When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”
- Matthew 19:21, 25, 27, 29 NIV
...All the strange things
they come and go, as early warnings
Stranded starfish have no place to hide
still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There's no point in direction we cannot
even choose a side.
When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You're a thousand minds, within a flash
Don't be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there's only you and me
And if we break before the dawn, they'll
use up what we used to be.
Lord, here comes the flood
We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
in any still alive
It'll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry.
- Peter Gabriel
His health was failing. The stress of more work with less help and time became too much to handle. He was at wits end, so he offered himself up to God. "Take me God! Use me. Make me into what you want me to be. I surrender unconditionally!"
That guy was, and is me. I quit my job, and founded the YOKE. Here we are four years later.
And so, the Grand Adventure began...
At TRINITY STATION we're establishing a way-station, or watchtower, for the Kingdom. In this small space we will institute the basics of the YOKEHAUS mandate. I will answer the call to become a dedicated religious anchorite of this new missional home.
A YOKEHAUS or "YOKE House" is:
a Chapel, a Kitchen, and a Classroom...
A YOKEHAUS is, first and foremost, a Chapel. A place to worship, praise, communal prayer, and the sharing of the Holy Sacraments. Here at TRINITY STATION we will be scheduling services after the first of the year, and will adjust as needed.
If the chapel is the soul of a YOKEHAUS, then the kitchen is definitely the stomach. It nourishes and enriches as it provides sustenance. Much is said about food in the Gospels, and the kitchen offers a great opportunity to bear witness. We will be offering free public meals.
And every YOKEHAUS must have dedicated classroom space for, not only Bible studies and all things theological, but also science and the arts. The classroom should be a place of light which illuminates and clarifies. To seek knowledge is to seek the truth. And the truth is the word of God.