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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 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A

Sermon

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The earthquake which hit the mountain village of San Giuliano di Puglia in Italy had devastating results when the local school collapsed. Twenty six children and three adults died in the rubble of the only building in the entire village to be completely demolished by the earthquake.

In hindsight some officials are saying that the effects of the earthquake on the school could have been anticipated, and other officials are blaming extensions to the school which they say were too heavy for it. But to those children and their teachers and their parents, the earthquake came like a thief in the night. It was very sudden and unexpected; completely out of the blue. And it brought heart-breaking destruction in its wake.

Sermon

Matthew 25:14-30

Richard Branson launched his first business in 1969, at the age of nineteen. He started with mail-order in discount records, opening his first shop in London just two years later in 1971, under the name Virgin. We all know what's happened since.

Robert Maxwell came to England penniless, as a Czech refugee, but made millions in the publishing industry. Of course, it all then went wrong for Maxwell who became corrupted by his power and his wealth, but even that can't detract from his huge achievements upto that time.

Sermon

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

When we first discovered that there was oil beneath the North Sea in 1965, it was a cause for great rejoicing in the UK, with a rich prospect of economic growth. The first oil was brought ashore ten years later, although of course, we all knew the oil would run dry one day. By the early 80s we were a net exporter of oil, but by 2001 production had peaked. The North Sea oil fields are now in slow decline, although they are expected to last for perhaps another fifty years.

ASPO, the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, suggest that the key date for us all is not when the oil runs out, but when production peaks, meaning that supplies begin to decline. We have already reached that point, here in the UK.

Intercession

Matthew 25:14-30

Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

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.

Children's Story

Matthew 25:14-30

Jack had a huge plastic bag full of conkers. He spent the whole of one evening with a skewer boring a hole in the conkers and threading each one on a piece of string. When he went to school next day he spent every spare minute in the playground playing conkers with his friends. He lost quite a few to start with, but he soon became very proficient, and watched with delight as his opponents' conkers gradually smashed and disappeared.

Children's Liturgy and Story

Matthew 25:14-30

Call to Worship:

Jesus has given each of us various talents and expects us to be faithful in developing and exercising those talents. In our worship today let us ask God to help us discover our own talents and to guide us in how we should use them.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes I feel that I'm not good at anything.
Lord, have mercy.

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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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Dean Feldmeyer
George Reed
Ron Love
Mary Austin
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable that on the surface seems like a first-century investment seminar. Two slaves wisely invest the wealth they have been tasked with overseeing, and are commended for their efforts in producing more talents. The third, however, is gripped by fear -- and worried about losing the principal, guards its safety by burying it in the ground. But his approach is harshly judged by his master, who notes that at the very least he should have put it in the bank.

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Arley K. Fadness
“well done, good and trustworthy slave...” (v. 23b)

Good morning boys and girls,

Thanks for joining me today.  I love it when you come with happy eager faces to listen to God's word.

Did you know that God created you beautiful? God did. God created you and me beautiful in God's image. And one thing that being created in God's image means is that God placed one or more precious jewels inside of you. We call them gifts and talents.

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Keith Hewitt
Frank Ramirez
Contents
"A Certain Lack of Strategy" by Keith Hewitt
"My Quaking Heart" by Frank Ramirez


A Certain Lack of Strategy
by Keith Hewitt
Matthew 25:14-30

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Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
Judges 4:1-7
Mark Ellingsen
As we come to the end of the Pentecost season with Thanksgiving on the horizon, it is appropriate that this Sunday focuses on the theme of our response to God’s goodness.

Judges 4:1-7

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Jack had a huge plastic bag full of conkers. He spent the whole of one evening with a skewer boring a hole in the conkers and threading each one on a piece of string. When he went to school next day he spent every spare minute in the playground playing conkers with his friends. He lost quite a few to start with, but he soon became very proficient, and watched with delight as his opponents' conkers gradually smashed and disappeared.

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Dallas A. Brauninger
First Lesson: Judges 4:1-7
Theme: Judge

Call To Worship

Like Deborah, the Israelite judge, we are called upon to reflect, to discuss, and to make decisions that lead to action. We have heard that we should not judge lest we be judged. However, there is a time for judgment when we are asked and after we have deliberated. Come, let us worship God.

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