July 5, 2015
Mark 6:1-13
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

Welcome to The Village Shepherd, where you can find hundreds of insightful sermons, imaginative children's stories, and intercessory prayers, all from the creative pen of Janice Scott ...

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 9 | OT 14
Who does he think he is? | Sermon | Mark 6:1-13
When I returned from my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land, it felt a bit like a jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces were there and almost in position, but had then just slotted into place.... click here for the full sermon

Whenever I am weak, then I am strong | Sermon | 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
I recently heard a Christian testimony. In some respects it was a moving account of the ways in which Jesus had worked in the speaker's life and it seemed to reveal a deep faith, but as a listener I was left feeling a little inadequate and slightly resentful.... click here for the full sermon

Consequences | Sermon | 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
As Newton's Third Law of Motion tells us, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This seems to be true in the field of human relationships as well as in the field of physics, although in the field of relationships sometimes the reaction may be a little more than equal.... click here for the full sermon

Praxis' Mother Has A Headache | Children's Story | Mark 6:1-13
Praxis' mother was uptight, which was unusual for her. Praxis glanced at her a little fearfully and feeling rather bewildered, for he didn't know why his mother was acting in this way. Then she noticed that his skin that was turning a little blue, and this made her crosser still.... click here for the full story

Maisie's Game | Children's Liturgy and Story | Mark 6:1-13
Just like prophets, some children are without honour in their own home. This is a story about Maisie, who was ridiculed by her family and made to feel as though she couldn't do anything, but who conquered in the end.... click here for the full liturgy and story

God of greatness and glory... | Intercession
God of greatness and glory, in my pipe-dreams I sometimes imagine myself receiving fame and homage! When I hear of those I knew and depised as a child actually reaching those heights, I can't help my jealousy and sour resentment.... 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
For just $29.95 for a one-year subscription, you can access this entire treasure trove of valuable sermon material and sermon resources. And our convenient search engine enables you to quickly find exactly what you need -- all the rich content of The Village Shepherd can be searched by scripture or keyword, as well as by the lectionary calendar.

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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.