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The Village Shepherd

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.

Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B

Children's Liturgy and Story

Mark 9:38-50

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus said that whoever is not against us, is for us. Let us welcome all those who are not against us and thank God for their support.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, when we judge others too harshly,
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, when we wrongly feel that all are against us,
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, when we enjoy our own cliques and keep others out,
Lord, have mercy.


Mark 9:38-50

Children's Story

Mark 9:38-50

Janice B. Scott
Praxis, the pixie who changed colour according to his feelings, was a bright and healthy pink. He looked so good and so happy with himself that everyone who saw him couldn't help smiling. The fact was, he'd been chosen for a very important job.

There was only one other pixie who changed colour, and he was very old and had grown very wise. The wise old pixie had been just like Praxis when he was small, but now he was old, all his colours combined to produce a radiant, brilliant white. The white was a sign that inside himself he was at peace, and as a result of that peace he had become very wise and very well loved.


Mark 9:38-50

Janice B. Scott
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

These responses may be used:

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, and let us thank God for his goodness.

Almighty God our heavenly father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

God of refining fire, sometimes one branch of your Church shows intolerance towards another branch. Sometimes one branch of your Church claims exclusive rights to you. May all your church be so salted with fire that we open our arms to one another, accepting and welcoming each other in your name.


James 5:13-20

Janice B. Scott
The chairman of our local district council has just been ordained. For the first year he will be a deacon, then in a year's time should be ordained priest in accordance with Church of England tradition. In an article in the local paper he said, "One woman told me that she got a lot from my sermons and prayers because she felt like she was leaning on a garden gate talking to God."

That seems to me to be such a good description of prayer, to be leaning on a garden gate talking to God. It conjures up a feeling of intimacy and friendship and relaxation in God's presence.

I think perhaps one of the greatest of human needs is the need to pray. Those who have the ability to pray are able to enjoy fulfilling and secure lives, but many


Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

Janice B. Scott
Heroes of our time, like Bonhoeffer or Edith Cavell or Martin Luther King are remembered and admired for generations. Some, like Nelson or Francis Drake, pass into history and are taught in schools so their memory never fades. They are usually taught by the means of stories or films about their lives, so that people realise for themselves the excitement and adventure, the danger and risk these people undertook.

One of the Jewish heroines is Esther. Her exploits are recounted in the Book of Esther, which is very important for Jewish people but less well known by Christians. Esther's deeds are remembered and celebrated annually by Jews at the two-day Feast of Purim, but the events of the Book of Esther are not thought to be historical, more of a very exciting novel.


Mark 9:38-50

Janice B. Scott
I can remember from my childhood and on many occasions since, the crestfallen feeling of having offered something I thought was absolutely marvellous only to have what felt like the wrath of heaven fall on my head.

On one memorable occasion when we were very young, my brother and I were sent shopping and met a little friend at the shop. Because we had been taught to be kind and generous children, we bought our friend an ice cream from the shopping money.

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
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Proper 21 | OT 26 | Pentecost 18
30 – Sermons
150+ – Illustrations / Stories
26 – Children's Sermons / Resources
28 – Worship Resources
24 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Proper 22 | OT 27 | Pentecost 18
31 – Sermons
160+ – Illustrations / Stories
28 – Children's Sermons / Resources
27 – Worship Resources
22 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Proper 23 | OT 28 | Pentecost 20
29 – Sermons
150+ – Illustrations / Stories
27 – Children's Sermons / Resources
25 – Worship Resources
27 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
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Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20

If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck, and you were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42)


John Jamison
Object: A saltshaker, a stone, glue, salt, and a knife to scrape the stone. For the salt stone, I used a stone about the size of an apple, but you can use any size large enough to show. Many of the original ones would have been bigger. To make our salt stone, cover the stone with glue and then roll it in a pan of salt. Repeat that a few times until there is a visible coating of salt over at least part of the stone, and let it dry.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Praxis, the pixie who changed colour according to his feelings, was a bright and healthy pink. He looked so good and so happy with himself that everyone who saw him couldn't help smiling. The fact was, he'd been chosen for a very important job.


William W. Helland
Mark 9:38-50

Sue Anne Steffey Morrow
On a cold and dark March night during my first year at Princeton as assistant dean of the chapel, I left our little home on the edge of the campus to go back to my office. I had a lot of things to accomplish and imagined that the quiet and solitude of the office would be the best place to work. As I approached our office building, Murray-Dodge Hall, I was surprised to see that it was all lit up and I began to hear the sounds of a ruckus. I came through the door and into a lobby to the middle of an astonishing party, a celebration of some sort or another.
James R. Wilson
Call To Worship
Leader: Let all who would proclaim God's word gather now for worship!
People: For we live in a hostile world with many who would silence the Gospel.
Leader: And thus it has always been, as Satan would keep us from God's love.
People: But the Lord will not be defeated, and God's word will be heard.
Leader: Then let us commit our lives to proclaiming God's mercy and love.
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!


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