June 26, 2016
Luke 9:51-62
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 8 | OT 13 | Pentecost 6
Rejection -- the cost of discipleship? | Sermon | Luke 9:51-62
The Church of England seems to hold an unlikely fascination for the media. Most weeks, the Church features in some article or other, however small.... click here for the full sermon

Freedom! | Sermon | Galatians 5:1, 13-25
I recently read a harrowing trilogy of books by Dave Pelzer. As a child, Dave Pelzer was extremely seriously abused by his mother, and the books are accounts of his experiences and his subsequent life.... click here for the full sermon

To obey or not to obey. That is the question. | Sermon | 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
A seventeen-year-old motorist was killed recently. He'd just passed his driving test and had taken possession of a brand new Mercedes, courtesy of his father.... click here for the full sermon

Cyril's Taste of Freedom | Children's Story | Luke 9:51-62
Cyril wormed his way through the soil to his brother Toby's side. "Toby," he pleaded, "tell me again what it's like out there."...click here for the full sermon

The Great Run | Children's Liturgy and Story | Luke 9:51-62
This is a story to explore the costs involved when one member of the family goes off and does his or her own thing. In a non-Christian family, similar costs may be involved in following Jesus.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Courageous and long-suffering God... | Intercession
Courageous and long-suffering God, Rejection is so hard to bear. The feeling of being unacceptable to other human beings is devastating. Courageous God,... 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.