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.

Visitors may be interested to know that whilst this material aims to stimulate thinking around what to preach, we also have a section named ‘Preachers Perspectives’ that seeks to stimulate thinking around how to preach. If you have suggestions or comments regarding the site or its content, please do contact us and let us know.

Thank you to Norman Boyle for the images that appear on the Starters for Sunday pages.

Monthly Worship Material

December

December's Starters for Sunday material is provided by ALTERnativity. Material for Vocations Sunday is also provided by Jonanda Groenewald.

November

Worship materials including contributions from Phill Mellstrom, Grant Barclay and Nigel Robb with material for Guild Week from Iain Whyte and Prisoners Week provided by Donald Scott.

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January

January material is provided by the Spirituality of Conflict Project.

Thematic and Other Material

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Preachers Perspectives

We asked twelve preachers to share the insights they have gathered through their experiences of writing and delivering sermons regularly.

Check out what they had to say!

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Revised Common Lectionary

The Revised Common Lectionary was prepared by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), and consists of a table of readings which gives the liturgical day or date and the Scripture references for the texts to be read.

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Pray it Forward

Pray it forward is a new resource from the Mission and Discipleship Council that aims to help individuals and congregations find ways of talking to and about God.

Ordination booklet

Two forms of service for the Ordination and Induction of a Minister of Word and Sacrament have been prepared by the Church of Scotland Liturgical group are offered here.

CrossReach Stories

The style and content of the Gospels are by and large narrative accounts of events. They are collections of stories about particular people, in a particular place, at a particular time.

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Mission Forum

The Mission Forum is responsible for holding mission before the Church. The members of the Forum have produced a series of four Starters for Sunday.

Stewardship and Finance

Three former Moderators of the General Assembly kindly agreed to take us on a journey through some of their personal thoughts about the stewardship of time.

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.