parishes. After completing her MA in Pastoral Theology with the Cambridge Theological Foundation in 2008 she was appointed Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral. Janice now lives with her husband Ian just outside Norwich. In addition to her diocesan work and writing "The Village Shepherd," she is a freelance writer for Redemptorist Publications in the UK. She has also written and broadcasts "Pause For Thought" on a local radio station and has written several novels, all with a church background.
Christ The King (Proper 29) - A
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Here in the UK, sheep probably fall into the warm and furry category, but our sheep are very unlike
I then understood that he was achieving his so-called invisibility by self-effacement. He worked at making himself insignificant, he stood back in the shadows, and he was almost unnoticeable.
The Church of Christ
Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority
The local community
Those who suffer
The communion of saints
These responses may be used:
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Gentle and self-effacing God, I'm in danger of not noticing you, for you hide yourself away in the timid and the quiet, the poor and the weak. It's not that I deliberately ignore you, God. If I spotted you, I'd be there in an instant.
Today, along with all the other workers, he had been sent out by the Queen Bee to collect nectar from the roses growing at the end of the garden. Buzter loved collecting nectar, for it was a delicious taste. And he loved the way pollen from the roses caught on his coat, for it was a delicious scent which he carried from rose to rose to help the roses bloom even more brightly.
Children's Liturgy and Story
On many occasions Jesus made it clear that all human beings are called to share in his kingdom, but that few choose to do so. In today's reading Jesus tells us that those who choose to share in his kingdom are unexpected, just as those who choose not to share in the kingdom are unexpected. In our worship let us explore the ways in which people opt into or opt out of God's kingdom.
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.
Most weeks include:
- Sermon based on the Gospel reading
- Sermon based on the Epistle reading
- Sermon based on the First reading
- Children's stories linked with the Gospel readings
- Children's liturgy and story (a different story than mentioned above)
- An intercessory prayer