The Yost Post: June 13, 2019

The Yost Post

It’s summertime. I pray our Lord Jesus guides you through a season with simple times and soulful memories as God’s Grace become yours. I’ve noticed something over the last few years: we very rarely realize while we are having seasons of simple joy, God’s presence on display, memory making that this is indeed something to remember. Having been with hundreds of people as they age, I have heard countless stories of days spent in backyards with neighbors, days when kids sat lazily around on porches, baseball games where the mediocre skills of the players was far outweighed by the laughter of a mistake or tales of an unlikely homerun. The common theme of these stories is: “These are the good times.” In other words, they are the moments of life which are often taken for granted. There will rarely be some sort of banner announcing “remember this day, it is … Read More

The Yost Post: May 29, 2019

2019 Annual Conference

2019 North Texas Annual Conference June 2 – 4, 2019 The theme for the 2019 North Texas Annual Conference is “Create!” In the beginning, when there was nothing but chaos, the voice of our Creator God cut through the darkness and brought forth light. When Abram had settled for a life in Haran, our Covenant God called him out of complacency and created a new and hope-filled trajectory for him and his people. When the old covenant was found broken and powerless to transform the human heart, our Redeeming God created a new covenant, full of grace and truth. When the first disciples were holed up in the upper room, hesitant about what to do next and waiting for direction, our Powerful God sent the Holy Spirit and created a new community – the Church. Gifted and empowered by that same creative Spirit, we now have the privilege of being … Read More

The Yost Post: April 3, 2019

Pastor's Blog

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 I was reading my devotional yesterday, which primarily centered upon how we seek and find peace in our lives. I realized how often I can let myself be distracted by some version of peace other than God’s peace. It seems to me there are several ways people intentionally and unintentionally seek peace in their lives. Marketing and products offer versions of peace. I believe we can all agree a product may be able to alleviate pain, make life simpler, even make us forget for a while. Things like these are mere shadows of the real thing, not the same thing as having peace. Another approach to peace involves trying to control the environment around us. In the devotional, the author used an example of a person seeking peace via escape … Read More

The Yost Post: February 14, 2019

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Psalm 148 I cherish being outside in the midst of nature, along flowing water, hills, mountains, animals, beautiful blue winter skies and even hazy gray days — I simply feel as though there is a chorus of God’s handiwork singing and I get to have a part in it all. Psalm 148 captures this feeling so well, “Praise him (God), you sun and moon, praise him all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens (even though we now know there is are not pools of water up there above the sky like they did when they wrote it, their sentiment comes through) … Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, creeping things (even snakes?! ugh ) and flying birds, kings of the earth and all people, princes and rulers of the earth! Young men and women … Read More

The Yost Post: January 31, 2019

Pastor's Blog

When was the last time you started something new? I’m not talking about a new Netflix series. I’m talking really entered into something new: a new town, perhaps joined the church, a new class, new employment or friendship? What was that like for you? Excitement, curiosity, danger, elation, nervous… the range of our human emotions seem endless. As a church, we have a new experience welcoming Jordan, Sharon, and Leah Cramer. Perhaps we are excited, nervous, curious or elated. I’m sure the Cramers share your feelings too! I am offering to you the same words I shared my family when we arrived in July 2017, and the same thing I shared with the Cramers: “Trust in what God has done to bring us together. We have been praying for each other for a while now, good seeds of Grace have been sown and grace will emerge. Remember, we are cheering … Read More

The Yost Post: January 16, 2019

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Thank you … … for completing our survey … for making Christmas amazing! … for Advent outreach 2018 is over and 2019 has sped in fast and hasn’t slowed down! I have a few different items to share this week. We had more than 90 people take time to participate in the survey for our Preliminary Case statement last month for the upcoming Debt Reduction Campaign. Thank You all for investing in our church’s future by giving thoughtful and insightful information. The Wesley Administrative Board will be reviewing the survey this week, and I am sure will find it equally helpful. My first glance showed that 93% of you are “satisfied or very satisfied” with the direction of the church. You shared encouragement for leaders to continue decision making which will help people connect to Jesus Christ at Wesley summed up in one word: GROWTH. An example of suggested improvements is “to help people stay better informed of … Read More

The Yost Post: December 7, 2018

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O Little Town of Bethlehem The first section of this may be a little deep, so heads up and put on some hip waders… stick with me though. I hope to help us see the Advent and Christmas story from a fresh perspective. Enjoy! The hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem” presents a contrast of common life imagined for the town and Holy Family at the time of Jesus’ birth, with the divine drama unfolding in the midst of it. This back water town plays host to the opening act of reconciliation between the created Universe and the God who made it. The Word of God is born into the most humble of circumstances, to a young mother engaged to a man who is not her baby’s father. The contrast could not be broader. It is a smash up of the very real everyday life we may imagine and the … Read More

The Yost Post: November 15, 2018

Pastor's Blog

Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World Bishop McKee was at Wesley on Sunday evening to meet with our East District churches. Wesley, we did an amazing ministry hosting, with approximately 25 people volunteering to greet, usher, provide refreshments, and serve Communion. A particular word of thanks to our Board Chair Pete Haayen for rallying everyone and ensuring Christian hospitality was extended to all. Our staff team did an amazing job! Thank you to Judy London (Visual Media) for working out several last minute changes, to Natalie Pegg for creating effective signage to guide people and helping Judy. Thank you to Brock Johnson for leading worship. Chris Bullock and Al Cope did an amazing job providing worshipful music. A component of Bishop McKee’s address served as a word of encouragement and caution. He told the story of a person who was on a soul journey and … Read More

Christmas Candlelight Concert: November 29, 2018

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Candlelight Concert Featuring Dr. Brock Johnson Thursday, November 29, 2018 Texas A&M University-Commerce 2200 Campbell St Commerce, TX 75428 Join the JOY group for dinner and music on Thursday, November 29, 2018. We will have dinner at Luigi’s Italian Cafe followed by a Christmas Candlelight Concert at Texas A&M University-Commerce featuring Dr. Brock Johnson. Order from limited menu ($10-20 per person). The bus leaves at approx 4:45 p.m. Return time is around 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sign up at the church office if you want to join!

The Yost Post: November 1, 2018

Pastor's Blog

All Saints Day This Sunday, we will celebrate All Saints Day. The celebration of All Saints dates back to 373 AD and has been celebrated on November 1 since the early 700s AD. On All Saints, we remember all persons who have died in Christ and uniquely we recall the sacred memory of those of our congregation who have passed away since last year’s observance. The term “saint” is not narrowly defined by a person’s behavior; rather, it calls to mind the grace and power made real through a person’s life. Naturally, for those who have lost a loved one or dear friend in the past year, this can be a tender worship service. Our prayer is that our celebration is cathartic and helps to completely (as far as it depends upon us) turn our loved one’s well-being over to the hands of God who loves them. It is to … Read More