April 27, 2014
John 20:19-31
1 Peter 1:3-9
Acts 2:14a, 22-32

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Sermons and Stories for Easter 2
The value of doubt | Sermon | John 20:19-31
Several years ago, 38 members of the "Heaven's Gate" religious cult in California drank poison in order to keep an engagement with an alien space-ship which they believed to be flying in the tail of the Hale-Bopp comet. They believed they'd originally come from the space-ship to reside on earth for a time, but were going on to a higher destiny somewhere on a higher plane.... click here for the full sermon

Are you a swimmer or a toe-dipper? | Sermon | 1 Peter 1:3-9
There have been a number of adverts on television over recent months, warning against Benefit fraud. One scene has shown a hairdresser arriving late for work, because she'd been picking up the dole money before going straight on to her job.... click here for the full sermon

Making sense of it | Sermon | Acts 2:14
It was a big church which was growing. There were lots of exciting things going on midweek and the Sunday services were packed to overflowing, because they were so bright and such fun. Lots of families from the council estate attended and the local school noticed a marked improvement in its pupils' behaviour.... click here for the full sermon

Thomas and the Cave | Children's Story | John 20:19-31
Thomas had never seen his friends so excited. Peter's eyes were shining, and he could hardly contain his impatience. John was always quieter than Peter, but even he seemed full of barely suppressed eagerness. They were both tugging at Thomas, while at the same time dancing round him.... click here for the full sermon

When Simon's Dad Went Away | Children's Liturgy and Story | John 20:19-31
It is difficult to have peace inside ourselves if we are full of doubts. The implication of today's story is that the gathered disciples received Jesus' peace, but that Thomas was not at peace because he was unable to believe. But once he had met the risen Christ, he too was filled with peace.... click here for the full story

Risen God... | Intercession
Risen God, we pray for scholars within your Church. Open our hearts to listen to our theologians and to respect their findings. Help us to avoid condemning new ideas from motives of fear or outrage, but to carefully examine new theories and new evidence.... click here for the full story

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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.

For every Sunday in all three cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary, you'll find:
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Reverend Janice Scott

Janice Scott is the Rural Dean of Redenhall Deanery, covering 32 parishes in South Norfolk, England. Her introduction to the Norfolk area came in 1999 when she received an e-mail from someone in a country parish, pleading for a priest. The writer turned out to be nine years old. As a result of that e-mail she became rector of six small country parishes in rural Norfolk, where she resides today.

Her career as a priest began in 1994 when she was ordained at Norwich Cathedral with the first group of women clergy in the UK.

In addition to her parish duties and writing The Village Shepherd, Rev. Janice Scott is a freelance writer for Redemptorist publications in the UK. She also broadcasts a "Pause for Thought" on a local radio station.