October 26, 2014
Matthew 22:34-46
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Deuteronomy 34:1-12

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 25 | OT 30 | Pentecost 20
What is love? | Sermon | Matthew 22:34-46
John Humphrys, the radio and television journalist of forty years' experience, has written a book, "Devil's Advocate", in which he analyses the problems we face in our society today. He looks at the all-powerful media, the endless diet of dumbed-down television, the growth of vast shopping malls promising instant gratification... click here for the full sermon

Encouragement or bald truth? | Sermon | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
We Christians, especially in the Church of England, tend to be quite good at making the best of what might be considered by some to be a bad job. On the whole, many of our congregations are diminishing, some small village churches have closed for lack of support, and others feel themselves to be teetering on the brink of extinction because so few attend services.... click here for the full sermon

Is It Fair? | Sermon | Deuteronomy 34:1-12
There is a church on the top of Mount Nebo in Jordan, which is visited by many tourists and pilgrims. The church is built over the site of the place where God spoke to Moses and showed him the Promised Land, which Moses had travelled so long to find.... click here for the full sermon

Dominic’s Tree | Children's Story | Matthew 22:34-46
Dominic Owl lived in a big, old oak tree, right in the middle of the wood. He hadn't lived there very long, because he was only a baby owl. He loved that big old oak tree, and best all he loved to perch on its broadest branch and watch his mother as she skimmed silently over the tree tops searching the ground for Dominic's next meal.... click here for the full story

The Neighbours From Hell | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 22:34-46
Jesus stressed the huge importance of learning to love God. But we Christians have often stressed the huge importance of loving our neighbours, forgetting that this is not the first commandment but the follow-up. In this story, James discovers that he can only love his neighbours with God's help.... click here for the full liturgy and story

God of love, I find it almost impossible to really love outside my own family... | Intercession
God of love, I find it almost impossible to really love outside my own family. I can care, and I can give the appearance of loving concern, and I can like, but I don't really love. And love is so confusing. When I meet someone to whom I'm enormously attracted and whom I like very much, is the turmoil of emotions I experience, love?... 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.