August 24, 2014
Matthew 16:13-20
Romans 12:1-8
Exodus 1:8--2:10

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 16 | OT 21 | Pentecost 11
Your challenge, your choice | Sermon | Matthew 16:13-20
What a challenge Jesus gave Peter in today's gospel reading. "What are they saying?" asks Jesus. "What's that talk? Who do people say I am?" And then he goes on to say, "And you. Who do you say I am?" And Peter responds... click here for the full sermon

Transformed, not conformed | Sermon | Romans 12:1-8
Reading the letter pages of the "Church Times" can be a depressing experience. I had two weeks to catch up on when I returned from holiday, but two week's worth of typical "Church Times" letters can be somewhat indigestible.... click here for the full sermon

Potential | Sermon | Exodus 1:8--2:10
This is a year for babies in our family. Nephews and nieces, sons and daughters are all producing offspring of their own, with all the attendant excitement that produces.... click here for the full sermon

The Turning Point | Children's Story | Matthew 16:13-20
One day, James Butler missed his stop. It was very unusual, for James Butler was a person of habit who always kept strictly to the same timetable. So much so, that the milkman, the postman and the paperboy all set their time by him.... click here for the full story

David's Moment Of Stupidity | Children's Liturgy and Story | Matthew 16:13-20
In this story, David does something really silly, but David's youth club leader retains his faith that David will grow up to be a strong and useful member of society.... click here for the full liturgy and story

Challenging God... | Intercession
Challenging God, life without much acknowledgement of you is so simple. It's often pleasant and comfortable, and you're always around when needed, so I can turn to you if things get hairy. Why should I even consider your challenges?... 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.