January 22, 2016
Matthew 4:12-23
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Isaiah 9:1-4

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Sermons and Stories for Epiphany 3 | OT 3
The difficulties of letting go | Sermon | Matthew 4:12-23
I remember years ago watching an old film, which I think was "The Nun's Story." The young nun who was the heroine of the story had all sorts of difficulties in relationships with the other nuns. The problem was that she was super-intelligent, and the other nuns resented her.... click here for the full sermon

Follow my leader? | Sermon | 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
There are always difficulties in Christian ministry, at whichever level you're involved in it, from church cleaner to the Archbishop of Canterbury. There's always someone who'll find fault, and if like the Archbishop, you're a subject of media interest, then I should imagine Christian ministry can be very difficult indeed and perhaps something of a burden.... click here for the full sermon

From darkness to light | Sermon | Isaiah 49:1-7
The British weather is renowned for its diversity and therefore is always a good conversation starter. "Nice day!" we say to passing strangers in this part of rural England, whenever the sun shines.... click here for the full sermon

Jenni's Patrol | Children's Story | Matthew 4:12-23
Jenni was very excited. It was Guides tonight, and she was Patrol Leader. She'd been a Guide for three years now, and was the oldest member of her patrol, although Ruth was only a month or two younger....click here for the full sermon

Wind, Clouds And Sun | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 4:12-23
It's difficult to know just what "following Jesus" means in the 21st century. Does it mean denying 21st century life in order to keep ourselves pure? Or does it mean engaging with 21st century life and trying to work out some sort of integrity for ourselves? This story attempts to begin to explore these themes in a very simple way....click here for the full liturgy and story

God of Humility... | Intercession
God of humility, When your active life was taken away and you hung passively and painfully on a cross, you bore it in humility and witnessed through your the nature of your being. Help me to realise that there is more to me than my work or my position, that the nature of my being matters to you... click here for the full sermon

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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:
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  • Sermons based on the Epistle readings
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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.