First Cup

First Cup

Dear Family in Christ,

First Cup is designed to assist you in the habit of daily Bible reading and prayer. The name is to remind you that as you reach for your first cup of morning coffee or tea, reach also for your Bible and prayer list. The prayers at the beginning of each week are taken from hymns, sometimes found in obscure hymnals in my library. They are intended to be read as your beginning prayer, to focus your mind on the daily readings that follow. May this spiritual discipline strengthen you as you face each day.

Blessings and love in Christ,

Sandy Sturch & Claire Averyt

Depth of mercy! Can there be mercy still reserved for me? Can my God His wrath forebear? Me, the chief of sinners, spare? I have long withstood His grace, long provoked Him to His face; would not hearken to His calls, grieved Him by a thousand falls. Still for me the Savior stands, shows His wounds, and spreads His hands. God is love! I know, I feel; Jesus weeps, and loves me still. (The Hymnbook, No. 273)

1      Leviticus 17; Hebrews 9:15-28
2      Leviticus 18; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
3      Leviticus 19; Matthew 5:17-20
4      Leviticus 20; Hebrews 12
5      Leviticus 26; 1 John 1
6      Numbers 6; Judges 13; Luke 1:5-55;
7      Numbers 8-9; Psalm 85

Guide me O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me with Thy powerful hand. Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven, Feed me till I want no more. Feed me till I want no more. Open now the crystal Fountain, Whence the healing stream doth flow. Let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong Deliverer, Strong Deliverer, Be thou still my strength and shield, Strong Deliverer, Strong Deliverer, Be Thou still my strength and Shield. (Worship in Song, No. 64)

8        Numbers 10-12; Hebrews 13:7; Romans 12:12; James 5:13-16
9        Numbers 13-14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 20
10      Numbers 15; Leviticus 4:13-14, 5:14-19
11      Numbers 16-17; Proverbs 17:11; Hebrews 9:1-15
12      Numbers 20; Psalm 95; Hebrews 12:1-13
13      Numbers 21, 25; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
14      Deuteronomy 1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10, 10:4-6

O God, beneath Thy guiding hand, our exiled fathers crossed the sea;
And when they trod the wintry strand, with prayer and psalm they worshipped Thee. Laws, freedom, truth, and faith in God, came with those exiles over the waves; and, where their pilgrim feet have trod, the God they trusted guards their graves. And here thy name, O God of love, their children’s children shall adore, till these eternal hills remove, and spring adorns the earth no more. (The Hymnbook, No. 523)

15      Deuteronomy 4, 6, 8; Romans 1:18-2:29; Proverbs 3:11-12
16      Deuteronomy 9-11; John 14:23-24
17      Deuteronomy 29-30; Psalm 1
18      Deuteronomy 31; Psalm 14:2-3
19      Psalm 107, 116
20      Deuteronomy 32; Galatians 6:7-10
21      Deuteronomy 33-34; Psalm 116:15; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10

Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known. Join in a song with sweet accord, join in a song with sweet accord, and thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne. The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets before we reach the heavenly fields, before we reach the heavenly fields, Or walk the golden streets, or walk the golden streets. We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion. We’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God. (Worship in Song, No. 75)

22      Joshua 1; Psalm 119:89-112; Hebrews 4:12-13
23      Joshua 2; Matthew 1:1-6; Ephesians 2:11-22; James 2:25-26
24      Deuteronomy 11:26-32; Joshua 3-4; Psalm 42
25      Joshua 5-6; Hebrews 11:30; 1 Corinthians 1:25, 3:18-23
26      Joshua 7; Deuteronomy 17:2-7; Acts 5:1-11
27      Joshua 8; Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6, 8:1; 2 Timothy 3:14-17
28      Joshua 9; Psalm 15

Lead on O King Eternal, the day of march has come; Henceforth in fields of conquest Thy tents shall be our home: Through days of preparation Thy grace has made us strong, and now, O King Eternal, we lift our battle song. Lead on O King Eternal, We follow, not with fears, for gladness breaks like morning where-e’er Thy face appears; Thy cross is lifted o’er us; We journey in its light; The crown awaits the conquest; Lead on, O God of might. (Baptist Hymnal, No. 417)

29      Joshua 10-11; Psalm 56
30      Joshua 14, 20:1-22:34; Psalm 78:1-8
31      Joshua 23-24; Psalm 91; Psalm 116:15










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