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


O Lord, my God, most earnestly my heart would seek Thy face, Within Thy holy house once more to see Thy glorious grace. Apart from Thee I long and thirst, and nought can satisfy; I wander in a desert land where all the streams are dry. The loving kindness of my God is more than life to me; So I will bless Thee while I live and lift my prayer to Thee. In Thee my soul is satisfied, my darkness turns to light, and joyful meditations fill the watches of the night. My Saviour, ‘neath Thy sheltering wings my soul delights to dwell; Still closer to Thy side I press, for near Thee all is well. (The Hymnbook, No. 327)

1       Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Genesis 38; Matthew 1:1-6;
2       Genesis 39: Proverbs 2
3       Genesis 40; Psalm 105:16:22
4       Genesis 41: Daniel 1:17-20; Acts 2:17-18; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; Colossians 3:16

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to His feet thy tribute bring; Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Evermore His praises sing; Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King. Praise Him for His grace and favor to our fathers in distress; Praise Him still the same as ever, slow to chide, and swift to bless: Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious in His faithfulness. Father-like He tends and spares us; well our feeble frame He knows; In His hands He gently bears us, Rescues us from all our foes. Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely yet His mercy flows. Angels, help us to adore Him; ye behold Him face to face; Sun and moon, bow down before Him, dwellers all in time and space. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace. (The Hymnbook, No. 31)

5       Genesis 42-43; Matthew 6:12-15; 18:21-35; Psalm 25
6       Genesis 44:1-46:7; Romans 8:28-39; Psalm 16
7       Genesis 46:26-47:31; Psalm 65; Proverbs 3
8       Genesis 48-49; Acts 7:2-26; Hebrews 11:21; Isaiah 46:3-4; Psalm 116:15
9       Genesis 50: Hebrews 11:22; Deuteronomy 33:13-17; Proverbs 22:1; Psalm 116:15
10      Exodus 1; Acts 7:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3
11      Exodus 2; Hebrews 11:24-26; Psalm 5

Now Israel may say, and that in truth, If that the Lord had not our right maintained, If that the Lord had not with us remained, When cruel men against us rose to strive, We surely had been swallowed up alive. Yea, when their wrath against us fiercely rose, The swelling tide had o’er us spread its wave, The raging stream had then become our grave, The surging flood, in proudly swelling roll, Most surely then had overwhelmed our soul. Blest be the Lord, who made us not their prey; As from the snare a bird escapeth free, Their net is rent and so escaped are we; Our only help is in God’s holy name, Who made the earth and all the heavenly frame. (The Hymnbook, No. 357).

12      Exodus 3; Romans 8:31-39
13      Exodus 4; Acts 7:20-22; Matthew 10:19-20; I Corinthians 2:4-5
14      Exodus 5; Matthew 10:32-39; 1 Peter 2:19
15      Exodus 6:1-7:7; Romans 9:14-18
16      Exodus 7:8-24; Psalm 2
17      Exodus 8; Psalm 142
18      Exodus 9; Proverbs 16:4; Jeremiah 10:1-16

O for a closer walk with God, a calm and heavenly frame, A light to shine upon the road that leads me to the Lamb! Return, O holy Dove, return, sweet messenger of rest! I hate the sins that made Thee mourn and drove Thee from my breast. The dearest idol I have known, what-e’er that idol be, Help me to tear it from Thy throne, and worship only Thee. (The Hymnbook, No. 319)

19      Exodus 10; Psalm 105
20      Exodus 11-12; Deuteronomy 16:1-8; Psalm 103
21      Psalm 139
22      Exodus 13; Hebrews 11:24-29
23      Exodus 14; Ephesians 6:10-18
24      Exodus 15:1-21; Ephesians 5:19-20
25      Exodus 15:22-16:35; Matthew 6:28-34; 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Most perfect is the law of God, restoring those that stray; His testimony is most sure, proclaiming wisdom’s way. The precepts of the Lord are right; with joy they fill the heart; The Lord’s commandments all are pure, and clearest light impart. The fear of God is undefiled and ever shall endure; The statutes of the Lord are truth and righteousness most pure. The words which from my mouth proceed, the thoughts within my heart, Accept, O Lord, for Thou my Rock and my Redeemer art. (The Hymnbook, No. 257)

26      Exodus 17; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; 1 Timothy 2:8
27      Exodus 18; Acts 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:1-12
28      Exodus 19; Psalm 24








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