June 25, 2017
Matthew 10:24-39
Romans 6:1b-11
Genesis 21:8-21

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Shout it from the rooftops! | Sermon | Matthew 10:24-39
Years ago, politicians were regarded as the epitome of authority and therefore above reproach. There were occasional scandals which shocked the nation, like the Profumo affair in 1963, but it seems like Watergate in 1972 was the real opener of a very large can of worms indeed.... click here for the full sermon

Freedom -- if you want it | Sermon | Romans 6:1b-11
George Thomas was a pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit....click here for the full sermon

Condemned -- but not by God | Sermon | Genesis 21:8-21
In every century there has been at least one group of people which has been ostracized with due horror by the rest of society. When we look back, it isn't easy to fully understand why these groups of people have been regarded as beyond the pale.... click here for the full sermon

Gotcha! | Children's story | Matthew 10:24-39
Steven couldn't believe his luck. He'd been slouching around the shopping centre with his hands in his pockets feeling miserable because he had no money.... click here for the full story

Mr. Skillett's Cross | Children's liturgy and story | Matthew 10:24-39
Taking up our cross can be as simple as facing difficulties in life with integrity and refusing to go with the flow simply because it's easier that way. Taking up your cross brings pain, but it also brings its own rewards. In this story, Mr Skillett takes up his cross and endures suffering, but learns to be himself because of it....click here for the full story

Vulnerable and self-effacing God... | Intercession
Vulnerable and self-effacing God, life stripped you of all you possessed and hung you on a cross to die.... 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:
  • 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.