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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

        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; Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine! (The Hymnbook, No. 390)

NOVEMBER
1       Judges 1-2; Deuteronomy 4:1-14, 6:10-7:6; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
2       Judges 3; Deuteronomy 8-9; Psalm 50
3       Judges 4-5; Psalm 89
4       Judges 6; Exodus 34:10-14; Ezekiel 13:13-23; Colossians 3:5-11; Ephesians 5:3-6

         Depth of mercy! can there be mercy still reserved for me? Can my God His wrath forbear? 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 Saviour 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)

5        Judges 7-8; Deuteronomy 20:8; Psalm 76; 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
6        Judges 9; Jeremiah 17: 9; Romans 6:15-23
7        Judges 10-12; Deuteronomy 20:1-4; Psalm 69
8        Judges 13-14; Proverbs 12:4, 16:9,18:22, 20:24, 22:6; Jeremiah 10:23
9        Judges 15-16; Proverbs 6:20-26, 34, 14:1, 16:4, 9, 31:30; Ecclesiastes 7
10      Judges 17; Exodus 20:4, 23; Deuteronomy 4:16
11      Judges 18; Psalm 18

         O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling, To tell to all the world that God is Light; that He who made all nations is not willing one soul should perish, lost in shades of night. Proclaim to ev’ry people, tongue, and nation That God, in whom they live and move, is love. Tell how He stooped to save His lost creation, and died on earth that man might live above. Publish glad tidings, Tidings of peace; Tidings of Jesus, Redemption and release. (Worship in Song, No. 356)

12      Judges 19; Romans 1
13      Judges 20; Psalm 78
14      Judges 21; Deuteronomy 12:8-14
15      Deuteronomy 31:30-32:47; Isaiah 65
16      Psalm 103; Exodus 34:5-7; Hebrews 1:14; Psalm 150
17      Ruth 1; Psalm 88; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
18      Ruth 2; Leviticus 19:9-10; Romans 12:9-21; James 2:14-26

        Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things hath done, in whom His world rejoices; Who, from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. Oh may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us; And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed, And free us from all ills in this world and the next. (Worship in Song, No. 88)

19      Ruth 3; Proverbs 31:10; Psalm 37
20      Leviticus 25:23-25; Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Ruth 4; Matthew 1:1-17; Psalm 56:3-4
21      Psalm 145; Matthew 6:19-34; Philippians 4:4-20
22      Psalm 107; 115
23      Psalm 100; Colossians 3:1-17
24      Psalm 84; Matthew 10:29-31; Proverbs 3; Psalm 56:3
25      Psalm 106; Revelation 7:9-17

          While passing thro’ this world of sin, and others your life shall view, Be clean and pure without, within, let others see Jesus in you. Your life’s a book before their eyes, they’re reading it thro’ and thro’; Say, does it point them to the skies, do others see Jesus in you? Let others see Jesus in you, let others see Jesus in you; Keep telling the story, be faithful and true, let others see Jesus in you. (The Baptist Hymnal, No. 348)

26      James 1:1-8; Romans 5:1-5; Job 28:20-28; Psalm 90:12; Proverbs 1:7; 8; 21:30
27      James 1:9-11; Psalm 49; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 18:18-30; 1Timothy 6:6-10; 17-19
28      James 1:12-18; Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 10:12-13; Galatians 6:1-16
29      James 1:19-27; Psalm 4:4; Ephesians 4:17-32; Proverbs 15:1; 29:11
30      James 2:1-13; Leviticus 19:15; Proverbs 3; 14:21; Luke 10:25-37

Season of Advent: Four Sundays focusing on Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy

         Jesus is coming to earth again, what if it were today? Coming in power and love to reign, what if it were today? Coming to claim His chosen bride, all the redeemed and purified, Over this whole earth scattered wide. What if it were today? Faithful and true would He find us here if He should come today? Watching in gladness and not in fear, if He should come today? Signs of His coming multiply; morning light breaks in eastern sky; Watch, for the time is drawing nigh. What if it were today? (Worship in Song, No. 189)

DECEMBER
1        1 Thessalonians 4; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
2        1 Thessalonians 5; Ephesians 6:10-20; 1 Corinthians 1:8

         “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” When the shadows come and darkness falls, He giveth inward peace. Oh He is the only perfect Resting Place, He giveth perfect peace. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” ‘Tis the promise of the Holy One, “My peace I give to thee.” Tho’ the storms of life in fury rage, thy Refuge sure is He. Oh, He is the only perfect Resting Place! He giveth perfect peace. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” (Worship in Song,” No. 418)

3        Isaiah 5:18-19; 2 Peter 3; Ezekiel 12:21-28; Isaiah 14:24; 45:18-25
4        2 Thessalonians 1-2
5        Isaiah 9:6; 11; Micah 5:2-5; Romans 15:1-13
6        Psalm 62; 4
7        Luke 12:13-34; Philippians 4:6-7
8        Psalm 46; 9:7-10; 100:3; 4:8; John 14:26-27
9        Psalm 143; 27:11; John 14:23-27; Romans 5:1-5; 8:6; 12:17-21; 14:19

         Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n, to earth come down! Fix in us Thy humble dwelling; all Thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion; pure, unbounded love Thou art. Visit us with Thy salvation; enter ev’ry trembling heart. Come, Almighty, to Deliver; let us all Thy life receive. Suddenly return, and never, never-more Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing, glory in Thy perfect love. (Worship in Song, No. 16)

10      Proverbs 29:17; Hebrews 12:1-14; James 3:17-18; Ephesians 4:3; 6:14-15
11      Matthew 10; Ephesians 2:14-22; Romans 5:1-11
12      Psalm 25; Jeremiah 3:25; Ephesians 2:1-10; Psalm 32
13      Psalm 86; Exodus 34:6; Joel 2:13; John 15:8-17
14      John 13:1-17; 1 John 1; 2
15      1 John 3; John 13:34-35
16      John 3:16-18; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4; 2:3-4, 9-11

         How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv’n! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav’n. No ear may hear His coming; but in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend on 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. Oh, come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel. (Worship in Song, No. 174)

17      1 John 5; Psalm 36; 106:1
18      1 Corinthians 13; Psalm 118:1; 1 Corinthians 10:24; Romans 15:1-2
19      Psalm 96; Hebrews 1:1-12
20      Isaiah 52; Psalm 98; Psalm 126
21      Psalm 2; 24; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Psalm 89:35-36
22      Isaiah 7:14; 8:5-10; 9:2-6; 11:1-5; 53
23      Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-56; Genesis 17:19; Psalm 132:11-18; Galatians 3:16

         As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold; As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright; so, most gracious Lord, may we evermore be led to thee. As with joyous steps they sped to that lowly manger bed, There to bend the knee before Him whom heaven and earth adore, so may we with willing feet ever seek Thy mercy seat. As they offered gifts most rare at that manger rude and bare, So may we with holy joy, Pure, and free from sin’s alloy, all our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King. (Worship in Song, No. 173)

24      Luke 2:1-20; Colossians 1:15-23; Isaiah 43:1-3; 45:22
25      John 1:1-34; 3:14-21, 36; 6:35-51; 12:44-45
26      Leviticus 12; Luke 2:21-40; Isaiah 42:1-9; 8:13-17; 40:1-11; John 10:11; Psalm 23
27      Micah 5:1-5; Matthew 2
28      Luke 2:41-52; Proverbs 3:1-6
29      Luke 3:1-23a; John 1:1-34
30      Matthew 11:1-15; Mark 6:6b-29; Matthew 10:32-42

31      Psalm 90; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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