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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


June 2021

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1     Luke 11:29-32; Jonah 1; Psalm 89:9; 107:29
2     Jonah 2; Jeremiah 10:1-16; Psalm 88
3     Jonah 3; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Isaiah 29:16; Romans 9:19-26
4     Jonah 4; Joel 2:12-14; Psalm 72
5     Jeremiah 1:1-10; 5:14; Exodus 4:10-12; Isaiah 51:12-16; Mark 10:17-20; John 12:47-50
6     Jeremiah 1:11-19; Micah 4:1-7; Romans 2:5-16; John 4:27-42; Matthew 9:35-38

If my people’s hearts are humbled, if they pray and seek my face; if they turn away from evil, I will not withhold my grace. I will hear their prayers from heaven; I will pardon every sin. If my people’s hearts are humbled, I will surely heal their land. Then my eyes will see their sorrow, then my ears will hear their plea. If my people’s hearts are humbled, I will set their nation free. (Australian Hymn, No. 278)

7     Jeremiah 2:1-13; 2 Kings 17:1-23; Isaiah 44:6-23; Romans 1:18-22; Psalm 51:1-17
8     Jeremiah 3:6-25; Psalm 16; Colossians 1:9-23; Romans 1:28-2:16; 1 Peter 1:3-9
9     Jeremiah 4; Amos 5; Malachi 4:1-6
10   Genesis 6:1-8; Genesis 18:16-33; Jeremiah 5:1-19; 1 Peter 3:8-22
11   Jeremiah 5:20-31; Isaiah 59:1-15; Ecclesiastes 7:27-29; Psalm 94; Hebrews 10:26-31
12   Jeremiah 6; Deuteronomy 32:1-47; Isaiah 42:18-25; 2 Timothy 4:1-5
13   1 Kings 9:1-9; Jeremiah 7:1-20; Ezekiel 18:29-32; Romans 7:1-8:4

O God, our Help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our Shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal Home: Under the shadow of Thy throne, still may we dwell secure; Sufficient is Thine arm alone and our defense is sure. Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame, From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same. O God, our Help in ages past, our hope for years to come, Be Thou our Guide while life shall last, And our eternal Home. (Worship in Song, No. 14)

14   Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 2 Kings 21:1-15; 2 Kings 23:1-25; I Corinthians 3:16-17
15   Jeremiah 8:4-9:6; Isaiah1:1-20; Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:12-17; Matthew 7:15-20
16   Jeremiah 10:1-16; Isaiah 40:21-31; John 1:1-14; Colossians 1:15-23
17   Deuteronomy 29-30; Jeremiah 11:1-17
18   Exodus 20:1-21; Deuteronomy 12-13; Jeremiah 13
19   Jeremiah 14; 17:1-10; Deuteronomy 28:15-24; Ezekiel 34:20-31
20   Jeremiah 16:10-21; 1 Kings 9:6-9; Psalm 106:40-45: Psalm 107

Before the Lord we bow, the God who reigns above, And rules the world below, boundless in power and love. Our thanks we bring in joy and praise, our hearts we raise to heaven’s high king. Earth, hear thy Maker’s voice, thy great Redeemer own. Believe, obey, rejoice, and worship Him alone. Cast down thy pride, thy sin deplore, and bow before the Crucified. (Lutheran Worship, No. 500)

21   Jeremiah 17:19-27; Exodus 20:2-17; Isaiah 56; Matthew 12:1-14; Hebrews 4:1-13
22   Jeremiah 18:1-11; Isaiah 29:13-16; 64:8-12; Romans 9:14-21
23   Jeremiah 22:13-23; Jeremiah 33:14-16; Zechariah 9:9-17; Matthew 7:15-25
24   Jeremiah 23:1-8; Isaiah 53:1-7; Acts 7:51-53; Psalm 43
25   Jeremiah 23:9-15; Micah 2:6-11; Ezekiel 13; 1 John 4:1-6; 2 Peter 2:1-3
26   Jeremiah 23:16-40; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Peter 2; James 3:1
27   Jeremiah 24; Romans 9; James 2:14-26

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me After Thy will, While I am waiting, Yielded and still. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Search me and try me, Master, today. Whiter than snow, Lord, Wash me just now, As in Thy presence Humbly I bow. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own Way! Fill with Thy Spirit Till all shall see Christ only, always Living in me! (The Hymnbook, No. 302)

28   Jeremiah 25:1-14; Psalm 28; 94
29   Jeremiah 25:15-38; Psalm 44; 71
30   Jeremiah 29:1-14; Romans 10