April 30, 2017
Luke 24:13-35
1 Peter 1:17-23
Acts 2:14a, 36-41

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Sermons and Stories for Easter 3
Encountering the risen Christ | Sermon | Luke 24:13-35
The story of the road to Emmaus is perhaps one of the strangest of the resurrection appearances, for Jesus must have been with Cleopas and his friend for several hours.... click here for the full sermon

Strangers or neighbours? | Sermon | 1 Peter 1:17-23
A week or two ago I received an unexpected registered package through the post. It was a manuscript and turned out to be the memoirs of an elderly relative, Mary, who was a cousin of my mother's, and who had died a couple of years previously....click here for the full sermon

A change of heart | Sermon | Acts 2:14a, 36-41
It seems that maybe the people of Britain are beginning to enjoy a change of heart over the issue of abortion. Whilst this has never been such a stringent issue in the UK has it has been in the USA, in the run-up to a General Election it has suddenly come to the fore.... click here for the full sermon

Jamie's Uncle Jim | Children's story | Luke 24:13-35
When Jesus walked seven miles to Emmaus with two of his friends, they failed to recognise him. This is a story about Jamie, who after many years, fails to recognise his favourite uncle. But Jamie eventually realises that love lives forever.... click here for the full story

God's Son Returns | Children's liturgy and story | Luke 24:13-35
This is an imaginary conversation between God and his son after the crucifixion but before the resurrection.... click here for the full story

Broken God... | Intercession
Broken God, you allowed yourself to be broken and stripped by human beings, and used that brokenness and stripping to our advantage, to show us the way to your kingdom.... 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.