October 2, 2016
Luke 17:5-10
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

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Faith is like good cheese or good wine, it matures gradually | Sermon | Luke 17:5-10
Some years ago we had a wonderful Diocesan Conference. Five hundred people from the diocese, about half of them clergy and the other half laity, spent the weekend at Nottingham University. The topic for the weekend was "God Matters".... click here for the full sermon

Being good, or being yourself? | Sermon | 2 Timothy 1:1-14
A renegade priest was recently convicted in court of stealing thousands of pounds from the PCC of his church. I was astonished that so much money could go missing without the PCC noticing!... click here for the full sermon

Where were you, God? | Sermon | Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
In the terrible tragedy of the Russian school siege at Beslan, where terrorists held hostage an entire school complete with tiny children on their first day at school, the world asked, "Where was God?" It's a fair question.... click here for the full sermon

Alice's Ambition | Children's Story | Luke 17:5-10
Alice loved ballet. She'd been given a ballet video for her birthday, and she spent hours watching it. When she'd been attending ballet classes for three weeks, she announced to the assembled family that she was going to be a ballet dancer when she grew up....click here for the full sermon

The Apple Pip | Children's Liturgy and Story | Luke 17:5-10
A mustard seed is about the size of a grain of rice, but grows into a tree large enough and leafy enough to offer shade. We only need about as much faith as grain of rice to make all the difference to our lives. In this story, Toby Mouse and Fluffy Cat doubt each other, with sad consequences....click here for the full liturgy and story

God of the highest heavens... | Intercession
God of the highest heavens, I expect so much of myself. I want to develop more faith and more love and to be more prayerful and closer to you, but I fail miserably. God, I can't do it! ... 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.