be on guard // hymn #2 of challenge

The second hymn, Be On Guard, for my hymn challenge is complete!

October 31 // Reformation

Mark 13:5-11, Signs of the End of Age

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines.

These are the beginning of birth pains. You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.

Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”

Notice that I changed the hymn text from the previous edition. I hope this version is heard as if it was spoken better than before.

I also added a fourth verse based off of Psalm 46, which is also the psalm that Martin Luther based his reformation hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

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cozy cooking // johnny cake

I am BIG on comfort food.

While living far away from family and friends it helps to cook recipes that remind me of the ones I love.

Growing up in the Midwest, Autumn was a chilly time of year. Down went the temperature outside and up went the use of the oven.

Johnny cake is simply hot cornbread with warm milk and syrup  poured over the top. Making this breakfast is a trip down memory lane for me to the autumns of Wisconsin and childhood.

I didn’t get the chance to take pictures of the johnny cake as mornings go fast here and we ate it all up. The picture of the cornbread in cast iron makes me feel cozy like in my flannels just looking at it!

The ends are perfectly crispy. The trick is to preheat the cast iron in the oven and add 1 tablespoon of butter (swirl it around) before pouring in the batter.

Below is a recipe that is included in my 2012 Susan Branch calendar and I had to try it for our johnny cakes. Don’t skip on the ginger or making the (honey) bee butter… did I mention I like butter?

There you have it! Now just cut it hot and place it in a cereal bowl. Pour milk and some pure maple syrup over to help cool it down . mmm…. enjoy.

be on guard // hymn #2 melody

I sat at the piano pondering the words that Jesus said in Mark 13:5-11,

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines.

These are the beginning of birth pains. You must be on your guard.

You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues.

On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.

And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.

Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”

While thinking on the words Jesus spoke for the Reformation hymn I began playing the piano in d minor. As I progressed to Jesus’ words on not worrying and being His witnesses I couldn’t help but turn tonally and lift the verses to d minor’s relative major key – F! I like how this melody reflects the text and am anticipating to compose the rest of the voices this week.

I attempted the recording below while my children were sleeping and I was holding a bit back

– but feel free to sing along!

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