July 24, 2016
Luke 11:1-13
Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19)
Genesis 18:20-32

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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Sermons and Stories for Proper 12 | OT 17 | Pentecost 10
Prayer | Sermon | Luke 11:1-13
Despite the fact that the Millennium celebrated 2000 years of Christianity, the cross, the central Christian symbol, didn't feature in the ill-fated Millennium Dome.... click here for the full sermon

Rooted, built up and established | Sermon | Colossians 2:6-15
Alison (Paul's wife), Norman (Steer) our Reader from here at Starston, and I recently attended an Alpha Conference at Holy Trinity Church, in Brompton, London.... click here for the full sermon

Bargaining with God? | Sermon | Genesis 18:20-32
When Moira's husband was killed in a car crash at the age of 35, Moira was understandably devastated. For days she was in shock and hardly knew what she was doing.... click here for the full sermon

Alice and the Angel | Children's Story | Luke 11:1-13
Alice was lying on her back on the grass gazing up at clouds meandering gently overhead when she first saw the angel. She suddenly became aware she wasn't alone....click here for the full sermon

Molly's Prayer | Children's Liturgy and Story | Luke 11:1-13
Even for people who take time out to be with God, prayer can be difficult, especially at times of stress. But if we have an armoury of different types of prayer, we can use them on different occasions - as Molly discovers in this story.... click here for the full liturgy and story

God, the center of my being... | Intercession
God, the centre of my being, when I think of you, praise spills from my lips. I wish I always acted as though you were my centre, for then perhaps your kingdom would be known here.... 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.