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and we want to get to know you. 

Welcome

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Waltz United Methodist Church online, or in gathered worship. We hope that our website highlights the worship, fellowship, and service opportunities available.

We worship in a traditional style, in traditional hymns, and preaching from the Bible.

 

Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.  

Our Mission
 
Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth.  All are welcome.
  We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Worship Services  

Our traditional Worship  Service resumes Jan 1 at 9:30 AM. 
If you haven't visited us yet, know that you will be a stranger for only about 2 minutes - after that you're family. All are welcome!
 
   Our services are livestreamed.  Your can also  worship with us on our Facebook page (Walttz United Methodist Church.)
 
   We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
 

Contact us:  7465 Egypt Rd
         Phone:  (330) 722-1015

Pastor Les is continuing his regular office time, on Wednesdays 9-12 AM,   You may call his cell phone to make an appointment if  you have a special need
(216)-536-0997  
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Altar Cross at our outdoor          Worship Service

    (Thanks for the photo, Eric)

Announcements: 

 

Wednesday            Feb 1          10:00 AM      Prayer Shawl Ministry

 

Saturday                Feb 4          10:00 AM      Congregational meeting with DS

                                                                       Info regarding disaffiliation                                                                                      At Waltz UMC

 

Wednesday            Feb 15         10:00 AM    Prayer Shawl Ministry

                                                   10:00 AM    Trustees Meeting

 

Wednesday            Feb 22             TBD        Ash Wednesday Service

                                                                      Beginning of Lent)

We welcome Ed Gugliucci to our membership as a transfer from Brecksville UMC with a gift of a Prayer Shawl made by our Prayer Shawl Ministry knitters,   

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                Merry Christmas!

                         2022   

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Special Prayer Needs:

Prayers for Barbara Rak's brother, Robert Spieth, whose home was badly damaged in Naples, Fl from Hurricane Ian. Robert suffered a cut while evacuating from chest high flood waters that led to a bacterial blood infection. He is being treated with antibiotics hoping to save his leg. 

 

Happy Easter!
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Pastor's Corner:  I will be publishing the weekly Sermon Notes here that correspond to the Sunday Sermon available on our Facebook page (Waltzumc Church)

Sermon Notes: Real Healing

Intro: The word healing brings different thoughts to mind. In these times of modern medicine, we have great expectations for physical healing. If we’re seriously injured or in pain we might go to the Emergency Room, perhaps even by ambulance. We get treated, given medication, and released, or admitted to the hospital for further diagnosis or surgery. For lesser pain, we may use over the counter medications, or see a doctor if the pain is serious. The doctor may send you for tests to help make a diagnosis. But healing of the body is the intent of our actions.

I. Healing and Prayer

A. While some rely on faith healing, most churchgoers find combinations of prayer and medicine effective. The more painful or serious the problem, the more faith/prayer become a part of the solution. Even non churchgoers, facing a serious problem, may resort to prayer.

B. I was intrigued by the continuing story of Damar Hamlin, the football player whose heart stopped after a routine tackle. He was resuscitated, but it seemed that suddenly everyone - fans, fellow players, sportscasters - were praying for healing for this relatively unknown player. Ordinarily sportscasters talking about prayer on TV would be frowned upon, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the openness of people offering prayer and talk of miracle healing. I wonder, though, if God was also healing the hearts of those who were so moved to pray for Damar’s healing, not only seeing the effects of prayer on him, but feeling the healing effects of prayer within themselves.

C. Spiritual healing is even more important than physical healing. Our spiritual health can even help, or hinder, our physical healing. Psychiatrists and psychologists may rely on medical science to aid healing, but even they can be baffled when a medically unexplainable healing occurs. An occurrence that faith can only explain as God’s intervention. People may also seek help from clergy counseling, perhaps private prayer, or ask for additional prayer support. While these are generalities of seeking help for healing, you can see the trend of seeking medical help first until we reach a point where we begin to ask Dr. Jesus for help. It’s not wrong to rely on medical help. I believe medical science is a gift God gives us for healing. But people of faith know we cannot replace God in the process of healing. Because nothing is outside the realm of God. With God all things are possible.

D. Jesus proved Himself the Master Healer during His ministry. Sickness and deformities were thought to be God’s disfavor. When Jesus healed a man born blind, he was asked if it was because of the man’s sin or his parent’s sin, but Jesus’ answer refuted that idea, saying it was instead to give God glory, an opportunity to show His healing power. Jesus could heal a sick person from a distance like the Centurion’s servant, and Jairus, the synagogue leader’s, daughter. He could heal by touching the person, like Peter’s mother-in-law with a fever. He put mud

on a blind man’s eyes to restore his eyesight. He raised Lazarus from the dead by commanding him to come out from the tomb. He even cast out demons causing extreme spiritual and physical suffering. The Master Healer wasn’t limited to specific types of healing or methods of healing. But If you look at His miracle healings carefully, you can see healing of the soul was His primary focus. His healing went beyond removing a person’s symptoms or disabilities. His physical healings were secondary to the healing and wellness of the soul.

II. Mark 2:1-12 Healing the Paralytic.

   A. Our Gospel Lesson provides an illustration of that. Jesus had been preaching to a crowd at the home he was staying at in Capernaum. There was such a large crowd inside and outside that no one could enter the home. Four men carrying their paralyzed friend on a stretcher, tried to get to Jesus but couldn’t get through the crowd. So they climbed to the roof and began removing enough of the roof to lower their friend to Jesus below. This was an extraordinary request for healing. First of all, they were doing it out of love for their friend. Their heart was in the right place. Secondly, their determined efforts to overcome the obstacles just to get their friend to Jesus, showed their faith that Jesus could heal their friend. Seeing their compassion and faith, their good spiritual condition, Jesus was ready to grant their request to heal their friend.

B. Jesus heals the man, but not like they had expected. Jesus says that his sins were forgiven. There must be a mistake, Jesus, we asked for healing for his paralysis. But remember, the common belief was that sin had caused the paralysis in the first place, so forgiving the apparent cause of the paralysis would have seemed logical. The man was probably more hopeful of walking again than carried out forgiven. But Jesus was more concerned with his spiritual condition, being forgiven, so he could enter heaven fully healed, body and soul.

C. The Pharisees, hearing Jesus say the man’s sins were forgiven, were appalled. No one could forgive sins except God. They accused Jesus of blasphemy, making oneself equal to God, since they refused to accept Him as God’s Son. Therefore, they denied Jesus even had the power to forgive sins, especially for this obviously sinful paralytic. Knowing their thoughts, Jesus rhetorically asks if it was easier to forgive his sin, or tell him to get up and walk. As if ratifying His ability to forgive sin, thereby freeing him from the supposed consequence of his sin, He tells the man to pick up his mat and walk, which he promptly does. The amazed crowd, even the reluctant Pharisees, had seen two miracles of healing, even if they could only understand his physical healing. They had heard Jesus forgive sins, healing the man’s spiritual condition, proving He was God’s Son, and then witnessing his unprecedented physical healing. Who else but the Son of God could have done that!

D. Even though today we don’t usually associate sickness as a consequence of sin, we should absolutely affirm our need of forgiveness, a healing of our souls, as a far greater priority than healing our bodies. Yet, when we ask for physical healing, we too often neglect first asking for the wellness of our souls, which starts with the forgiveness of our sins. Our spiritual health does affect our physical health. If the soul is well, it’s better equipped to overcome physical barriers. Ask Fanny Crosby, blinded from youth, but whose 8000 hymns including Blessed Assurance and To God Be The Glory, made her the most prolific song writer of all times. She actually thanked God for her blindness, because she felt her spiritual gifts were actually enhanced by her lack of sight. Or ask Horatio Spafford, who wrote “It is Well with My Soul”, after losing his four young daughters when their ship sank. As Spafford’s soul was healed, he was able to begin healing from his physical loss. Both of these lives are among the many who will testify that healing of the soul was more important than healing the body.

III. 2 Kings 5:1-14 Naaman Healed of Leprosy.

A. We see the same type of healing in the OT. Naaman, a powerful Syrian general, had recently developed leprosy, the most feared illness in Biblical times. It deteriorated the body painfully and completely. Believing it was contagious, lepers were ostracized from family and friends and were even required to warn others getting too near them. Their souls would have consequently deteriorated as well. There was no known cure, so they were left alone in despair to suffer and mercifully die. But Naaman’s Israelite servant girl told him the prophet Elisha in her country, a man of God, could cure leprosy. Naaman goes to Elisha, taking expensive gifts, desperately willing to pay any price to be healed. Although Naaman knew only the gods of Syria, he was desperate enough to seek help from even the God of Israel.

B. But Naaman is angered by Elisha’s treatment of him as a VIP. Not only did Elisha refuse his gifts, he didn’t even come to the door to greet him. Instead, a messenger relayed Elisha’s message: go to the Jordan River, and wash in it seven times. Then, the sores on his skin would be healed. That may sound easy, but God knew Naaman’s arrogant, prideful heart needed healing first. The mighty general expected a show of power, a magic act, and an instant cure. But to be told by a servant to wash in the muddy Jordan River, when there were clean, beautiful rivers in his own country, was humbling. It would require him to trust, and obey, the true God for healing. God wanted Naaman’s heart to be healed first, and only then would He heal his body.

C. At first Naaman rebels, going off in a rage at such ridiculous instructions. But his servants convince him if the instructions were more complicated, he would obey them, so why not try these simpler commands? We heard Jesus ask the watching Pharisees, which would be easier; to forgive sin, healing the soul? or heal the body?  In Naaman’s case, which would be easier for God; to humble Naaman’s heart to trust and obey the yet unknown God, or heal his leprosy?

D. But Naaman finally humbles himself and begins to wash in the Jordan River. Each time he goes underwater, and comes up unchanged, the more he feels like he’s being conned. But each time, unchanged but more humble, he tries again. Six times, still no change. But the seventh time, his skin has no sores, and as smooth and clean as a boy’s skin. Naaman is grateful, and goes back to Elisha to get him to accept his gifts, but Elisha still refuses them. Naaman’s heart had been healed of its arrogance and pride. He had trusted and obeyed the true God, whose healing power could not be bought. Then healed of his leprosy.

E. We see this type of healing over and over in Scriptures. God heals us in his own way, but He’s always more concerned with our hearts, our souls, than with our bodies. Jesus demonstrated that same concern throughout His ministry. The Centurion had asked for healing of his servant, believing from his military mindset that it was beneath Jesus to come personally, a sign of faith and a clean heart, and Jesus granted his request from a distance. Likewise, Jairus, the synagogue leader, had asked from a heart of faith for his daughter to be healed, and Jesus granted his request without even seeing her. Both men had demonstrated their faith, that their hearts were right, and Jesus honored their healing requests. Touch wasn’t required, no recitation of special words, or rituals for Jesus to grant a prayer from a cleansed heart

F. We don’t always see His healing as instantaneous as for the paralyzed man, or Naaman, or the Centurion, or the synagogue ruler. We didn’t see Jesus limited by a particular method or procedure. Jesus would sometimes even select a particular person for an unknown reason to be healed. He asked the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethsaida if he wanted to be healed. We don’t know if he even knew who Jesus was. Jesus may have healed his heart and body at the same time. But His first priority is the wellness of our soul, whether He chooses to heal our souls first, then the body, or by healing the body, heal our souls. But He doesn’t merely give His healing, like randomly tossing candy to parade viewers. He has purpose for all He does, and salvation of our souls is His ultimate goal. Our bodies are only temporary homes for our souls.

G. So, wen you read about miracles of healing, whether in the Bible, or in real, modern stories, look closely at how God is healing hearts. It’s then that we really see God at work.

Conclusion: Let’s turn the focus on ourselves. When we ask for physical healing, for ourselves or for others, do we ask for just physical healing or do we first ask for the  wellness of our soul. For those of us here, there is a better probability of that happening, but we need to be intentional about it. How much more effective are the prayers of those who first pray for forgiveness, healing of their souls, before praying for their physical needs. How much more effective are our prayers for others if we pray for their spiritual wellness before asking for their physical needs? When we pray that way, I believe we may begin to be able to see God working His miracles to accomplish His real purposes for us.  May Jesus cleanse our hearts and open our eyes to see Him at work within us and in those around us according to His ultimate plans for us. Amen

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