February 14, 2016
Luke 4:1-13
Romans 10:8b-13
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

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Sermons and Stories for Lent 1
The nature of temptation | Sermon | Luke 4:1-13
I've never been very clear about the difference between temptation and sin. Probably because I never seem to see temptation. It's only when I look back that I become aware how wrongly things have developed, how I've drifted off the path.... click here for the full sermon

Constant protection and shining health | Sermon | Romans 10:8b-13
Every time I turn on my television I see adverts for face creams to reduce signs of aging, alcohol to lead me to a more exciting and fun life, holidays where I'll be fully relaxed because life is so good... click here for the full sermon

Thanking God Appropriately | Sermon | Deuteronomy 26:1-11
As a young and relatively newly qualified physiotherapist, I was privileged to treat an elderly, retired doctor who had suffered a severe stroke. He was paralysed down one side of his body and his speech was affected.... click here for the full sermon

The Big City | Children's Story | Luke 4:1-13
When Tracy was going on fifteen, her family decided to move to the city from the sleepy market town where Tracy had lived all her life. Tracy was so excited she could hardly wait.... click here for the full sermon

Praxis And The Mushrooms | Children's Liturgy and Story | Luke 4:1-13
Sometimes it's difficult to spot temptation and by the time we begin to realise what's happening, we're deep in sin. This is a cautionary tale about Praxis, the pixie who changes colour according to his moods. He succumbs to temptation without really being aware of what he's doing, and puts other people in danger. But despite his sinfulness, the Wise Old Pixie goes on loving him.... click here for the full liturgy and story

God of love and forgiveness... | Intercession
God of love and forgiveness, why did you put the tree in the garden if human beings were forbidden to touch it? Why did you create human beings to have such weak wills? Was it just to test humanity, to try our strength?... click here for the full prayer

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.

For every Sunday in all three cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary, you'll find:
  • Sermons based on the Gospel readings
  • Sermons based on the Epistle readings
  • Children's stories linked with the Gospel readings (most are original, through some are adaptations of old Christian legends or Bible stories)
  • A group of intercessory prayers for your worship service
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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.