March 8, 2015
John 2:13-22
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Exodus 20:1-17

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Sermons and Stories for Lent 3
How Christian is violence? | Sermon | John 2:13-22
When my children first started school, many years ago now, I was quickly faced with one of the dilemmas perhaps all parents face. These tiny children, whom we'd carefully nurtured at home for four and a half years... click here for the full sermon

How intelligent is intelligence? | Sermon | 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
There once was a report in "The Sunday Times" about the claims of Francis Crick to have located "the cells of our soul." Fifty years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson won a Nobel prize for their discovery of the DNA double helix... click here for the full sermon

Laws for life | Sermon | Exodus 20.1-4,7-9,12-20
The psychologist Scott Peck begins his famous best-seller, "The Road Less Travelled" with the immortal words, "Life is difficult." That simple statement has been a revelation to many of Scott Peck's readers, for it has brought them a sense of freedom.... click here for the full sermon

Justin's Dilemma | Children's Story | John 2:13-22
Justin sighed. It was time for yet another rugby lesson, and he hated playing rugby. He didn't really like any kinds of sport, but rugger was worse than most. It felt to Justin much like a glorified punch-up, and he didn't like to fight.... click here for the full story

Praxis Gets Rich | Children's Liturgy and Story | John 2:13-22
If your church sells cards or booklets, or offers coffee at the end of the service, this reading could be disturbing for children. So it's important to explain that Jesus was angry with people because of their motives of greed, and because they oppressed other people in order to make themselves rich. This story about Praxis the colourful pixie attempts to explore some of those themes.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Unpredictable God... | Intercession
Unpredictable God, to us humans, unpredictability is frightening. Sometimes you're terrifying, especially in those Old Testament stories, then again you're gentle and loving and kind and tell me even the hairs on my head are numbered. So do I love you or fear you?... 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.