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This Sunday In My Church

February 23, 2014

7th Sunday after Epiphany

Prelude: They’ll Know We Are Christians [Douglas E Wagner]

                            Winchester Bells

Call to Worship

Opening Hymn: Christ is Made the Sure Foundation [Regent Square]

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Response of Thanksgiving: In Babilone

Sharing the Peace

Children’s Sermon

Anthem: Christ, Our God, Descended from Heaven [Alan Bullard]

Prayer for Illumination

Old Testament Lesson: Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18

Sung Psalm: 119:33-40 [Maryton]

New Testament Lesson: I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48


Sermon Hymn: Seek Ye First [Lafferty]

Affirmation of Faith: from A Brief Statement of Faith

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering Invitation

Offertory: The Church’s One Foundation [Andrew Moore]

The Doxology: Puer Nobis Nascitur

Prayer of Dedication

Sermon Hymn: Take My Life [Hendon]

Charge and Benediction

Benedictory Response: Called as Partners in Christ’s Service [Beecher]

Closing Voluntary: Marcietta [Theodore Dubois]

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For the third time, I made William Davis’ Chocolate Chip Cookies and became very ill. I finally realized that although it’s a tasty recipe – I’m still experimenting with sugar substitutes – it does contain 4 cups almond flour. Throughout the day I had 4 or 5 cookies and that’s too heavy a dose of nuts, even ground-up nuts, for me. I’ve decided to cut back on cookies for a while and concentrate on food-food.

I made Elana Amsterdam’s Paleo 2 recipe once again and still find it the best bread recipe. Last week I put a pic of the bread toasted with butter and fruit jelly. Here’s a pic of it with peanut butter and jelly, okay it’s almond butter and all-fruit jelly but it tastes nearly as good as the real thing. http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-bread-20/

On the right is my easiest recreation, salmon patties. I made the same way with finely minced onion and eggs, simply substituting coconut flour for the cornmeal or crackers I typically used. Also sautéed them in coconut oil.

pb butter jelly sandwichsalmon patties






One of my favorite foods is nachos, which I usually have loaded with refried beans and unloaded with any meat. I made the tortilla chips from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain. She is an excellent baker and I found it difficult to emulate her roll-out of the batter – made with almond flour – to 1/16th” between parchment paper. Almond flour is extremely sticky and peeling off the top parchment paper layer was frustrating so I ended up making the dough thicker, which makes for a less-crisp chip. The chips also get a little soggy with all the stuff thrown on. So mixed success, but the nachos were still delicious and next I’m either trying a different recipe or putting on my big-girl bloomers and rolling out a newer, thinner batch. Haven’t decided yet. I made fresh guacamole with minced grape tomatoes and lime juice, and added that to the nachos with sautéed onions and grass-fed ground beef, shredded full-fat sharp Cheddar, full-fat sour cream, salsa, chopped scallions, and stuffed green olives. Yum. Nachos pic below.


tortilla chips








I also made a nice Nicoise Salad with virtually no modification. I didn’t use my much-loved cannellini beans but I did use eggs from pasture-fed chicks and yellow-fin tuna packed in olive oil. Added typical Kalamata olives, tomatoes, romaine, scallions and steamed Yukon Gold mini potatoes -just a very few – and whole fresh green beans. For a vinaigrette, I used the Barefoot Contessa’s simple recipe of 1/4 c fresh lemon juice, 1/2 c EVOO, salt/pepper. Can’t be beat, although it’s nice to add some herbs to, if desired. http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/ina-garten/recipes.html

nicoise salad

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The book on my nightstand

It just occurred to me everything I read this week was nonfiction. That’s a mistake, I like to read some fun stuff too. I did look at some seed catalogs so that’s definitely fun reading.

I reread Winston Churchill’s The Gathering Storm [Houghton Mifflin, 1948] and realized why quite a bit missed the mark 25 or 30 years ago. Not only did I not know a great deal about the period between WWI and WWII but Churchill omits quite a bit of identifying info for the sake of brevity. The book is still 784 pages so I’m not complaining, and I now know the missing links.  Churchill is a heck of a writer and has a perspective like none other. I’ve developed a little more interest in some of the weaponry/equipment and found the technical appendices more meaningful this time, too. One other thing I noticed is his defense of France’s reticence in confronting Hitler, a defense that was more understanding that most of us have today. Churchill isn’t one of the ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’ adherents, instead sympathetically pointing to the tremendous population drain among men of fighting age from the wars/conflicts with Germany. He also points out the greater danger to France because of its proximity to Germany.

I also read this little book by historian Stanley Weintraub 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 [Simon & Schuster, 2006. I’ve read a couple of his earlier books. There’s been a lot written about the Battle of the Bulge but it was still interesting, contains some insinuations based on conjecture, e.g., Ike and Kay Summersby, and some opinions, including Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. Weintraub isn’t a big fan but it’s always striking to note the extreme opinions that Monty seems to invoke. Lots of info about Lt General George Patton, and about specific troop movements, some of which is over my head.

I also read Chris Kresser’s Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life [Little, Brown and Company, 2013]. Whew, the title and scope of the book alone  wore me out. One reason I like Kresser is he’s interested in those of us switching from vegetarian to paleo.

Somewhat irrelevant is this video of author/historian M Stanton Evans introduction  Diana West receiving the Mightier Pen Award upon publication of her new book American Betrayal, which I haven’t read. I’ve read a couple things by Evans in years past but hadn’t heard from him in a while. He’s always witty and I love his anecdote of the young woman reporter labeling WWII as “World War Eleven.” The whole video is funny and it’s only a few minutes, worth a listen. His theory of Inadequate Paranoia is certainly applicable in America today.


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h/t to http://smalldeadanimals.com  This is a catchy tune. A fun Friday evening to you.



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More stay-at-home success?

Good grief, how stupid does this White House think we are? [Thinking of wealth-hatred, abysmal employment record, Romney dog outrage, 1% nonsense, ObamaCare lies, passing bills w/o reading, AGW rhetoric, using voter ID to stir up racism, hostility to military, food deserts, hypocrisy on environment, hypocrisy on donors, awful record on ambassadors, horrible national debt, fake stimulus that went to cronies, Cash for Clunkers debacle,  etc] Okay it might work with some people.


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Don’t anybody be acting surprised, this was all in ObamaCare all along but supporters called anyone racist or stupid or j political who tried to warn us. http://www.jammiewf.com/2014/another-obamacare-success-story-tax-on-medical-devices-has-already-freed-33000-from-jobs/

Community organizers in a poverty-stricken area of Portland objected to a new Trader Joe’s being built there so the store has decided not to build. Guess that’s a “success” for the organizers. Please note that the community organizers were black and protested the “gentrification” by Trader Joe’s, while accusing the grocery chain of …… “racism.”. Curiously the area is only 25% black but I keep seeing that word “gentrification” everywhere now. The new talking points, designed to provide an aura of scholarship/meaning before surprised listeners discover that it’s only the newest jargon of victimization. http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Community-Organizers-Chase-Trader-Joe-s-Out-of-Portlandia

Some people, like entertainment celebrities, are working but while they fly about supporting Obama and his higher taxes and wealth redistribution, Hollywood wants tax cuts. It’s not just hypocrisy. Hollywood and the entire entertainment industry enjoy great tax breaks from the federal and state governments. We need to end the tax cuts for Hollywood and let them truly pay their “fair share.” http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/17/hollywood-asks-california-to-cut-taxes-for-the-film-industry/

For example, http://www.economics21.org/commentary/%E2%80%9Cwolf-wall-street%E2%80%9D-won-oscar-best-tax-break#.UtqS1g1NkNU.facebook


The Lecturer-in-Chief likes to talk equal pay but doesn’t walk the walk. No surprise there, the Obama admin has a long history of lecturing on sacrifice but then spending like bandits or lecturing on carbon but then using an inordinate amount on a daily basis or lecturing on civility but then routinely spelling out nastiness. http://michellemalkin.com/2014/02/01/big-surprise-white-house-doesnt-want-its-own-equal-pay-yardstick-used-to-measure-equality-of-white-house-pay/

Of course, that whole ‘women only make 77 cents to a man’s $1’ has been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked. You wanna make more money, women? Go into difficult studies that lead to difficult and often risky jobs with long hours, and while taking breaks from work to raise the kids or whatever, don’t expect equal status from men who stayed working and missing those niceties.  http://althouse.blogspot.com/2014/02/much-of-wage-gap-can-be-explained-away.html

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