August 3, 2014
Matthew 14:13-21
Romans 9:1-5
Genesis 32:22-31

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 13 | OT 18 | Pentecost 8
Nurture and care | Sermon | Matthew 14:13-21
We're off on holiday soon, travelling up to Northumberland to crash out for a while, just walking and sleeping and bumbling around. We're very much looking forward to it and we hope to make the most of our time off work.... click here for the full sermon

What use is a silver spoon? | Sermon | Romans 9:1-5
When I was younger I used to envy those who appeared to have been born with silver spoons in their mouths. They had everything going for them, they didn't want for anything, and their life-style always seemed to me to be exotic and sophisticated.... click here for the full sermon

Wrestling with God | Sermon | Genesis 32:22-31
Tom and Ben couldn't stand each other. They'd known each other for a very long time since they had been at school together years ago and had lived in the same village ever since. But they'd never hit it off. Unfortunately, being a village there was only one church, and Tom and Ben were both churchgoers.... click here for the full sermon

The Church Which Nearly Died | Children's Story | Matthew 14:13-21
"I think," said the Archdeacon, "the time may have come to close this Church. The cost of repairs would be something in the region of 100,000 pounds, and you only have 24 people on the electoral roll."
      The PCC was aghast.... click here for the full story

Feed My Sheep | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus first asked his disciples to feed the crowds, but they were unable to do so. They couldn't make use of the meagre resources which were offered. But when Jesus took a hand, those meagre resources were more than enough to feed everyone.
      This story is about a church which has meagre resources, but asks Jesus how they should manage them and then follows him.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Compassionate, caring and incredible God... | Intercession
Compassionate, caring and incredible God, my resources are pathetic. I'm not much good at prayer, or telling people about you, and I never feel very holy. I don't think I'm much use to you. You need deeply spiritual people, people who are on the way to being saints. Incredible God, you say you can use the little I have to offer and turn it into pure gold, but it's really hard to believe that. I can believe it of other people, but not of myself.... 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:
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  • 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)
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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.