Jesus loves you
and we want to get to know you.
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, preaching from the Bible, and hugging (once we can do that safely again).
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 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.
As numbers of cases in Medina are going down, we have resumed in hurch worship, as well as continuing with our Facebook or YouTube.com (both Waltz United Methodist Church) , postings, which you can still see throughout the week.
We are continuing to review ways to worship safely, and to be of any help we can be for you.
We are scheduling a SonRise Easter Service in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday,(7:30 AM) , followed by a Pancake Breakfast. We will have a traditional Easter Worship service at 9:30 AM
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
Altar Cross at our outdoor Worship Service
(Thanks for the photo, Eric)
All events had been cancelled during the COVID crisis. We are beginning to schedule events as the health risks allow.
Our Fellowship Breakfasts will be continue to meet at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Litchfield on the first Saturday of each month. (Except April with Easter coming so close.)
Special Prayer Needs:
Ken Rambo had knee replacement surgery on Monday. But he is having complications with high blood pressure, swelling, and a good deal of pain. Please keep him n prayer.
Janet Knight is being treated for a bone infection, and will be transferring from Medina Hospital to Akron for treatment before going to a rehab center for several week. Tom is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered a little while ago. Keep them in prayer.
Our prayers are with John/Shirley Freese's nephew, Paul. His wound had finally healed enough to be discharged from a Care Faculty to go home for the first time since before Christmas, but he has had undergo another surgical repair and is back at the Care Facility for a little while longer. .
Barry Frank is still recovering at home, preparing for his prosthetic leg, undergoing dialysis, and getting treatment to help circulation in his other leg. He needs daily prayer for encouragement and healing.
I am posting daily devotions from Psalms in this section. Though each day will be a new posting, I will keep the previous two days visible, in case you want to refer back to them.
Daily Devotional for
Saturday April 10
From Psalms 66:16-17
"Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue."
It's good to be thankful for what God has done for us. It's how we actually recognize all that He does for us. It's even better when we're not just thankful in our minds, but actually tell God that we are thankful and even why. But God doesn't exist to hear us praise Him. He loves us unconditionally. It's us who need to express that praise. We need to recognize all He does for us, and take the time to express that. For our own sakes. It's when we take that time, that we truly begin to acknowledge Him and build on our relationship with Him by expressing our thanks.
We don't even have to wait until we feel grateful for something. We praise Him when we just take the time to question when we don't understand. We may know He does good things in our lives, but we don't always have the vision to see what the good is. When we take the time to question those things with Him in prayer, we might see the goodness we had been overlooking. All because we took the time to look for His goodness.
The psalmist has gone even further by telling others what God had done in his life. We especially thank Him when we tell others of His goodness in our lives. As parents, we might feel joy when we hear our children tell their friends about something good we did for them. There's deep praise in their praising you to others. When we tell others about the joys in our lives from God, it's also a powerful witness. People would rather hear the power of God working in our lives than hear us explain doctrine. And it's sincere praise.
"Lord, You are worthy of our praises. Help me to express that more often, especially to others."
Daily Devotional for
Monday April 12
From Psalms 66:18-19
"If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer."
Cherish means to protect and care for someone or something lovingly. To cherish sin in one's heart means to hold it in a protected place in our lives. That may initially sound unreal, until we examine our lives truthfully. We may not even realize we are protecting a sin. We may even have to realistically look at what sin is. For example, we may hold someone in unforgiveness and hold tightly to that sin. We may realize we cherish that unforgiveness because it lets us punish another, hold power over them. We can find many excuses why we can never forgive that person. So when Jesus tells us to forgive them, we must choose to obey Jesus or cherish our sin.
Corrie Ten Boom was placed in a German concentration camp during the war. After the war, she was speaking to a Christian group and came across a man who had been a guard at the concentration camp. The guard offered his hand to Corrie for forgiveness, but Corrie could not make herself shake his hand for what seemed a long time. When she finally did, it seemed a great weight had been taken from her. She had cherished obedience rather than sinfulness.
When we place sin above obedience to Jesus, can we then expect to hear Him speaking in us? We are realistically trying to make Jesus obedient to us to answer our prayer, rather than be obedient to Him. There is no power in that prayer. But when we cherish HIm, we open our hearts to hear Him and He can accomplish HIs will in us.
" Lord, You told us no one can love two masters. Help me to love You as Master, and take the sin from my life."
Daily Devotional for
Tuesday April 13
From Psalms 67:1,2
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations."
The verse in Psalm 23 that says He leads us in the path of righteousness for His name sake seemed out of place to me. What does leading me in good paths have to do with His good name? But I have come to realize that the shepherd was judged by the care and quality of his sheep. A Good Shepherd's sheep would be healthy and produce good quality wool. People would want to do business with such a shepherd they could trust. His good name depended on that trust.
This passage conveys that same type of message. His blessings and care (shining His face on us) puts us on display. People look at God by what they see in us. If they see righteousness and justice, it reflects well on the Good Shepherd who leads us. We bring God honor and glory when we live according to HIs ways. Conversely, if they see only evil and injustice in us, they will have no desire to serve our God. We bring shame and dishonor to the God who loved us enough to send HIs Son to die for us.
God doesn't live by the court of public opinion. But His great Love is meant for all His children. So, if we bring shame and dishonor by our lives, we thwart His goal of reconciling the world to Himself. God cannot be pleased with those who prevent others from coming to Him by our disobedient actions, because His laws are intended to let us live in peace and harmony with God and with others. He leads us in those ways He provides for our righteousness.
"Lord, forgive my for my selfish ways to honor me but bring discredit to You. Help me to show others Your Love through my life."
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