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


Note: The daily scripture readings through Easter are taken from the FPC “Lenten Reflections” booklet that is available at the church or online: The meditations on these verses are written by church members.

Far off I see the goal—O Saviour, guide me; I feel my strength is small—be Thou beside me; With vision ever clear, with love that conquers fear, And grace to persevere, O Lord, provide me. When-e’er Thy way seems strange, go Thou before me; And, lest my heart should change, O Lord, watch o’er me; But, should my faith prove frail, and I through blindness fail, O let Thy grace prevail, and still restore me. (The Hymnbook, No. 337).

1      Jonah 3:1-4, 10; Hebrews 12:1-14; Luke 18:9-14
2      Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34
3      Deuteronomy 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42
4      Deuteronomy 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51

God of grace and God of glory, on Thy people pour Thy power; Crown Thine ancient Church’s story; bring her bud to glorious flower. Cure Thy children’s waring madness, bend our pride to Thy control; Shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, Lest we miss Thy Kingdom’s goal, lest we miss Thy Kingdom’s goal. (The Hymn Book, No. 358)

5       Jeremiah 9:23-24; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Mark 2:18-22
6       Deuteronomy 8:1-20; Hebrews 2:11-18; John 2:1-12
7       Deuteronomy 9:4-12; Hebrews 3:1-11; John 2:13-33
8       Deuteronomy 9:13-21; Hebrews 3:12-19; John 2:23-3:15
9       Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5; Hebrews 4:1-10; John 3:16-21
10     Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Hebrews 4:11-16; John 3:22-36
11     Deuteronomy 11:18-28; Hebrews 5:1-10; John 4:1-26

Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, Victorious, Thy great name we praise. To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small; In all life Thou livest, the true life of all; Thy wisdom so boundless, Thy mercy so free, Eternal Thy goodness for naught changeth Thee. Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light, Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight. All laud we would render. Oh help us to see ‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth the Thee. (Worship in Song, No. 29)

12     Jeremiah 1:1-10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-23; Mark 3:31-4:9
13     Jeremiah 1:11-19; Romans 1:1-15; John 4:27:42
14     Jeremiah 2:1-13, 29-32; Romans 1:16-25; John 4:43-54
15     Jeremiah 3:6-18; Romans 1:28-2:11; John 5:1-8
16     Jeremiah 4:9-10; Romans 2:12-24; John 5:19-29
17     Jeremiah 5:1-9; Romans 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47
18     Jeremiah 5:20-31; Romans 3:19-31; John 7:1-13

Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth Thou sendest clear; And while the wave notes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear. Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere; Open my heart, and let me prepare love with Thy children thus to share. Silently now I wait for Thee, ready my God, Thy will to see. (The Hymnbook, No. 390)

19    Jeremiah 5:9-15; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Mark 5:1-20
20    Jeremiah 7:1-15; Romans 4:1-12; John 7:14-36
21    Jeremiah 7:21-34; Romans 4:13-25; John 7:37-52
22    Jeremiah 8:4-7, 8:18-9:5; Romans 5:1-11; John 12-20
23    Jeremiah 10:11-24; Romans 5:12-21; John 8:21-32
24    Jeremiah 11:1-8, 14-17; Romans 6:1-11; John 8:33-47
25    Jeremiah 13:1-11; Romans 6:12-23; John 8:47-59

Be not dismayed whate’er betide; God will take care of you. Beneath His wings of love abide; God will take care of you. Thro’ days of toil when heart doth fail; God will take care of you; When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you. No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you. Lean, weary one, upon His breast; God will take care of you. Thro’ ev’ry day, o’er all the way. He will take care of you; God will take care of you. (Worship in Song, No. 450)

26     Jeremiah 14:1-9, 17-22; Galatians 4:21-5:1; Mark 8:11-21
27     Jeremiah 16:10-21; Romans 7:1-12; John 6:1-15
28     Jeremiah 17:19-27; Romans 7:13-25; John 6:16-27
29     Jeremiah 18:1-11; Romans 8:1-11; John 6:27-40
30     Jeremiah 22:13-23; Romans 8:12-27; John 6:41-51
31     Jeremiah 23:1-8; Romans 8:28-39; John 6:52-59
1       Jeremiah 23:9-15; Romans 9:1-18; John 6:60-71

O Love of God most full, O Love of God most free, Come warm my heart, come fill my soul, Come lead me unto Thee! Warm as the glowing sun so shines Thy love on me, It wraps me round with kindly care, it draws me unto Thee. The wildest sea is calm, The tempest brings no fear, The darkest night is full of light, Because Thy love is near. O Love of God most full, O Love of God most free, Thou warmest my heart, Thou fillest my soul, With might Thou strengthenest me. Amen. (The Hymnbook, No. 118)

2       Jeremiah 23:16-32; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27; Mark 8:31-9:1
3       Jeremiah 24:1-10; Romans 9:19-33; John 9:1-7
4       Jeremiah 25:8-17; Romans 10:1-13; John 9:18-41
5       Jeremiah 25:30-38; Romans 10:14-21; John 10:1-18
6       Jeremiah 26:1-16; Romans 11:1-12; John 10:19-42
7       Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14; Romans 11:13-24; John 11:1-27
8       Jeremiah 31:27-34; Romans 11:25-36; John 11:28-44

Hosanna, loud Hosanna, the little children sang; through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang; To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to His breast, the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best. “Hosanna in the Highest!” that ancient song we sing, For Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven our King. O may we ever praise Him with heart and life and voice, and in His blissful presence eternally rejoice! (The Presbyterian Hymnal, No. 89)

9       Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19
10     Matthew 21:12-22; Mark 11:12-19
11     Matthew 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-12:44; Luke 20:1-8
12     Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:1-6
13     Matthew 26:17-29, 36-46; Mark 14:12-42; Luke 22:7-46; John 13:1-38
14     Matthew 27; Mark 14:43-15:15; Luke 22:37-23:25; John 18:2-19:16
15     Isaiah 53; Psalm 22

Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand.—The shadow of a mighty Rock within a weary land; A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way, from the burning of the noonday heat, and the burden of the day. Upon the cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see the very dying form of One Who suffered there for me: And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess—the wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness. (The Hymnbook, No. 190)

16     Matthew 28:1-15; Luke 24:1-49; Matthew 16:19
17     John 20; John 3:16-18, 14:6
18     John 21; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 16:13-19
19     Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:9-20; Luke 24:50-52; Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 16:24-28
20     1 Corinthians 15; John 5:24
21     Hebrews 1; John 1:1-14; Galatians 3:26-4:4; Psalm 103
22     Hebrews 2; Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Timothy 1:8-12

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne; Hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own: Awake my soul and sing of Him who died for thee, and hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity. Crown Him the Lord of love; behold His hands and side, rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified: All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me: Thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity. (The Hymnbook, No. 213)

23     Hebrews 4:1-13; Exodus 20:8-11; Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 4:1-8
24     Hebrews 4:14-5:10; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Romans 6
25     Hebrews 5:11-6:6; 1 Peter 2:2; I Corinthians 3:1-4; Matthew 7:21-23, 26:47-49
26     Hebrews 6:7-20; Isaiah 5:1-7, 44, 55:10-13; Matthew 13:1-30
27     Genesis 14:17-20; Psalm 110; Hebrews 7; Romans 8:26-27
28     1 Peter 2; Revelation 1:4-6, 5:6-10, 20:4-6
29     Hebrews 8 (see Exodus 25-31); Jeremiah 31; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of heaven divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. Perfect submission, perfect delight! Visions of rapture now burst on my sight; angels descending bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love. Watching and waiting, looking above, filled with His goodness, lost in His love. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Saviour all the day long. (The Hymnbook, No. 139)

30     Hebrews 9:1-10; Exodus 40; Leviticus 16; Romans 3:21-26













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