September 28, 2014
Matthew 21:23-32
Philippians 2:1-13
Exodus 17:1-7

Welcome to The Village Shepherd, where you can find hundreds of insightful sermons, imaginative children's stories, and intercessory prayers, all from the creative pen of Janice Scott ...

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 21 | OT 26 | Pentecost 16
A question of authority | Sermon | Matthew 21:23-32
Back in my days as a student physiotherapist, I remember the problems we students had when a student from the year above qualified as a physiotherapist and was then in a supervisory role over the rest of us.... click here for the full sermon

Humility -- or a lack of self-worth? | Sermon | Philippians 2:1-13
I recently heard a story about a lorry driver who stopped at a roadside cafe for his tea. He was just tucking into his beefburger and chips when the door of the cafe opened and three motor cyclists swaggered in, dressed in their leathers and clearly spoiling for a fight.... click here for the full sermon

Living Water in the Desert | Sermon | Exodus 17:1-7
We've had a variety of filter jugs over the years. They are all based on the same principle, a chemical centre which removes any impurities from the tap water passing through it.... click here for the full sermon

Double Trouble | Children's Story | Matthew 21:23-32
Double Trouble was the smallest of the litter of puppies. He was also the most mischievous. When the old lady saw him, she couldn't resist the way his ears flopped over his face or the way his tail wagged incessantly.... click here for the full story

Rory's Bark | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 21:23-32
In this story, Rory the dog listens to his inner authority and through this, saves lives.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Loving and tolerant God... | Intercession
Loving and tolerant God, you make my choices so simple and straightforward, but I generally try to complicate the issues. Perhaps that's my way of avoiding the starkness of your choices.... 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.