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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


November 2021

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1 Acts 19:1-20; 20:13-38; Revelation 2:1-7;
1 John 4:1-6; 2 John 4-11

2 James 2:5; Revelation 2:8-11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 

Romans 5:3-5; James 1:1-12

3 Revelation 2:12-17 (see Num. 22-25); 2 Peter 2

4 1 Kings 16:29-34; 18:1-4, 17-21; 19:1-4; 21:5-23; 

Revelation 2:18-29; 2 Peter 3:9

5 John 15:1-8; Luke 12:35-40; Revelation 3:1-6;
7:9-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5

6 Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 23:13-39;
1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:19-22

7 Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 19:16-30;
James 1:9-11; Hebrews 12:1-13

O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend. I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side, nor wander from the pathway if Thou will be my Guide. O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee that where Thou art in glory, there shall Thy servant be. And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; Oh give me grace to follow my Master and my Friend. (Hymns for the Family of God, #402)

8 Isaiah 6:1-5; Ezekiel 1; Revelation 4; 1:4-6;
Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-23 

9 John 1:29-39; Revelation 5; Psalm 33;
Philippians 2:1-11 

10 Zechariah 1:8-17; 6:1-8; Revelation 6;
Hebrews 11; Matthew 10:17-42 

11 Revelation 7:1-8:5; 21:3-5; Psalm 23:1;
John 10:11-18; Colossians 2:2-4, 12

12 Revelation 8:6 – 9:21; Romans 1:18-32;
2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

13 Revelation 10-11; Daniel 2:44; 7:14, 27; Psalm 2

14 Matthew 2; 3:13-4:11; Revelation 12-13:1a;
Job 1:9-11; Luke 10:18; 1 Peter 5:8-11

Work for the night is coming, work through the morning hours; work while the dew is sparkling, work ‘mid the springing flowers. Work when the day grows brighter, work in the glowing sun; work for the night is coming, when man’s work is done. Work till the last beam fadeth, fadeth to shine no more; work while the night is dark’ning, when man’s work is o’er. (The Hymnbook, #297)

15 Revelation 13:1b-18; Luke 21:8-19; Romans 5:1-5; 15:4-6; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

16 Revelation 14; Jeremiah 25:15-38;
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Galatians 6:7-8

17 Revelation 15-16; Luke 12:35-40; Joel 2:13-14; 

Hebrews 12:14-29 

18 Revelation 13:1-9; 17; John 16:33; Psalm 33; 37 

19 Revelation 18; 6:9-11; Hebrews 11

20 Revelation 19; Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13; 

2 Thessalonians 2; John 3:16-21, 36

21 Revelation 20; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 2:1-16; 

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

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, who rose victorious to 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! (Hymns for the Family of God, #345)

22 Isaiah 60; 62; John 14:1-6; Revelation 21

23 Genesis 3:21-24; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-29; 3:5, 11-13, 21; 7:1-3; 22:1-21

24 Joel 1; Psalm 80:8-19; Zechariah 14; Matthew 24

25 Joel 2:1-27; Jeremiah 31

26 Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:17-21; Romans 10:5-13

27 Joel 3

28 Amos 1-2; Leviticus 20:11-12

O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service free. Tell me Thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care. Help me the slow of heart to move by some clear, winning word of love. Teach me the wayward feet to stay, and guide them in the homeward way. Teach me Thy patience! Still with Thee in closer, dearer company, In work that keeps faith sweet and strong, In trust that triumphs over wrong. In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way, in peace that only Thou canst give, With Thee, O Master, let me live. (Worship in Song, #43)

29 Amos 3-4; Deuteronomy 11:8-32

30 Amos 5:6-6:7; 9:8; Jeremiah 44:24-28; Matthew 7:21-27; Revelation 3:14-22