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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

 

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, Much we need Thy tender care; In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Thy folds prepare; We are Thine, do Thou befriend us, Be the guardian of our way; Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, keep us when we go astray; Thou hast promised to receive us, Poor and sinful though we be; Blessed Lord and only Savior, With Thy love our bosoms fill: Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still. (The Methodist Hymnal, No. 121)

JUNE
1      Revelation 1:1-8; John 1:1-18; Revelation 21:6; 22:6-21
2      Revelation 1:9-20; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 5:14-15; 16:13-20; 17:1-7; 24
3      Acts 19:1-20; 20:13-36; Revelation 2:1-7; 1 John 4:1-6; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

Am I a soldier of the Cross, a follower of the Lamb, And shall I fear to own His cause, Or blush to speak His name? Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease, While others fought to win the prize,and sailed through bloody seas? Are there no foes for me to face? Must I not stem the flood? Is this vile world a friend to grace, to help me on to God? Sure, I must fight if I would reign, Increase my courage, Lord. Ill bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word. (Worship in Song, No. 194)

4      James 2:5; Revelation 2:8-11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:1-12
5      Revelation 2:12-17 (see Num. 22-25); 2 Peter 2; Ephesians 3:14; Revelation 3:12
6      1 Kings 16:29-34, 18:1-4, 17-21, 19:1-4, 21:5-23; Revelation 2:18-29; 2 Peter 3:9
7      John 15:1-8; Luke 12:35-40; Revelation 3:1-6, 7:9-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5
8      Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 23:13-39; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:19-22
9      Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 19:16-30; James 1:9-11; Hebrews 12:1-13
10    Isaiah 6:1-5; Ezekiel 1; Revelation 4, 1:4-6; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-23

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 The 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’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. (Worship in Song, No. 28)

11     John 1:29-39; Revelation 5; Psalm 33; Philippians 2:1-11
12     Zechariah 1:8-17; 6:1-8; Revelation 6; Hebrews 11; Matthew 24
13     Revelation 7-8:5; 21:3-5; Psalm 23:1; John 10:11-18; Colossians 2:2-4, 12
14     Revelation 8:6-9:21; Romans 1:18-32; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
15     Revelation 10-11; Daniel 2:44; 7:14, 27; Psalm 2
16     Matthew 2; 4:1-11; Revelation 12-13:1a; Job 1:9-11; Luke 10:18; 1 Peter 5:8-9
17     Revelation 13:1b-18; Luke 21:8-19; Romans 5:3-4; 15:4-5; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

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 life, who triumphed o’er the grave, and rose victoriously in the strife for those He came to save; His glories now we sing Who died and rose on high, Who died eternal life to bring, and lives, that death may die. Crown Him the Lord of love; Behold His hands and side, Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified. All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me; Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity. (Worship in Song, No. 163)

18     Revelation 14; Jeremiah 25:15-38; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Galatians 6:7-8
19     Revelation 15-16; Luke 12:35-40; Joel 2:13-14; Hebrews 12:14-29
20     Revelation 13:1-9; Revelation 17; John 16:33; Psalm 33, 37
21     Revelation 18, 6:9-11; Hebrews 11
22     Revelation 19; Isaiah 63; Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 2; John 3:19
23     Revelation 20; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 2:1-16; 2 Corinthians 5:10
24     Isaiah 60, 62; John 14:1-6; Revelation 21; 1 Corinthians 15

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess Him King of Glory now; ‘Tis the Father’s pleasure we shall call Him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty Word. Brothers, this Lord Jesus shall return again, with His Father’s glory o’er the earth to reign; For all wreaths of empire meet upon His brow, and our hearts confess Him King of Glory now. (The Hymnbook, No. 143)

25     Genesis 3:21-24; Revelation 22, 7:3, 2:16, 3:11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
26     Esther 1; Proverbs 20:1-2, 23:19-21, 29-35; Ecclesiastes 2; Luke 14:7-35
27     Esther 2; Psalm 45
28     Esther 3; Proverbs 14:16, 26:8; Psalm 91
29     Esther 4; Ecclesiastes 3:7; Isaiah 43
30     Esther 5-6; Proverbs 26:1, 3:29-35; Psalm 62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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