August 2, 2015
John 6:24-35
Ephesians 4:1-16
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 13 | OT 18
Food, glorious food! | Sermon | John 6:24-35
I recently spent a week in the Western Highlands of Scotland, where the scenery is breathtaking. I marvelled yet again at this God of love, who not only creates a functional world to abundantly support human life, but who also makes that world incredibly beautiful.... click here for the full sermon

A life worthy of the calling | Sermon | Ephesians 4:1-16
Some years ago, I was privileged to spend a long time talking to and listening to a young man who showed up on my doorstep one day in some distress.... click here for the full sermon

Shameful Realisation | Sermon | 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
God must receive a lot of apologies. In the Church of England we constantly apologise for God for our sin or evil or wickedness. We apologise in every church service, but I suspect that half the time we really don't know or much care what we are apologising for.... click here for the full sermon

Tony's Experiment | Children's Story | John 6:24-35
"Do you want a sandwich?" asked Tony's mum. Tony was eyeing the cake, but he thought it was unlikely his mother would let him have any cake until he'd eaten a sandwich or two.... click here for the full story

Tim Wants More | Children's Liturgy and Story | John 6:24-35
Many people go through life feeling vaguely dissatisfied. They usually think this is because they want more - more material benefits, more money, a better house, etc - but actually it's because their soul is yearning for God. This is a story about Tim who wanted more, but eventually was nourished by the Bread of Life.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Bread of life, I'm so hungry... | Intercession
Bread of life, I'm so hungry. But I've learned to be picky with my food. I like this and I don't like that, and I don't seem to care whether or not it feeds me. Bread of life, give me a taste for bread.... 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.