Friday, October 11, 2019

Family Bread Recipe

7 cups flour
1/2 c oil
1/2 c sugar
2 c water
1 TBS yeast
1 tsp salt
1 egg

Put flour, oil, sugar, salt and egg in mixing bowl.
Dissolve yeast in body temperature water (test on the inside of your wrist.)
Pour water & yeast into the bowl. mix through.
Mix 2 minutes with a kitchen aid mixer or knead until elasticy.
Put in a big, greased bowl. Cover and rise until doubled in size. Punch it down.
Cut dough in half if making bread; shape and put each in greased bread pans.
For rolls: shape and put onto greased cookie sheet.
Whether bread or rolls, let rise again, until doubled in size.

Bread: Bake in a 350* oven until golden brown; about 40-45 minutes.
Rolls - Bake in a 350* oven until golden brown; about 15-25 minutes.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


I was looking through my facebook memories today and this one popped up. I didn't even remember writing it ....
As I was thinking about the bad stuff of the day from 9/11 and yet how much it bugs me to think on the bad stuff, my mind turned to another time that we honor & celebrate the bad stuff: Easter.
Then I had to ask myself what was different about celebrating/honoring 9/11 with the "never forget" but that Easter didn't cause that feeling for me. What is the difference?
After all, during Holy Week, most Christians do not shy away from celebrating Palm Sunday, reading about the moment that Jesus rode into Bethlehem on a donkey and then end with shouts of "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
For the entire next week, we let those words soak into our minds and hearts. We wash each other's feet on Thursday and end with the Altar and all of the sanctuary stripped of anything that tells us "Jesus is here." And we feel that, right to our core.
What if we left it right there? What would we become?
I imagine that we would hate the Jews who wanted Jesus dead. We'd think that Judas deserved every bad thing that came to him, including his own death by suicide.
We'd end with anger and hatred and sadness.
But we don't leave it there. We remember the redemption that happened.
The women found the stone rolled away. They saw the tomb empty - where was their Rabbi? They were heartbroken and left to go home. But Mary Magdalene stayed behind and found the gardner and asked where they had layed Jesus - she would take him away if they wanted her to.
And the person that she thought to be the gardner turned out to be the Risen Lord. He had risen! He couldn't be conquered!
That was the redemption. That was the Good News. That is what we truly celebrate when we "never forget."
So today, perhaps we can use the redemptive moments of 9/11 to remember to tell everyone that we see "God bless you." And to our family and friends, "I love you, and I'm so glad that you're in my life." And count our lucky stars for those of our loved ones who are alive and still with us.
Because that is the redemption of 9/11 that causes us to be better people; people who had their hearts broken yet healed because of the love of our family, friends, and God.
We can have terrible things happen, and we still rise. Because we are made of the same stuff as God, because we have a measure of His Divinity is us too.

♥ Melody

Monday, September 9, 2019

"After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, 'Drink this, all of you'" (from the Book of Common Prayer)

A few months ago, I went to an EfM Mentor training (what is that?). It began on a Friday at 1 p.m. and went through Sunday at 1 p.m.
On Saturday, after we'd done our training for the day, we went to supper, walking to a restaurant downtown.
Our trainer was an Episcopal Priest.
After we'd finished our supper and was getting ready to go back, she asked if we'd like to do communion right there at our table in the restaurant. She told us that if anyone felt uncomfortable and objected, we would not do the ceremony. We all agreed that we'd like to.

So she bought more bread that we'd eaten as an appetizer, and she bought a glass of wine. She improvised with the linens, and she started the liturgy (for the Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer) from memory --

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took
bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and
gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body,
which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

When she got to this line, I felt electricity and such a powerful feeling, because we, too, had just finished supper - 
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given
thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you:
This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you
and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink
it, do this for the remembrance of me."

The rest of the liturgy followed, and then very thoughtfully each of us gave the bread and wine to each other, feeding each other just as Jesus's disciples had done in the upper room.
It was such a solemn experience that took my mind to how it must have been to have eaten that Last Supper with the Lord. It was such an absolutely powerful experience.

♥ Melody