starters for sunday

Starters for Sunday offers a range of suggested material which can be used each week for individuals and congregations to develop. Sometimes there may be background material to the readings, at other times it may be ideas for deepening prayer, or involving children, or using drama.

We always try to include musical suggestions. All of the material is written by people who are experienced in leading worship regularly though not all are ordained. Our hope is that we reflect the wider voice of the church through our contributors.

May May

May's material includes contributions from Alexander Millar, John Collard, Suzanne Fletcher and Fiona Smith. Material relating to this year's Heart and Soul event is provided by MaryAnn Rennie, Derek Browning and Russell Barr. 

7 May 2017

Rev Alexander Millar offers his thoughts on the fourth Sunday of Easter.

7 May 2017
7 May 2017 (Heart and Soul)

Rev MaryAnn Rennie offers her thoughts on Heart & Soul.

7 May 2017 (Heart and Soul)
14 May 2017

Rev John Collard offers his thoughts on the fifth Sunday of Easter.

14 May 2017
14 May 2017 (Heart and Soul)

Right Rev Dr Russell Barr offers his thoughts on Heart & Soul.

14 May 2017 (Heart and Soul)
21 May 2017

Rev Suzanne Fletcher offers her thoughts on the sixth Sunday of Easter.

21 May 2017
21 May 2017 (Heart and Soul)

Rev Dr Derek Browning offers his thoughts on Heart & Soul, Assembly Sunday.

21 May 2017 (Heart and Soul)
28 May 2017

Rev Fiona Smith offers her thoughts on the seventh Sunday of Easter.

28 May 2017
april April

Starters for Sunday material for April is provided by Sally Foster-Fulton, Douglas Galbraith, Scott McKenna, Ada Macleod and Ian Gilmour.

2 April 2017

Rev Sally Foster-Fulton offers her thoughts on the 5 Sunday in Lent.

2 April 2017
9 April 2017

Rev Dr Douglas Galbraith offers his thoughts on Palm/Passion Sunday

9 April 2017
16 April 2017

Rev Scott McKenna offers his thoughts on Easter Day

16 April 2017
23 April 2017

Rev Ada Macleod offers her thoughts on the 2nd Sunday of Easter

23 April 2017
30 April 2017

Rev Ian Gilmour offers his thoughts on the 3rd Sunday of Easter

30 April 2017
March March

Starters for Sunday material for March is provided by Jock Stein, Margaret Whyte and Colin Sinclair.

5 March 2017

Rev Jock Stein offers his thoughts on the first Sunday in Lent.

5 March 2017
12 March 2017

Rev Margaret Whyte offers her thoughts on the second Sunday in Lent.

12 March 2017
19 March 2017

Rev Colin Sinclair offers his thoughts on the third Sunday in Lent.

19 March 2017
26 March 2017

Rev Margaret Whyte offers her thoughts on the fourth Sunday in Lent and Mothering Sunday.

26 March 2017
refugee crisis Refugee resources

Situations such as the current refugee crisis can bring up lots of questions that can make it difficult to pray and teach with sensitivity. As we are faced with issues of suffering and human tragedy, we can often struggle to find God in the midst of it all. What follows are some prayers, reflections and creative ways of responding to some of these issues written by the Church of Scotland and other organisations.

Worship resources in response to the refugee crisis
Tomorrows calling Tomorrow's Calling

Over the course of the next year, Starters for Sunday will host prayers of intercession for the Church of Scotland, in particular for the success of the Tomorrow's Calling initiative.  Some of these prayers will be prepared by people from the Church of Scotland and other prayers will come from our Ecumenical partners.  They will be written for use during public worship and private devotions. You will find the prayers within our Prayer section.