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Welcome, and thank you for visiting Waltz Global Methodist Church online, or in gathered worship. We hope that our website highlights the worship, fellowship, and service opportunities available.
We became a Global Methodist Church on July 1, 2023, to insure our continued worship in a traditional style, with 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 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.
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 (Walttzgmc 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
Altar Cross at our outdoor Worship Service
(Thanks for the photo, Eric)
Oct 2 Monday 10:15 AM Bible Study
Oct 4 Wednesday 10:00 AM Prayer Shawl Ministry
Oct 7 Saturday 8:15 AM Fellowship Breakfast
Hungry Bear Restaurant
Oct 9 Monday 10:15 AM Bible Study
Oct 11 Wednesday 11:30 AM Ladies Aid Meeting
Oct 16 Monday 10:15 AM Bible Study
Oct 18 Wednesday 10:00 AM Prayer Shawl Ministry
10:00 AM Trustees Meeting
Oct 23 Monday 10:15 AM Bible Study
Oct 30 Monday 10:15 AM Bible Study
We welcomed Rilyn Welker to our church family recently. (l-r is Grandmother Barbara Boley, great grandmother Doris Roberts, Dad Jake, Mom Jessica holding Rilynn and Uncle Nick.
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)
For October 1,
Sermon Notes: One Lord, One Church, One Banquet
Intro: As the first Sunday of October, today is not only our regular Communion Sunday, it’s Worldwide Communion Sunday for Christians around the world. It’s a day to celebrate the unity of the Christian Church with our common belief in Christ as the head of His Church. A day to focus on our commonalities and set our differences aside.
I. Differences and Commonalities
A. Although we used the Nicene Creed this morning to confess our faith, most people are more familiar with the Apostle’s Creed, which was first mentioned in a letter from the Synod of Milan dated AD 390, referring to a belief at the time that each of the Twelve Apostles contributed an article to the twelve articles of that creed. However, the Nicene Creed, accepted in its final form in AD 589, was the first creed to obtain universal authority in the church, and it improved the language of the Apostles’ Creed by including more specific statements about the divinity of Christ and the Holy Spirit, like stating the Father and Son are both God and equally divine with the same will and substance. Its Christian statement of faith is then more widely accepted by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and major Protestant churches. Both the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed help us express our beliefs, but using the more widely accepted Nicene Creed today helps emphasize the unity of the Christian Church.
B. There are even differences about communion within denominations, like the frequency of Communion and whether we take Communion by coming forward and dipping a piece of bread in a common cup, called intinction, or together in the pews. Methodists use grape juice instead of wine, some only have water carried from distant wells. Some churches use unleavened bread, some use gluten free bread, some use wafers, while others in poverty may use only crumbs. Many congregations make World Communion Sunday a global celebration by inviting people to make bread for communion from their own ethnic backgrounds. Denominations even see the bread and juice in different ways, as symbolic, as the substance of His body and blood, or as the actual body and blood of Christ. Not all even agree on the day of the week for church worship. Despite these differences, all Christian churches can trace their Communion beliefs back to the Last Supper and the early church, based on the cornerstone of Christ, our risen Lord, with the foundation of His disciples, given life by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Those are our common roots for this worldwide Communion celebration this morning as we put our evolved differences aside.
C. World Communion Sunday originated in the Presbyterian Church in 1936, and is even celebrated in slightly different ways. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America observes a variant called “Global Church Sunday”. Roman and Orthodox Catholic churches don’t observe World Communion Sunday, ironic since catholic means universal.
D. Despite our different practices and beliefs about Communion, our Christian hope focuses on being fed spiritually from Christ’s Table, represented by the Great Banquet Jesus taught about. We can even see the concept of His banquet in the OT. In the 23rd Psalm, David uses the imagery of a shepherd caring for his beloved sheep, finding good pastures in the lower lands for much of the year. But the shepherd prepares for when he will lead his sheep to lush mountain pastures, where sun drenched grass, watered by melted winter snows, awaits them. The shepherd had some time previously prepared the pasture lands, removing rocks that would prevent grass growing, and possibly injure His sheep. He had removed any poisonous weeds that would endanger the sheep, being especially fatal for the lambs. In the psalmist’s words, He prepares a banquet table for them. And as long as the shepherd was present at that banquet pasture, the sheep’s predatory enemies could only watch. We, the sheep of His pasture, putting our faith in our Good Shepherd, look forward to His leading us to His banquet table in heaven, guiding us even through the valleys of the shadows of death on our way there. Our destination, rather than the path our Shepherd leads us on, is our focus. As long as we remain in His presence, regardless of the path, we know we will arrive at our destination. But those who wander away on their own path, no matter how certain they may feel theirs is the right way, will miss the promised banquet.
II. Isaian 25:1-8
A. In our OT reading, the prophet Isaiah speaks of the Great Banquet from a different perspective. Our passage opens with Isaiah praising God for His perfect faithfulness, for the wonderful things God planned long ago. Isaiah was a prophet during the Babylonian exile, and even though God allowed the Babylonians to conquer Israel because of their sinfulness, Babylon was the pagan enemy that didn’t worship God. So, Isaiah speaks against Babylon and other such enemy nations who would therefore be reduced to a heap of rubble, their fortified towns to lie in ruin, their ruthless voice no longer to be heard. Such was the fate of those who did not honor the Lord God.
B. Although he speaks against the Babylons of the time, he was not condemning them. Speaking from ‘this mountain’ which would have been Mt Zion, on which Jerusalem was built, Isaiah looks forward to a time when the outlying heathen nations would no longer be excluded from fellowship with Israel, but instead share in its sacrificial feasts. even at the banquet of the great King. When the Sovereign Lord, in Isaiah’s words, would wipe away tears from all faces, and remove His people’s disgrace, or sinfulness from all the earth. A time of actual worldwide communion.
C. If we were to take Isaiah’s prophecy as a world view, there’d be great hope for our world. Instead of being seated at the banquet in the presence of lurking enemies, we’d then eat with all former enemies. Ukranians with Russians, South Koreans with North Koreans, Taiwan with mainland China, Christians, Moslems, Jews all joining in genuine fellowship in worldwide communion. That’s what our Call to Worship expressed, that we were created for such worldwide relationship, gathering in heart and mind, in unity. That the Lord’s Banquet would be prepared for all those eager to be fed, worldwide, from His Table.
III. Luke 14:12-23
A. Jesus has much to say about that Great Banquet in our Gospel Lesson. In context, He had been invited to a dinner and noticed how people were choosing seats of honor for themselves. As a practical word of advice from God’s etiquette, He suggests guests should choose a less honorable seat out of humility, and perhaps be asked to move to a higher place of honor, rather than being embarrassed and moved to a place of lesser honor. But He more radically tells his host that instead of inviting his friends and family to his banquet, he should invite the poor, the handicapped, those that could never repay their invitation with anything but gratitude. Their act of charity would be repaid at the resurrection, with invitations to His Great Banquet.
B. Then Jesus tells a parable about a great earthly banquet given by a man who had sent out many invitations. Now in those times, servants would take the invitations to the invited guests, informing them personally about their invitation. The servants would later return to those guests to remind them and get their reply.
C. As in all His parables, Jesus wasn’t really talking about that banquet, but rather His Great Banquet celebration in heaven. You would think that receiving such an invitation for His Banquet would be like answering the door and greeted by the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes people presenting you the Grand Prize. Or like in the picture over the altar with Jesus offering to come in and eat with us. Israel, as God’s chosen people, the people initially chosen to be invited to His Great Banquet as the ones privileged to invite others to His banquet. But Jesus is addressing the Jews by this parable to show them their failure to respond to their Messiah, the host of the Great Banquet. One invited guest in the parable had bought a field and so declined the invitation. Perhaps he represented those concerned with expanding their own kingdoms on earth with more. Working toward a better job, getting ahead in the world. More money, more power, more status. Building bigger barns to enjoy retirement one day. Sorry, Jesus, I can’t come now. More important things to achieve.
D. Another invited guest had bought a yoke of oxen, and wanted to see them work. He saw his possessions as his priority. Like the rich young ruler who wanted to inherit eternal life, wanting an invitation to the Great Banquet. But with his wealth, the cost of going to the banquet, having to sell his possessions, was too great. Sorry Jesus, I’m too involved with my possessions right now to come to Your banquet. They’re worth more to me.
E. A third invited guest had just been married and well, you know how that goes. A happy wife is a happy life. He was more concerned with happiness in this life than eternal happiness. Friends, parties, eat, drink, be merry. There’ll be time to come to your banquet when good times wind down. Sorry, Jesus, I have fun parties to attend for now.
F. The banquet host then tells his servants to invite those who had not yet been invited. He uses the poor, crippled, blind, lame to show the great lengths He was willing to go to invite others. Jesus wasn’t inferring only certain people were initially invited, while others were seemingly unworthy to come. Jesus had stated earlier He had come to save the lost, the very people He ministered to most during His ministry. But He had expected the Israelites, especially the Temple leaders, to share the Good News of the Messiah to all His children.
G. But the Temple leaders were offended to think the invited guest list would include Gentiles. The Jewish arrogance that they had been chosen as the only ones worthy of the Kingdom, instead of being His vessels to reach out to the Gentiles, failed to understand that God loves all His created children, not just those who considered themselves entitled. They failed to understand Isaiah’s prophecy that God would welcome all peoples in Zion. When Zion would mean not just the mountain that Jerusalem was built on, not just the Temple they considered as Zion, but Zion as the worldwide Church of our God.
H. At mid year 2023, the World Population was estimated at 8,045,311,447. That’s how many invitations would’ve been sent if His Great Banquet had been then. It’s how many places had already been set with room for many more. But the invitations are just that – invitations. They’re not entitlements to salvation. Each of the 8 plus billion people must act on those invitations if they’re to have any value. Choose to come, or pursue your own priorities.
I. In John’s Gospel, Jesus used an example of 10 maidens being invited to a wedding feast. They intended to come to the banquet, but only 5 were prepared for the unexpected late arrival of the groom. Once the door was closed, they were not recognized as invited guests. We have each been given our invitations, no one is excluded, all are welcome. But we must act on those invitations. We must be prepared to enter the Great Banquet, not wasting time on useless excuses. When Christ returns and the door of His kingdom has closed, it’ll be too late. Those who are prepared will know the joy of His Great Banquet, sharing with all those who love His kingdom.
Conclusion: On this worldwide Communion Sunday, let us think about sitting around his worldwide Table, His worldwide Church, remembering His broken body and His shed blood for us, in however many different traditions there may be, but honoring Him as our One Lord, in His One Church, at His Great Banquet. When Jesus Shall Reign Wherever the sun Does His successive journeys run. Worldwide. Amen.