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 and Claire Averyt



1  Isaiah 40; Matthew 3:1-3; Mark 1:4

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, behold, the King of Glory waits; The King of Kings is drawing near; the Savior of the world is here! Fling wide the portals of your heart; make it a temple, set apart from earthly use for heaven’s employ, adorned with prayer, and love, and joy.  Redeemer, come! I open wide my heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide. Let me Thy inner presence feel; Thy grace and love in me reveal. (The Hymnbook, No. 152)

2  Matthew 24
3  1 Thessalonians 4-5
4  2 Peter 3
5  2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Corinthians 1:18; John 3:16-18
6  Luke 1:37-80, 3:1-6
7  Matthew 3, 11:1-19
8  Mark 6:6b-29; Luke 14:26-27; Matthew 10:17-23

“Thy Kingdom come,” on bended knee the passing ages pray; And faithful souls have yearned to see on earth that Kingdom’s day. And lo! already on the hills the flags of dawn appear; Gird up your loins, ye prophet souls, proclaim the day is near: The day in whose clear-shining light all wrong shall stand revealed; When justice shall be clothed with might and every hurt be healed. When knowledge, hand in hand with peace, shall walk the earth abroad; The day of perfect righteousness, the promised day of God. (The Hymnbook, No. 484)

9  Isaiah 9:1-7; 11-12; Micah 5:2-5
10 Psalm 23, 28:6-9; Ezekiel 34:1-16; Zechariah 13:1-7; John 10:1-18
11 Psalm 46; Psalm 91
12 Psalm 143, 121
13 Isaiah 7:13-14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 11:6
14 Psalm 89
15 Hebrews 1-2

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart. Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious Kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all-sufficient merit raise us to Thy glorious throne. (The Hymnbook, No. 151)

16 Hebrews 3-5:10
17 Hebrews 5:11-7
18 Hebrews 8-9
19 Hebrews 10
20 Luke 1:38-56; Psalm 138
21 Luke 1:57-80; Joel 2:28-32; Jeremiah 31:27-34
22 Romans 10-11

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel. (The Hymnbook, No. 171)

23 Romans 12
24 Luke 2:1-20; Colossians 1:15-23
25 Psalm 47; Colossians 1:24-2:5
26 Isaiah 55
27 Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Luke 2:21-40
28 Luke 2:41-52; Proverbs 3:1-6
29 John 1:1-34; Ephesians 1:1-14

Rejoice, the Lord is King: Your Lord and King adore!  Rejoice, give thanks, and sing, and triumph evermore: Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! His Kingdom cannot fail, He rules o’er earth and heaven; The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus given:  Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! He all His foes shall quell, shall all our sins destroy, And every bosom swell with pure seraphic joy: Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!  (The Hymnbook, No. 140)

30 John 3; 5:24; 1 John 3
31 Psalm 90; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

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