February 1, 2015
Mark 1:21-28
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Deuteronomy 18:15-20

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 Epiphany 4 | OT 4
Unclean spirit to Holy Spirit -- a miraculous change | Sermon | Mark 1:21-28
A couple of weeks or so ago Ludovik Kennedy started an article in The Times with the following words: "Churches in England, we read in The Times, are 'bleeding to death'. A great deal of ink has been spent analysing the Church's wounds, self-inflicted or not. But why do we bother trying to keep it alive when we know that God is dead?"... click here for the full sermon

The Foolishness of the Cross | Sermon | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
I recently watched a televised tribute to Dame Judi Dench, who really is an outstanding actress. She'd been selected for a special BAFTA award, so it was a glittering occasion gathering in the great from around the world.... click here for the full sermon

The Prophet | Sermon | Deuteronomy 18:15-20
The hypnotist Paul McKenna is a man of extraordinary capabilities. "The Times" has named him as one of the world's leading modern gurus. He has worked with Olympic gold medalists and world champion sports people, top business achievers... click here for the full sermon

Dragon Fire | Children's Story | Mark 1:21-28
Dominic Dragon lived in a cave in the Welsh hills. He lived alone, and rarely ventured out of his cave, except when he was hungry or wanted some fun. Both of those events revolved around fire.... click here for the full story

Inclusive God... | Intercession
Inclusive God, your Church should be a place where all are welcome, where all are loved into the Kingdom. Yet we have black churches and white churches, youth churches and churches which only have the elderly, churches which attract the wealthy and churches which attract the poor.... 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.