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
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
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.
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.
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
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.
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 Liturgy and Story
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