November 2, 2014
Matthew 5:1-12
1 John 3:1-3
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22

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Sermon for Proper 26 | OT 31
Priorities, energy and work | Sermon | 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
When my father was dying. he started to give away all his possessions. None of us, including him, knew at the time that he was dying. In fact although we knew he was ill, we didn't realise quite how ill he was. He was always a tidy and methodical person, but around that time he began to sort out all his business and to give things away with a wild abandon which I found quite refreshing to witness. Of course I didn't know he was dying, so I really admired the way in which he seemed to be able to cut all reliance on material things as though they were no longer important to him, and to reorganise his priorities and his values.... click here for the full sermon

Sermons and Stories for All Saints Day
Will the meek inherit the earth? | Sermon | Matthew 5:1-12
Every so often in our national press, there's a call for a return to the Ten Commandments, a call which is quite often mirrored within church congregations. Although the Ten Commandments were given by God long before the time of Jesus and Jesus gave us just two commandments to supercede and sum up the Ten Commandments, there's still a feeling that if only the world would return to observing the Ten Commandments all our troubles would be over.... click here for the full story

Everyone who does what is right is righteous | Sermon | 1 John 3:1-7
I watched highlights from the London Marathon on television just before Easter. As well as exceptionally good running from some of the world's top athletes, we saw huge numbers of people thoroughly enjoying themselves and having a lot of fun. Most of them were running to raise money for various charities, and millions of pounds was raised.... click here for the full story

Coming through the great ordeal | Sermon | Revelation 7:9-17
I grew up after the Second World War, when thoughts of the war were still very fresh in people's minds, but there had been sufficient time for the immediate horrors to begin to fade a little. Consequently the sort of children's literature which I read was full of references to bravery and courage, and the enemies were still Nazis, even though I had no idea what a Nazi was.... click here for the full story

John and Jane | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 5:1-12
At first sight the Sermon on the Mount may look obvious, but if we probe a little more deeply we can see that the sort of people Jesus advocates are not the sort of people who are valued in today's world.
      This story begins to explore that dichotomy, but attempts to show that John was by no means condemned because of his wealth -- he grew up to be a good man. The story is really trying to show that Jane grew up to be someone not valued by society, but definitely valued by God.... click here for the full story

Transforming God... | Intercession
Transforming God, this is scary stuff! Of course I want wine, I'm as much into enjoying myself as the next person. But it sounds like good wine might be expensive. I want your good wine, but I'm not sure I'm quite ready to relinquish all hold on my life. I'd love you to come in and take over, as long as I remain in ultimate charge.... click here for the full story

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.