March 5, 2017
Matthew 4:1-11
Romans 5:12-19
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

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Sermons and Stories for Lent 1
Fasting and temptation | Sermon | Matthew 4:1-11
I once fasted for five days. Not for any religious reasons, but because I was interested in food allergies, and fasting is the quickest and most effective way of clearing the system in order to begin to identify the allergens.... click here for the full sermon

The sin of Adam | Sermon | Romans 5:12-19
It always strikes me as strange that St Paul puts so much emphasis on Adam's sin, but that the Church has consistently blamed Eve for the introduction of sin into the world. In fact, if we stick strictly to the story in Genesis, it was neither Adam nor Eve but the serpent who introduced sin, for the serpent lied to Eve and put temptation in her path (Genesis 3:1-6). here for the full sermon

Hooked on sin? | Sermon | Genesis 2:15-17
We in the West have an interesting culture in which we quite like to be shocked. Many of us enjoy films which are shocking to a greater or lesser degree, and it sometimes seems to be that the higher the rating, the more popular the film.... click here for the full sermon

Stella Martin's 'Second Sight' | Children's story | Matthew 4:1-11
Stella Martin first became aware of her unusual gifts when she was quite small. When she was three, Stella had been a bridesmaid at her cousin Katy's wedding. Just three months later, Stella had looked at Katy and uttered just one word, "baby."... click here for the full story

Praxis Meets Blue Squirrel | Children's liturgy and story | Matthew 4:1-11
As Jesus discovered, temptations are much harder to resist when we're at a low ebb, such as when we're hungry or tired. This is a story about Praxis, that naughty pixie who has the advantage of knowing when he's tempted because his skin changes colour.... click here for the full story

Understanding God, temptation is nasty... | Intercession
Understanding God, temptation is nasty because it so often comes in the disguise of goodness or even holiness. Sometimes I'm tempted to do or say that which will upset or hurt, but I pretend to myself it's in the greater good. And at other times I'm tempted not to do or say that which will hurt... 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
  • Children's stories linked with the Gospel readings (most are original, through some are adaptations of old Christian legends or Bible stories)
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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.