April 26, 2015
John 10:11-18
1 John 3:16-24
Acts 4:5-12

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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The Good Shepherd | Sermon | John 10:11-18
We used to live in a house which was over 100 years old, and had once been a school, and the tale was told that from time to time you could hear children crying up in the loft where the dormitories had been.... click here for the full sermon

Unconditional love in action | Sermon | 1 John 3:16-24
In the winter gales in Norfolk earlier this year, a young boy was out walking the dog with his brother and sister. They were walking in a wood, when to his horror the boy noticed a huge tree about to topple onto his brother.... click here for the full sermon

Winston's Race | Children's Story | John 10:11-18
Winston was determined to win the race. It was partly because he wanted to be a fast runner, and partly because with a name like Winston you felt you ought to win something.... click here for the full story

Dandy's Choice | Children's Liturgy and Story | John 10:11-18
Children have romantic ideas of adventure and excitement, but rarely see the cost behind the sacrifice of a life. This is a very simple story about Dandy, who gave up her life but discovered something wonderful.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Good Shepherd, the image of you with a lamb... | Intercession
Good Shepherd, the image of you with a lamb draped around your shoulders is a tenderly caring image, especially if I'm the lamb!... 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.