October 30, 2016
Luke 6:20-31
Luke 19:1-10
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Isaiah 1:10-18

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Sermons and Stories for Proper 26 | OT 31 | Pentecost 24
Meeting with Jesus requires me to be real | Sermon | Luke 19:1-10
I met a young man recently who'd been thrown out of the local church youth club for constantly being drunk and disruptive. But he wouldn't go away. He'd hang about outside the church hall and shout abuse at anyone going in or coming out. When the youth club leader tried to reason with him, he hit her.... click here for the full sermon

Harsh words | Sermon | 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
I watched my very first horror film at the age of sixteen. I went to the pictures on a date and watched Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". I was so utterly terrified, that the image of the woman being knifed in the shower stayed with me for years... click here for the full sermon

Even though you make many prayers, I will not listen. . . | Sermon | Isaiah 1:10-18
There is a lot of angst in the Anglican Church at the moment. The Episcopal Church in America has ordained an openly gay bishop while the rest of the world throws up its hands in horror, and the Church of England is about to reopen the agonies over the ordination of women.... click here for the full sermon

Philip's Ears | Children's Story | Luke 19:1-10
Philip first realised there was something odd about himself when he was quite young. He remembered the incident well. He was out in the park with his Mum, playing on the swings when he overheard two ladies talking. They were right over on the edge of the park, but Philip had been blessed with very acute hearing....click here for the full sermon

David And Jonathan, Best Friends | Children's Liturgy and Story | Luke 19:1-10
The Old Testament story of the friendship between David and Jonathan is a great tale of loyal friends. Jesus didn't just take pity on Zaccheus, he made friends with him. This means that Jesus was as committed to Zaccheus as David was committed to Jonathan. True friendship is friendship with no strings attached, which remains committed and loyal under all circumstances....click here for the full liturgy and story

All-seeing and all-knowing God... | Intercession
All-seeing and all-knowing God, you know what is in my heart. You see through the facade I wear to fool other people, and you even see through the facade I wear to fool myself.... click here for the full prayer

Sermons and Stories for All Saints Day
Are the poor really blessed? | Sermon | Luke 6:20-31
The Roman Catholic Church's canonisation of Edith Stein some years ago, fuelled considerable controversy. Edith Stein was born and bred into a Jewish family, becoming a Roman Catholic Christian at the age of 31.... click here for the full sermon

I Want To Be | Children's Story | Luke 6:20-31
Casper's aunt was visiting. It was always a pain, because she always asked him the same things, one of which was, "What do you want to be when you're grown up, Casper?" Since Casper didn't want to grow up at all....click here for the full sermon

Foolish God... | Intercession
Foolish God, You allow young people to throw away their lives for an idea, for a cause. Wouldn't it be better to suggest a little temperance, a little restraint? Foolish God, help me to be foolish too. Give me the courage and the passion to be prepared to die for you.... 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:
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  • Sermons based on the Epistle readings
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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.