Old Moon

NASA.gov/feature/super-blue-blood-moon-coming-jan-31

Old ✓\✓\ oon
I like to look outside of me
this is where I want to be
you have a pull on me to turn my world around
to make that moon something I’m bound
I found what works so I’ll write it down
brighter than most you appear
then hide your face again
so take your time, slow moving moon
who can escape it’s Maker?
time kills everything but you
~ §tacy §weeney

Lemons & Lime

Winslow Homer
Woman Peeling a Lemon

Lemons & Lime

I know how to make a good first impression. I prefaced my first remarks to my new neurologist by saying, “I know this is going to sound irrational, but I had a dream.” shrugging my shoulders for all I was worth.

Most people do not do well with a hunch or lucid dreams, but he had a PhD and I thought he would understand. In my last ditch effort, I broke it down comedic style, and all my years of schooling went out the window.

I have been sitting on this dream a long time, and it continues to come into my conversations unannounced with one absorbing objective…to collide head on with normal.

“In my dream a doctor told me that my MS was caused by the curvature of my spine and lime. Upon hearing this smashing speech I promptly thought I needed a prescription for lots of limes. I started to show signs of severe vitamin deficiency at the time. Then the question came of excessive lime and zinc exposure from the nearby Tennessee mineral industry. Do you like these theories? Then I heard about Lyme disease, rather hard luck I should say. So, what protocol do you use for Lyme? Never mind. I want you to call in low dose Naltrexone to Pavilion Compounding Pharmacy here in Atlanta, and I want to start at the lowest dose of 1.5mg.” I requested in my most important looking manner.

I thought he was going to fall off his stool, but he took it in stride and laughed until he could laugh no more.

“Don’t put me down yet. Though I have not dreamed another wink, I still have plenty of life left. I have made up my mind to sink my well six hundred feet deeper and to keep on drilling. And I will hold on until I have conquered this thing with a special thrill.” I stated

~ §tacy §weeney

January 5 ~ Jesus Appears

•The Work of the Holy Spirit•
Background @ John 13:1 and John 14:15-31 (Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit)
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 16:5-33

•The Prayer of Jesus•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 17:1-26

•Jesus Prays in Gethsemane•
Background @ Luke 22:7-13 (the last supper)
@ Luke 22:14-30 (Jesus predicts his betrayal)
@ Luke 22:31-38 (Jesus predicts Peter’s betrayal)
@ John 18:1
After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees.
Story @ Mark 14:32-42 || @ Matthew 26:36-46 || @ Luke 22:39-46

•Jesus Betrayed and Arrested•
Background @ Luke 18:1-2
After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples.
Story @ Mark 14:43-52 || @ Matthew 26:47-56 || @ Luke 22:47-53 || @ John 18:3-11

•Jesus Before the Council•
Background @ Mark 14:43-52 || @ Matthew 26:47-56 || @ Luke 22:47-53 || @ John 18:3-11 (Jesus betrayed and arrested)
Matthew 26:57-58
Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and the elders had gathered. Meanwhile Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.
Story @ Mark 14:53-65 || @ Matthew 26:57-68

•Peter Denies Jesus•
Background @ John 13:31-38 (Jesus predicts Peter’s denial)
@ John 18:15-18 (Peter’s first denial)
@ Mark 14:53-65 || @ Matthew 26:57-68 (Jesus before the council)
@ Luke 22:54-56
So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there.
Story @ Mark 14:66-72 || @ Matthew 26:69-75 || @ Luke 22:54-62 || @ John 18:25-27

John Singer Sargent

•Judas Hangs Himself•
Background @ Luke 22:7-13 (the last supper)
@ Luke 22:14-30 (Jesus predicts his betrayal)
@ John 18:1-2 || @ Mark 14:32-42 || @ Matthew 26:36-46 || @ Luke 22:39-46 (Jesus prays in Gethsemane)
@ Mark 14:43-52 || @ Matthew 26:47-56 || @ Luke 22:47-53 || @ John 18:3-11 (Jesus betrayed and arrested)
@ Matthew 27:3-4
When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.”
Story @ Matthew 27:3-10

•Pilate’s Judgement Hall•
Background @ John 18:12-14 (Annas questions Jesus)
@ John 18:19-24 (high priest questions Jesus)
@ Matthew 27:11
Now Jesus was standing before Pilate, the Roman governor. “Are you the king of the Jews?” the governor asked him.
Story @ Mark 15:2-5 || @ Matthew 27:11-14 || @ Luke 23:1-12 || @ John 18:28-40

•Jesus Sentenced to Death•
Background @ Mark 15:2-5 || @ Matthew 27:11-14 || @ Luke 23:1-12 || @ John 18:28-40 (Jesus’ trial before Pilate)
@ Luke 23:13-14a
Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, and he announced his verdict.
Story @ Mark 15:6-15 || @ Matthew 27:15-26 || @ Luke 23:13-25 || @ John 19:1-16

•The Soldiers Mock Jesus•
Background @ Mark 15:16
The soldiers took Jesus into the courtyard of the governor’s headquarters (called the Praetorium) and called out the entire regiment.
Story @ Mark 15:16-20 || Matthew 27:27-31 || @ Luke 22:63-65

Winslow Homer
Observations on Shipboard

•The Crucifixion•
Background @ Mark 15:16-20 || Matthew 27:27-31 || @ Luke 22:63-65 (soldiers mock Jesus)
@John 19:17
Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (Golgotha in Hebrew). Jesus’ crucifixion and death took place either on Friday, April 7, AD 30, or on Friday, April 3, AD 33.
Story @ Mark 15:21-32 || @ Matthew 27:32-44 || @ Luke 23:26-43 || @ John 19:17-27

•The Death of Jesus•
Background @ @ Mark 15:21-32 || @ Matthew 27:32-44 || @ Luke 23:26-43 || @ John 19:17-27 (the crucifixion)
@ Matthew 27:45
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. A sign announced the charge against him. It read, “The King of the Jews.” At noon darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. Jesus’ crucifixion and death took place either on Friday, April 7, AD 30, or on Friday, April 3, AD 33.
Story @ Mark 15:33-41 || @ Matthew 27:45-56 || Luke 23:44-49 || @ John 19:28-37

•The Burial of Jesus•
Background @ Mark 15:42-43
This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath. As evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.)
Story @ Mark 15:42-47 || @ Matthew 27:57-66 || @ Luke 23:50-56 || @ John 19:38-42

•The Resurrection•
Background @ Matthew 28:1
Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
Story @ Mark 16:1-11 || @ Matthew 28:1-15 || @ Luke 24:1-12 || @ John 20:1-18

•The Walk to Emmaus•
Background @ Luke 24:13-14
That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened.
Story @ Luke 24:13-34

 

Winslow Homer
1836-1910
American Naturalist painter, illustrator, engraver and etcher
Waiting for the Boats
1873
Watercolor on paper

•The Story of Jesus Appears to the Disciples•
MUSIC & HYMNS: themes of trust
PSALMS RESPONSIVE READING @ Psalms 18:1-15 (NLT)
SCRIPTURE @ 1 Corinthians 15:12-2o (NLT)
NARRATE the BACKGROUND @ Luke 24:35 (NLT)
Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking bread.
NARRATE the STORY @ Luke 24:35-43 || @ Mark 16:12-14 || @ John 20:19-29
PRAYER of Thomas: “My Lord and my God”

 

•Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples•
Background @ John 21:1
Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened.
Story @ John 21:1-14 (NLT)

Winslow Homer
1836-1910
American Naturalist painter, illustrator, engraver and etcher
The Herring Net
1885
Oil on canvas
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago | United States

•Jesus Challenges Peter•
Background @ John 21:15
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?
Story @ John 21:15-25

•The Great Commission•
Background @ John 1:35-51 (the first disciples)
@ Mark 1:16-20 || @ Matthew 4:18-22 (the disciples follow Jesus)
@ Mark 2:13-17 || @ Matthew 9:9-13 || @ Luke 5:27-32 (Jesus calls Levi Matthew)
@ Mark 3:7-19 || @ Luke 6:12-16 (Jesus chooses the 12 apostles)
@ Mark 6:7-13 || @ Matthew 10:1-42 || Luke 9:1-6 (Jesus sends out the 12 apostles)
@ Matthew 28:16
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
Story @ Matthew 28:16-20 || @ Mark 16:15-18 || @ Luke 24:44-49

Winslow Homer
1836-1910
American Naturalist painter, illustrator, engraver and etcher
The Berry Pickers
1873
Watercolor on paper

•The Ascension•
Background @ Mark 16:19
When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Story @ Mark 16:19-20 || @ Luke 24:50-53

•A New Year’s Letter From Luke•
“In my first book I told you about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the 40 days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.” ~ Luke  Acts 1:1-3

John Singer Sargent | 1856-1925 | American painter, draftsman, sculptor, portraitist, muralist, watercolorist and guitarist | Padre Sebastiano | circa 1904 | 56.5 x 71.1 cms | 22 1/4 x 28 ins Watercolor on paper | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Manhattan | United States

~ §tacy §weeney

January 4 ~ The Story of the Ten Bridesmaids


Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
The Fountains at Night, World’s Columbian Exposition
Oil on canvas
1893
Bowdoin College Museum of Art (United States)

•The Story of the Ten Bridesmaids•
Background @ Matthew 25:1
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.”
Story @ Matthew 25:1-13

•The Story of the Three Servants•
Background @ Matthew 25:14a
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip.”
Story @ Matthew 25:14-30

•The Final Judgement•
Background @ Matthew 25:31
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne.”
Story @ Matthew 25:31-46

•The Last Supper•
Background @ Matthew 26:1-2 || @ Mark 14:1-2,10,11 || @ Luke 22:1-6
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
Story @ Mark 14:12-16 || @ Matthew 26:17-30 || @ Luke 22:7-13

•The Story of Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet•
MUSIC & HYMNS: break bread, wine, and water themes
PSALMS RESPONSIVE READING @ Psalms 51:1-10
SCRIPTURE @ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
NARRATE the BACKGROUND @ Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16 and @ John 13:1
One of the 12 disciples, called Judas Iscariot, went into the chief priests and said unto them, “What will you give me and I will deliver him unto you?” And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. In an upper chamber of a dwelling in Jerusalem, Christ was sitting at a table with his disciples. They had gathered to celebrate the Passover Festival. At a feast it was customary for a servant to wash the feet of the guests, and on this occasion preparation had been made for the service. The pitcher of water, the basin, and the towel were there, in readiness for the feet washing. Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
NARRATE the STORY @ John 13:1-17
COMMUNION & FOOT WASHING CEREMONY
BLESSINGS @ Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV) “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
AUTHENTIC 7 COURSE MESSIAH MEAL to be served in the Fellowship Hall following today’s service.

•Jesus Predicts His Betrayal•
Background @ John 13:1
@ Mark 14:10,11 || @ Matthew 26:14-16
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end. Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted when they heard why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
Story @ John 13:18-30 || @ Mark 14:17-26 || @ Matthew 26:20-30 || @ Luke 22:14-30

•Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 13:31-38 || @ Mark 14:27-31 || @ Matthew 26:31-35 || @ Luke 22:31-38

•Jesus the Way to the Father•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 14:1-14

•Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit•
Background @ John 13:1 and 14:15-16
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end. He said, “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” What is it like to receive a promise like that and not trust it?
Story @ John 14:15-31

Winslow Homer
1836-1910
American Naturalist painter, illustrator, engraver and etcher
For the Farmer’s Boy (old English Song)
1887
Watercolor on paper
The Brooklyn Museum
| United States

•Jesus the True Vine•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 15:1-17

•The World’s Hatred•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 15:18-27 through 16:4
~ §tacy §weeney

January 3 ~ Jesus Foretells the Future

Winslow Homer
1836-1910
American Naturalist painter, illustrator, engraver and etcher
The Brierwood Pipe
1864
Oil on canvas
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland | United States

 

•Jesus Foretells the Future•
Background @ Mark 13:1
As Jesus was leaving the Temple that day, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings! Look at the impressive stones in the walls.”
Story @ Mark 13:1-37 || @ Matthew 24:1-51 || @ Luke 21:5-38

~ §tacy §weeney

January 2 ~ The King is Coming


Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
A Rainy Day in Camp
Oil on canvas
1871
Private collection

•The Triumphal Entry•
Background @ John 12:12-13a
The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him.
Story @ Mark 11:1-11 || @ Matthew 21:1-11 || @ Luke 19:28-40 || @ John 12:12-19

•Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem•
Background @ Luke 19:41
But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep.
Story @ Luke 19:41-44

•Jesus Predicts His Death Again and Again•
Background @ @ Mark 9:30-32 || @ Matthew 17:22-23 || @ Luke 9:43b-45 (Jesus predicts his death)
@ Mark 10:32-34 || @ Matthew 20:17-19 || @ Luke 18:31-34 (Jesus again predicts his death)
John 12:20-21
Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.”
Story @ John 12:20-36

•The Unbelief of the People•
Background @ John 12:37
But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.
Story @ John 12:37-50

•Jesus Curses the Fig Tree•
Background @ Matthew 21:18
In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry,
Story @ Mark 11:12-14, 20-25 || Matthew 21:18-22

•Jesus Clears the Temple•
Background @ Mark 11:15a
When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple.
Story @ Mark 11:15-19 || @ Matthew 21:12-17 || @ Luke 19:45-48

•The Authority of Jesus Challenged•
Background @ Luke 20:1
One day as Jesus was teaching the people and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him.
Story @ Mark 11:27-33 || @ Matthew 21:23-27 || @ Luke 20:1-8

•The Story of the Two Sons•
Background @ Matthew 21:28a
“But what do you think about this?” Jesus asked.
Story @ Matthew 21:28-32

Winslow Homer 1836-1910 American Naturalist painter, illustrator, engraver and etcher A Wall, Nassau 1898 37.8 x 54.3 cms | 14 3/4 x 21 1/4 ins Watercolor and graphite on off

•The Story of the Evil Farmers•
Background @ Mark 12:1a
Then Jesus began teaching them with stories.
Story @ Mark 12:1-12 || @ Matthew 21:33-46 || @ Luke 20:9-19

•The Story of the Great Feast•
Background @ Matthew 22:1-2
Jesus also told them other parables. He said, “The kingdom of heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son.
Story @ Matthew 22:1-14

•Taxes for Caesar•
Background @ Mark 12:13
Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.
Story @ Mark 12:13-17 || @ Matthew 22:15-22 || @ Luke 20:20-26

•Discussion about Resurrection•
Background @ Mark 12:18
Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees – religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question:
Story @ Mark 12:18-27 || @ Matthew 22:23-33 || @ Luke 20:27-40

•The Most Important Commandment•
Background @ Mark 12:28
One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
Story @ Mark 12:28-34 || @ Matthew 22:34-40

•Whose Son is the Messiah?•
Background @ Mark 12:35
Later, as Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, he asked, “Why do the teachers of religious law claim that the Messiah is the son of David?”
Story @ Mark 12:35-40 || @ Matthew 22:41-46 || @ Luke 20:41-42

•Jesus Warns the Religious Leaders•
Background @ Matthew 23:1-3
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.
Story @ Matthew 23:1-36 || @ Luke 20:45-47

•Jesus Grieves Over Jerusalem•
Background @ Matthew 23:37
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers!”
Story @ Matthew 23:37-39

•The Widow’s Offering•
Background @ Luke 21:1
While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.
Story @ Mark 12:41-44 || @ Luke 21:1-4
~ §tacy §weeney

January 1 ~ Lazarus is Sleeping


Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Home Sweet Home
Oil on canvas
c1863
National Gallery of Art (Washington, Dist

•Lazarus is Sleeping•
Background @ John 11:1-3
A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.”
Story @ John 11:1-44

•The Ten Lepers•
Background @ Luke 17:11
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.
Story @ Luke 17:11-19

•The Coming of the Kingdom•
Background @ Luke 17:20
One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”
Story @ Luke 17:20-37

•The Story of the Persistent Widow•
Background @ Luke 18:1
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.
Story @ Luke 18:1-8

•The Story of the Pharisee and Tax Collector•
Background @ Luke 18:9
Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else.
Story @ Luke 18:9-14

•Discussion About Divorce and Marriage•
Background Mark 10:1
Then Jesus left Capernaum and went down to the region of Judea and into the area east of the Jordan River. Once again crowds gathered around him, and as usual he was teaching them.
Story @ Mark 10:1-12 || Matthew 19:1-12

•Jesus Blesses the Children•
Background @ Mark 10:13a
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them.
Story @ Mark 10:13-16 || @ Matthew 19:13-15 || Luke 18:15-17

lady_sassoon-large

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 American painter, draftsman, sculptor, portraitist, muralist, watercolorist and guitarist Lady Sassoon 1907 Oil on canvas

•The Story of the Rich Young Ruler•
MUSIC & HYMNS: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,”  “Redeemed!”
PSALMS Responsive Reading @ Psalm 50:1-6 (NIV)
SCRIPTURE @ Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: I believe the phrase, “a camel to go through the eye of a needle,” is a beautiful Hebrew hyperbole.
The Ten Commandments were written with the finger of God on 2 stone tablets @ Exodus 31:18
NARRATE the BACKGROUND @ Mark 10:13-17 (NIV)
And they brought young children to Jesus, for such is the kingdom of God. And as Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
NARRATE the STORY @ Mark 10:17-27 (NIV) || Matthew 19:16-30 || Luke 18:18-30

•The Story of the Workers in the Vineyard•
MUSIC & HYMNS:
PSALMS Responsive Reading @ Psalm 112:1-10 (NIV)
SCRIPTURE @ Isaiah 27:1-6 (NIV)
NARRATE the BACKGROUND @ Matthew 20:1-2 (NIV)
“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work.”
NARRATE the STORY @ Matthew 20:1-16 (NIV)

Winslow Homer
Farmer with a Pitchfork

•Jesus Again Predicts His Death•
Background @ Mark 9:30-32 || @ Matthew 17:22-23 || @ Luke 9:43b-45 (Jesus predicts his death)
Mark 10:32
They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear.
Story @ Mark 10:32-34 || @ Matthew 20:17-19 || @ Luke 18:31-34

•Jesus Teaches About Serving Others•
Background @ Mark 10:32a,35
They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”
Story @ Mark 10:35-45 || Matthew 20:20-28

•Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus•
Background @ Mark 10:46
Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road.
Story @ Matthew 20:29-34 || Mark 10:46-52 || @ Luke 18:35-43

•The Story of Zacchaeus•
Background @ Luke 19:1-2
Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich.
Story @ Luke 19:1-10

•The Story of the Ten Servants•
Background @ Luke 19:11
The crowd was listening to everything Jesus said. And because he was nearing Jerusalem, he told them a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away.
Story @ Luke 19:11-27

•Jesus Anointed at Bethany•
Background @ John 12:1-2
Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus – the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor.
Story @ Mark 14:3-9 || @ Matthew 26:6-13 || @ John 12:1-11
~ §tacy §weeney