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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


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

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)

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
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


“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, #484)

1    Isaiah 40; Matthew 3:1-3; Mark 1:4
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

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, #151)

8   Mark 6:6b-29; Luke 14:26-27; Matthew 10:17-23
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

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 hope 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, #171)

15   Hebrews 1-2
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

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! (Hymnbook, #140)

22   Romans 10-11
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

Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known; join in a song with sweet accord, join in a song with sweet accord and thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne. The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets before we reach the heavenly fields, before we reach the heavenly fields, or walk the golden streets, or walk the golden streets. We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion. We’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God. (Worship in Song, #75)

29   John 1:1-34; Ephesians 1:1-14
30   John 3; 5:24; 1 John 3
31   Psalm 90; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10