May 28, 2017
John 17:1-11
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Acts 1:6-14

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Sermons and Stories for Easter 7
Prayer beyond stress | Sermon | John 17:1-11
Some years ago we had a family holiday in Wales. From the Eastern most part of East Anglia to the Western side of North Wales is a very long way. It happened to be a blazing hot Bank Holiday weekend, so I need hardly describe the traffic or the journey.... click here for the full sermon

Cast all your anxiety upon him | Sermon | 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
I've worked with a number of priests in my time, and often wondered how some of them are able to sleep at night. Some of the problems that arise in parishes....click here for the full sermon

Anything can happen | Sermon | Acts 1:6-14
It's always interesting to ask children whether they have any idea of what they will do with their lives. Some are very sure and answer immediately, saying that they will become a nurse or a doctor or a teacher or whatever they have set their heart on.... click here for the full sermon

The Hermit in the Woods | Children's story | John 17:1-11
Old Jack lived in a caravan in the woods. It was a derelict sort of caravan, and pretty bare inside. Everybody knew Jack, but most people left him alone since his caravan was deep in the woods and required a long walk to reach it.... click here for the full story

Poor Polly Pea | Children's liturgy and story | John 17:1-11
As we move towards Trinity Sunday, our Bible readings become more difficult to understand. If Jesus and the Father are one, are they the same person? If they are separate individuals, how can Jesus be God since we believe in only one God, not two Gods?... click here for the full story

Understanding God... | Intercession
Understanding God, you learned to deal with stress so well that it didn't ruin your life. You learned to constantly step back and find your own space so that you were recharged and replenished and re-invigorated.... 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:
  • 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.