Sunday, October 11
The Lord’s Day
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Minute for Mission: Domestic Violence Awareness
Through the Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network, Presbyterians have assisted victims of family violence for the past 10 years. But we have done little to address those who commit violent acts, and until we do, the cycle of family violence cannot be broken.
Society conveys all kinds of messages about masculinity that mold the identity of men. Some are constructive, but many distort the truth and hinder men’s ability to effectively relate to family members.
Since 2005 I have been addressing the role of men in perpetuating violence against family members.In order to help men examine their role in intimate relationships, I developed a 13-session curriculum, Men in the Mirror: Orienting Our Lives toward a Christ-Centered Masculinity, which invites them to assess their relational skills by studying how Jesus related to others.
Men in the Mirror explores various elements of the Christ-centered relational ethic displayed in the Gospels. Through study and dialogue in small groups, the Christ-centered ethic is held before the men as a model—and challenge—for their relations with others. The curriculum is available in PDF form in English and Spanish at pcusa.org/padvn and phewacommunity.org.
—Rev. Dr. Kevin E. Frederick: Waldensian Presbyterian Church, Valdese, North Carolina; chair, leadership team, Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network, Presbyterian Health, Education, and Welfare Association
Let us pray
Holy and merciful God, you have created us, male and female, in your image and called us very good, but we distort our identity and our relationships through self-centeredness and control. Open us to the teachings of Jesus Christ, that we might find new direction and understanding as we create healthy and holy relationships with those we love. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
Job 23:1–9, 16–17
“Hear My Prayer, O God”
“Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me”
GTG 210, PH 168
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus" /
GTG 465, HB 385, PH 403
“Will You Come and Follow Me” /