April 2, 2017
John 11:1-45
Romans 8:6-11
Ezekiel 37:1-14

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Sermons and Stories for Lent 5
The resurrection and the life | Sermon | John 11:1-45
I took a funeral last year where a close relative of the deceased came up to chat with me after the burial. He began to relate to me an experience he'd had, some years previously, where he himself had "died" in a serious motor-bike accident.... click here for the full sermon

Who controls your mind? | Sermon | Romans 8:6-11
I once took the funeral of a drug addict. His mother was distraught at his death and told me how he was a very intelligent lad who had gone to college. But it was at college that he first started smoking cannabis, and he was never able to stop....click here for the full sermon

Land rights | Sermon | Ezekiel 37:1-14
For centuries, an Englishman's home has been regarded as his castle. In other words, an Englishman has the right to defend his own property against any who would abuse it in any way. But in recent years this concept has been challenged and it seems that legally, the concept is nothing like as clear-cut now as it always appeared to be.... click here for the full sermon

After Grandma Died | Children's story | John 11:1-45
Death is difficult for anyone to understand and accept, and particularly difficult for children who usually have little concept of time. In this story Anita is angry with God, because her beloved Grandma has died.... click here for the full story

Jonquil's Daffodils | Children's liturgy and story | John 11:1-45
This is a difficult story to understand in the context of today's modern living. Perhaps we need to be careful to avoid giving children the impression that if they pray to Jesus, Grandma who died last week will come back to life again. Today's story is therefore not about the death of a person, but is a story about coming back to life in a different way.... click here for the full story

God of the living... | Intercession
God of the living, it isn't always easy to believe in life after death. My senses tell me that if you exist, then some sort of existence beyond this present one isn't beyond the bounds of possibility.... click here for the full sermon

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:
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  • 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)
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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.