The Yost Post: October 28, 2020

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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 700’s AD. At All Saints’ we remember all persons who have died in Christ and uniquely we recall the sacred memory 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. This year I am asking you to be attentive and prayerful as we remember those we lost more than ever. Many have had to mourn without the comfort of the routine fellowship of the Church. Our prayer is our celebration … Read More

The Yost Post: September 16, 2020

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Today I wanted to share a word about our departed sojourner Rev. Gene Wisdom and then share word or two of encouragement. The legacy we leave behind is very rarely made up of any one large, big, home run decision or action we take. The home run moments are easy to point to and give a good story. However, the real good stuff in life seems to accumulate in our day in and day out lives. The morning of Rev. Gene’s homegoing, his son-in-law Red stopped in at the church building with Jenny and his two children. Gene was Gene-Bean to them. Red having received the call around Rockwall, knew they were passing by Wesley and asked if they could mask up and come in for a few moments to reflect. Absolutely, I said. They just wanted to walk the halls where Gene served. We went into the sanctuary to … Read More

The Yost Post: August 26, 2020

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Back to School Back to School has a decidedly different tone this year. Teachers are back everywhere and some of our county schools have returned to student learning while others are a few weeks away. Life has always had a way of introducing variables into our plans which elicit either tremendous frustration or a generous sense of humor. And, then 2020… boy howdy, if there was ever a year we could call upon the year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:8-55), then this is it. I think times like this, where familiar patterns in life are not in place and otherwise mundane decisions become highly consequential, are critical to refresh ourselves on God’s will. In short order and without thorough examination in this writing, in summary, I want to remind us that God’s will is rarely a “do this” or “do that” encounter. More often than not, God’s will is expressed by … Read More

The Yost Post: July 8, 2020

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Keep seeking the Lord and God will lead you to a place God needs you to be. There is a an obscure verse in Acts 16:7. It is easy to overlook as it looks like an unimportant side-note to where the remainder of the story of Acts goes. In case you do not have your Bible handy, Luke is writing about the journey the apostle Paul and his cohort took. The line says, “When they had come opposite of Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them;” (NRSV). Did you see that, they had positioned themselves to go a certain way. They had made plans and worked themselves to a place in their journey where Bithynia is a next goal for them. Nowhere did it say they ignored the leading of the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of Jesus to get to … Read More

The Yost Post: June 24, 2020

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What Can I Promise You? Last fall, JB McNatt and I met in my office. He naturally was heading out to work at the ranch, but stopped by to ask me what I thought the Church (Wesley) would be like in 50 or 100 years. (JB has seen this church through about that long.) I could not give him many exact answers. Now 8 months later, I am glad I didn’t, who would ever thought this is where we’d be. After a while, in the way God does answer us, I blurted out, “JB, faithful. What will Wesley be in 50 or 100 years? Wesley will be faithful.” It may not have been the full answer he was looking for, nor was it one I hoped to give. Yet, we looked at each other and realized by that time we’ll both be “fans in the stands” of heaven cheering folks … Read More

The Yost Post: March 31, 2020

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A Few Lessons “The light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5 Church family, I shared the following article online through Facebook. It has apparently been helpful far beyond anything I could have imagined. I am sharing it here for this e-newsletter particularly for those of you who did not have access to it online. God bless you all. A few lessons from my life as a submariner to help manage the coming days. I have lived 423 days underneath the ocean. The longest time I have gone without seeing the sun even once was 53 days. That will become important later on as I write this. While several of my shipmates will have longer service than that to their account, I earned my dolphins and thereby a lifetime right to claim my story. I served in the U.S. Navy for six years, four of … Read More

The Yost Post: March 12, 2020

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Stay Focused There are many things which regularly compete for our attention. Fun or novel experiences may be a welcome break from our routines. Some distractions break our concentration and lead to frustration. Still other distractions, day in and day out, lead to lives which do not go where we intended to go. Today I wanted to write about keeping our focus on the right stuff in life. Keeping our focus upon God’s call in the midst of everything else competing for our attention. I believe staying focused is uniquely challenging when much is outside of our control and chaotic. As I write this, financial markets are all over the place and there is uncertainly of COVID-19 threats. People are asking questions about travel and jobs, schools closures and quarantines. Wow, if that is all which held our focus and attention, we’d be frazzled to no end. I challenge us … Read More

Wesley UMC Response to COVID-19

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Wesley Family, As you have surely heard by now of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I wanted to be intentional to share some information and how Wesley will be responding. Most people under 60 years old and those without an underlying health condition should be fine, even if you get this virus. We are asking for your help to protect our vulnerable people from infection and to help delay the onset of the virus in our community. With prevention in mind, the staff of Wesley and I are implementing the following changes to our worship services. These changes are effective immediately: LIMIT PHYSICAL CONTACT: A verbal greeting or head nod will be our norm for the next month or so. Refrain from shaking hands, fist bumps, and hugs. WESLEY GREETERS: Doors will be held open to limit the number of people handling entry doors. NO HAND SHAKING: We will not shake or … Read More

The Yost Post: February 26, 2020

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Lent This year’s Lenten season is already here and I have to tell you, I’ve been so busy I have not even thought about what I am “giving up” this year. Perhaps you too have not spent much time deciding what to forgo in Lent. Maybe we can figure this out together? First, have you thought about why we give something up from now until Easter? Well, let’s start there. It is quite easy to get into routines in life, especially when our daily needs are close at hand. Seasons of fasting help us break the routines. The practice of fasting, or skipping a meal(s) for a set time is a powerful discipline which can help you reconnect with God. A common practice is to stop and seek God’s hand of strength each time hunger grasps you or a craving emerges. Through this practice one may discover how to seek … Read More

The Yost Post: February 13, 2020

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The past two weeks haven’t exactly gone according to my plans. It has been over 20 years since I have experienced something in my life which rendered me physically unable to go about my daily life. I woke up Monday two weeks ago and knew something was not right in my body. Luckily I have been married just long enough to know, when my spouse says, “go get that checked out, now,” I actually know to listen to her. I ended up having two abdominal hernias repaired. Before I say anything else, I am very aware my outpatient surgery is a walk in the park compared to what many of us go through. My experience has re-acquainted me with what it is like to have to depend on others. I thought I would share a few lessons from my experience. First, GRATITUDE. I am grateful for medical professionals who dance … Read More