March 29, 2015
Mark 11:1-11
Philippians 2:5-11
Isaiah 50:4-9a

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Sermons and Stories for Palm/Passion Sunday
Is he the Messiah? | Sermon | Mark 11:1-11
I started experiencing difficulties with the concept of truth in my childhood. At first truth had seemed to be absolute, but as I grew older it began to appear to be more fluid.... click here for the full sermon

He emptied himself... | Sermon | Philippians 2:5-11
The postman regularly delivers a lot of junk mail to our house, but thoughtfully bundles it together with a rubber band. This means that we gain several thick, strong rubber bands each week.... click here for the full sermon

The strength and beauty of suffering | Sermon | Isaiah 50:4-9a
I haven't seen "The Passion" -- the latest film about the crucifixion, directed by Mel Gibson. I probably never will, as I find the publicity about it extremely off-putting.... click here for the full sermon

Riding on a Donkey | Children's Story | Mark 11:1-11
I hadn't long been born when I first saw my mother being savagely beaten by a man with a stick. She was weak after my birth, but the man wanted to ride her.... click here for the full story

Jesus our King | Children's Liturgy and Story | Mark 11:1-11
The Messiah wasn't as the people expected, but he was a king nonetheless. This is the story of a small boy who takes part in the very first Palm Sunday procession.... click here for the full liturgy and story

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.