October 18, 2015
Mark 10:35-45
Hebrews 5:1-10
Job 38:1-7 (34-41)

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 24 | OT 29
God is different | Sermon | Mark 10:35-45
A quick glance through the national paper will show you that all over the world, evil abounds. And even the local paper, serving just this small area of rural East Anglia, always has a page or two devoted to the latest crimes to hit us.... click here for the full sermon

God's Justice | Sermon | Hebrews 5:1-10
One thing which perhaps separates humans from other animals, is our sense of justice. According to the documentaries I see on television, other animals seem to be driven by basic needs such as hunger, survival and sex.... click here for the full sermon

A different agenda | Sermon | Job 38:1-7 (34-41)
When I watched the highly acclaimed film, "The Queen", which dealt mainly with the Queen's reaction to Princess Diana's death and its aftermath, I was struck by the difference between the agenda of the Royal family and the agenda of the public.... click here for the full sermon

The White Bib | Children's Story | Mark 10:35-45
Clarence was always very particular, even as a fledging only just out of the nest. He happened to have been born with an especially large and beautifully radiant white bib... click here for the full story

Paddy's Prayer | Children's Liturgy and Story | Mark 10:35-45
Like James and John, we often have no idea of the right requests to make to God. Sometimes we limit God's power by making our requests too specific, and then we feel disappointed because God hasn't answered our prayers exactly as we wished. This is a story about Paddy, who desperately needed a friend.... click here for the full liturgy and story

God of Creation... | Intercession
God of Creation, when strange or radical ideas are expressed, sometimes your Church finds it difficult to believe that they might come from you. When we are in danger of allowing tradition to dictate our agenda... 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
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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.