You are invited to the in-person Father’s Day Service on June 18 at 10 am. There will be gifts to all the fathers and grown men as we honor and celebrate fathers. The bulletin for this Sunday is available for viewing HERE.
You can worship live on ZOOM by clicking the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9658816441 or Meeting ID: 965 881 6441
You can also watch Sunday services at your convenience by going to our website “watsonville1stumc.org” and click YouTube or Facebook. Each Sunday worship will be uploaded on Sunday afternoon for your viewing.
Father’s Day Sunday
Sunday, June 18, 2023, 10 am
Children’s Time “Story of Maasai Warriors” Pastor John
Special Music According To Thy Loving-kindness, Father
Duet: Edgar & Solida Estioko
Cuban Melody. Words translated by Robert Savage. Arranged by Norman Johnson
Message “What Defines a Man?” Rev. John Song
Suck it up. Stuff it down. Pour a bottle of whiskey over the top. Rinse and repeat until sufficiently numbed. This is the step-by-step doctrine men are taught. Men have traded in their fully being human to the American myth of masculinity.
In my high school during PE class, we were told by our PE teacher to run around the track 5 times. After the first lap, there were kids gasping for air and stopped running and walking. The PE teacher commented as he shook his head, “They don’t make boys like they used to.”
From our current masculinity crisis, men need to destigmatize their vulnerable inner work by reframing it as a kind of psychological warrior training that many men can relate to and have been craving. Men’s inner work can address the hidden and rejected aspects of themselves — factors that lead to self-sabotage, shame, and depression.
We will examine the TV hit series “Ted Lasso” to get at the heart of answering the question, “What Defines a Man?” In 2021, “Ted Lasso” won a Peabody award. The citation recognizes the series for “offering the perfect counter to the enduring prevalence of toxic masculinity, both on-screen and off, in a moment when the nation truly needs inspiring models of masculinity with a tender heart that practices kindness.
How can men heal from their psychological and emotional wounds and return to society in a way that is both empowering personally and benefits society? The goal of men’s work is not only to become a better man, but a better participant in the collective enterprise of living as fully human.