May 24, 2015
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Romans 8:22-27
Acts 2:1-11

Welcome to The Village Shepherd, where you can find hundreds of insightful sermons, imaginative children's stories, and intercessory prayers, all from the creative pen of Janice Scott ...

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Sermons and Stories for Pentecost
The Holy Spirit | Sermon | John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
As I recall, there was a mighty, rushing wind at the last Bank Holiday weekend. It didn't herald the coming of God quite as much as the coming of a mighty, rushing rain, and for many unfortunate people, substantial flooding. And it was accompanied by considerable power, for it uprooted and destroyed one of our laburnum trees.... click here for the full sermon

Pentecost | Sermon | Acts 2:1-21
The Oprah Winfrey television show started in 1986 and will continue until at least 2011 because Oprah signed a contract to that effect in 2004. It is broadcast daily and has a world-wide audience of millions in 108 countries.... click here for the full sermon

Simon and the Holy Spirit | Children's Story | John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
When he grew up, Simon was going to be a great football player. He had decided this at a very young age, as soon as he was big enough to kick a football. He practised and practised not only kicking his football, but controlling it with his feet.... click here for the full story

May The Force Go With You | Children's Liturgy and Story | John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
There is a huge interest in the supernatural in children's literature, which often talks about God without using the word, "God". In this story about the sudden work of the Holy Spirit, I've borrowed from Star Wars and called the Holy Spirit, the "Force".... click here for the full liturgy and story

Unexpected God... | Intercession
Unexpected God, whose Spirit was seen as a flame and was felt as a mighty wind, some parts of your Church are tightly closed to exclude draughts and strongly built to withstand fire.... 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.