May 1, 2016
John 5:1-9
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Ezekiel 37:1-14

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Sermons and Stories for Easter 6
The danger of half-truths | Sermon | John 5:1-9
There was some interesting correspondence in 'The Times' a few years ago, concerning their serialisation of parts of "Cries Unheard", the book by Gitta Sereny about Mary Bell, who thirty-odd years ago, at the age of eleven, murdered two small boys.... click here for the full sermon

There's something about water | Sermon | Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
There's something about water. Now that audiotapes and CDs for relaxation and healing are quite common, many of them contain the sound of trickling water, or perhaps of waves pounding the beach.... click here for the full sermon

God's breath | Sermon | Ezekiel 37:1-14
I read an article recently about the spiritual life of people with mental health problems (The Bible in Transmission [Bible Society], Spring 2004, page 14, by Rt. Revd. Professor Stephen Sykes, MA). In it, Stephen Sykes notes... click here for the full sermon

Jenny and the Missing Calculator | Children's Story | John 5:1-9
Jenny was having fun. Her friend Martha had brought a graphical calculator into school. Martha had borrowed the calculator from her older here for the full sermon

You Can Do It, Emily! | Children's Liturgy and Story | John 5:1-9
The paralysed man didn't have the confidence or ability to get well until he met Jesus. Jesus told him to get up and walk - and he did. Because Emily was fat, she hadn't the confidence to do anything until an inner voice told her to get on with it.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Healing God... | Intercession
Sometimes I'm afraid of your glance, for it's like a scimitar which slices straight through me to the depths of my being, to those parts I'd like to keep hidden and undisturbed.... 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.