September 7, 2014
Matthew 18:15-20
Romans 13:8-14
Exodus 12:1-14

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 18 | OT 23 | Pentecost 13
Every member ministry -- and judgment? | Sermon | Matthew 18:15-20
Here in England, despite being constantly told of the drop in church attendance, the Church continues to be headline news whenever there's the slightest hint of anything going wrong. So there are unedifying stories of vicars who have affairs with parishioners, or vicars embroiled in rows which split the church, or vicars.... click here for the full sermon

Rising to the heights of love | Sermon | Romans 13:8-14
Over the sombre weeks of this recent summer in which two little girls were murdered in a quiet Cambridgeshire village, we've been shocked into thinking about our children and their safety.... click here for the full sermon

Passing Over | Sermon | Exodus 12:1-14
At the moment it is a difficult time for young people to get work. It seems especially difficult for those who have gone on to further education at university but who have taken a general degree and who haven't trained for any specific job.... click here for the full sermon

Why doesn't it work? | Children's Story | Matthew 18:15-20
They were huddled together leaning against straw stacks in a corner of the old barn, where they wouldn't be disturbed. They each had their eyes tightly shut, and were keeping their hands held firmly together.... click here for the full story

The Delivery | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 16:21-28
We may never know what difference our prayers make. But if we all pray together for whatever is right, we can be sure that God will keep his promise and respond to our prayer. In this story, Jethro is supported by the prayers of the people back home.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Compassionate God... | Intercession
Compassionate God, you are so much more understanding and forgiving and compassionate than I am. When people deliberately flout the most basic rules and bring the Church into disrepute, I feel angry and hurt and humiliated and indignant all at the same time.... 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.