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.
Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
He killed one of the two burglars, who turned out to be a sixteen-year-old lad, and after trial was sent to prison where he served a life sentence for murder. As part of his defence, the farmer claimed that he had no confidence in the police force. He said they were stretched so thinly in the countryside that there was no chance of them ever arriving on time, and therefore he was forced to defend himself.
1 John 3:16-24
That boy gave his life for his brother in every sense of the words. He acted instinctively, and from what people said afterwards, his instinct was a reflection of his life. He had been well loved, full of fun, and someone who cared about others.
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.
And then he prayed. Every night before he went to sleep he closed his eyes and said, "Please God, make me win the race."
Children's Liturgy and Story
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. If you want to know him, listen to his voice today.
Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes we fail to hear your voice.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes we wilfully ignore your voice.
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes we wander far from the fold.
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