April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43

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Sermons and Stories for Easter
Experiencing resurrection | Sermon | Matthew 28:1-10
I wonder whether Jesus knew there would be a glorious resurrection when he hung there nailed to cross? Through all that pain and sadness and suffering, did he know things would be all right in the end? Was there a hint of resurrection to come? Or was the agony of it all made even worse by the conviction that this was the end, that even God had deserted him - "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"... click here for the full sermon

How many marbles do you have? | Sermon | Acts 10:34-43
Today is a day tinged with sadness for the whole nation, because even as we meet to celebrate Easter Day, we mourn the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. And yet in a way, Easter is such a fitting time to die because Easter brings so much hope to the whole of humanity.... click here for the full sermon

Everything changes | Sermon | Jeremiah 31:1-6
In the film, "Man Dancin'", one of the conditions of Jimmy's parole from prison is that he attends anger management classes. Brought up in the slums of Glasgow, Jimmy is a very angry person whose response to any problem is violence. As it happens, the anger management classes are run by the local priest, who does a deal with Jimmy.... click here for the full sermon

Jack's Hen | Children's Story | Matthew 28:1-10
Jack was grief stricken. His favourite hen had died. Jack didn't know quite what had happened to Polly, he had simply discovered her one morning shortly before Easter, a broken bunch of feathers. Jack's Mum wondered whether a fox had got into the little hen run, as there were signs of blood and a few scattered feathers.... click here for the full sermon

Ahmed's Gift | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 28:1-10
Resurrection is about bringing something new and better out of the ashes and pain of destruction. This is as true in this life as it is in life after death.... click here for the full story

Risen God... | Intercession
Risen God, you loved human beings so much that when they wanted to kill you, you let them. And you still went on loving them and forgiving them. When I drive the nails into your hands and your feet by my attitudes and my arrogance and my lack of love, please forgive me.... 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.