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, 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 begins 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!
We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
We will soon begin outdoor worship as weather permits. It's a wonderful setting.
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)
Monday Oct 3 10:30 AM Bible Study
Monday Oct 10 10:30 AM Bible Study
Wednesday Oct 12 11:30 AM Ladies Aid
Monday Oct 17 10:30 AM Bible Study
Wednesday Oct 19 10:00 AM Prayer Shawl Ministry
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,
Special Prayer Needs:
Beth Norton's mother-in-law, Pat, being treated for cancer. Her weekly chemo treatments are showing positive results.
Doris Roberts has been released from doctor's care after her eye surgery. She still has some recovery to go, but is doing very well.
Duane Erhart is preparing for heart valve replacement surgery. Jesse Welker will be going in on Wednesday Sept 21 to have her baby delivered. Pray for a safe delivery for her healthy baby.
Mary Lou Kerr went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept 19. We pray for comfort for her family and her dear friends.
Kathy Marshall's Aunt Alice fell and broke bones in her arm. Keep Aunt Alice (in her 90's) in prayer during her rehab care.
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: Unless I Wash You
Intro: Most of us were taught to wash our hands before coming to the dinner table. One author tells of his mother who added another requirement, “Wear shoes!” She reasoned feet were always dirty, so no bare feet were allowed at the table. Although he objected, saying he hadn’t planned to pick up his food with his toes, Mom didn’t relent - there were no bare feet at the table! As he thought about that later as a pastor, he felt his mother, unknowingly, was making a profound theological statement: Bare feet are in contact with the world and so they’re always dirty. We constantly walk through the valleys of temptation, we wade through the swamps of despondency, we climb all over the jagged boulders of despair, and we run down the slippery slopes of anger. We could make quite a list of these metaphorical worldly problems.
I. Exodus 3: 1-6
A. Our OT lesson had a slightly different requirement. God had told Moses to take off his sandals - he was standing on holy ground. It
was as if God wanted nothing to insulate him from absorbing God’s Holiness. Nothing that would separate Moses from God. Moses had
been born to a Hebrew slave in Egypt, when Pharaoh, threatened by the rapid growth of the number of Hebrew slaves, ordered all male babies born to the Hebrews to be killed by the midwives at birth.
Moses’ mother hid him as long as she could, then placed him in a
floating basket, where his strategically hidden sister guided it along
the Nile until a daughter of Pharaoh pulled him out. Moses, in fact,
means “pulled out of the water.” Moses’ ancestry was hidden from
Pharaoh, as well as Moses himself, and he was raised and well
educated in Pharaoh’s court, but also influenced by the numerous
Egyptian gods. Although Moses wasn’t yet aware of God, God was
well aware of Moses and had a Presence in his early life, but God’s
guiding hand was already preparing him for his special mission.
B. Having much later learned of his Hebrew ancestry, he killed an
Egyptian taskmaster he saw beating a Hebrew slave. Now a fugitive,
the 40-year-old Moses, escapes to the desert in Midian, where he
encounters Jethro, a Hebrew as well as a Levite priest. He marries
one of his daughters and lives in Jethro’s home for the next 40 years
God was still uniquely preparing him, first with an Egyptian education, and now also learning about the God of the Hebrews. While tending his father-in-law’s flocks one day, he sees a burning bush and goes to investigate the curious sight. A bush spontaneously bursting into
flame in the hot desert was not uncommon, but this bush wasn’t being consumed in the flame. He hears a Voice coming from the bush, calling him by name, and he answers, “Here I am”.
C. God tells him to take off his sandals, for he is standing on holy ground, before telling Moses who He Was, and what He wanted
Moses to do. The ground didn’t look Holy. But it was holy because of
God’s presence. Although Moses was very reluctant to accept God’s calling, he accepted God’s Presence, and was now being sanctified, or set apart, as God’s servant – nothing separating even his dirty feet from God’s Presence. His sanctifying Presence would make Moses the greatest leader in Israel’s history.
D. Beyond this event’s history, it’s also a representative picture of our own calling to salvation. We’re being called from our birth until we
hear and respond to God’s call on our lives. The moment of Justifying Grace is the moment we accept our salvation, when we respond to
Him, saying, Here I am. By our subsequent baptism, public affirmation
of that acceptance, we’re cleansed of the accumulated sin in our lives
and sanctified, set apart for His use, whether or not we understand
what we are being called to. We may be called to formal ministry, or
informal lay ministry whatever that may be, even as Moses was.
E. But our Christian journey just starts there. A journey where we are
set apart, answering His calling on our lives, growing in faith, knowing
His love poured out on us, while standing on the Holy ground of His
Presence. Like the 12 Apostles. They had heard Jesus’ call,
responded to it, and walked with Him daily for those three years –
even Judas. They probably knew Jesus more intimately than any of
us, although they were still struggling to understand what it all meant.
II. John 13: 2-16
A. Jesus and The Twelve had come to a private room to celebrate the
Passover Meal. It would be the origin of the meal we celebrate as
Communion. An important welcome for anyone entering your home was washing the feet of your guests. More than just common practice,
it was a required act of Jewish hospitality. Foot washing was not just
getting the dust and mud off your feet, but a soothing, refreshing act of
kindness that was appreciated after a hot day. Honor and shame were significant elements of Eastern culture. The host or a designated servant would wash the feet of a guest to honor them. Failing to wash a guest’s feet would dishonor their guest, and bring shame upon a
host. Foot washing was also a ceremonial ritual, symbolizing the
removal of the dirt of sin from one’s life.
B. Certainly Jesus, who they knew as Master, deserved to have His
feet washed as the guest of honor. Even though the disciples meant
no dishonor to Jesus, when they entered the room, the disciples were so involved with arguing who would occupy the seat of honor as the
greatest one, they seem to have overlooked hospitality.
C. Peter seems to have been given the servant position and should have done the foot washing. The drastic failure became an
opportunity for Jesus to provide His significant teaching point to His
disciples. So, as the meal began, Jesus got up, took off his outer
cloak, and took a water basin and a towel to wash His disciple’s feet. He seems to have started with Peter first, seated in what was usually the servant’s place at the foot of the U-shaped table. Peter seems shocked seeing Jesus kneeling at his feet, whether in shame at his previous hospitality faux pas or just feeling unworthy of Jesus’ humble act. Typical of Peter, he reacts strongly, telling Jesus he would never
let Him wash his feet, thinking Jesus was shaming him for his failure, or showing them undeserved honor. But Jesus tells him, “Unless I
wash you, you have no part with me”.
D. No part with his Master! He didn’t understand what this washing meant, and could not grasp the thought of Jesus washing his feet; but if it meant not being with Jesus, he would have his hands and head
washed as well. Peter’s wanting his hands and head washed was
humbly expressing that he was wholly unclean, and so needed
complete, moral cleansing. But Jesus answers that a person who had
been bathed was clean, but except for his feet, in constant contact with the dust of the road, which needed to be washed frequently.
Jesus was of course really referring to their spiritual condition. They had been spiritually cleansed by Jesus when they accepted his call to discipleship. But just as their feet had come in daily contact with the dirt of the everyday life through which they walked, their souls needed
to be cleansed, or forgiven of the daily sin they encountered.
E. Afterwards, Jesus asks them if they had understood what He had done for them. Washing their feet had been an object lesson to
strengthen their still growing understandings. Their sinful pride in
seeking recognition as the most deserving of the group had resulted
in overlooking the chance to show love to Jesus and to the others.
Jesus’ washing their feet was a symbolic cleansing of the day’s sin,
even though it did not mean they were spiritually unclean. He had assured them they were all clean, except of course Judas, who by his rejection of Jesus as the Son of God, was no longer clean. He also adds that if He, their Lord and Teacher, would wash their feet, they should also wash one another’s feet in love.
F. These lessons are true for all of us as well. We may have been
baptized, a one time for all time washing away of our accumulated
sin. Washed in the continuing cleansing in the blood of Christ,
heeding Jesus’ words: “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
G. The cleansing work of Christ in baptism is necessary, in fact,
critical. But Jesus was telling his disciples He had already cleansed
them, but now He was washing their feet to show them His love in
daily forgiveness. And expecting them to show that same love and
forgiveness to others.
H. No matter how righteous we may feel, assured of our salvation, we still need the daily renewing of God’s grace through forgiveness. We
regularly come into contact with the dirt or sin of this world, and need to be forgiven of them. Sins that prevent us from feeling the soothing comfort of forgiveness. Forgiveness that lets us feel refreshed on our continuing walk with Him on His path of sanctification, being set apart for the holy purposes of God. Jesus washes our feet as often as we ask Him to. Our dirty feet. But then it’s up to us to stay on our daily
road of sanctification, even if it means getting our feet dirty again. The more we stray from His path, the dirtier our feet become. The grace of Christ is not only that He freely cleanses us, as often as we ask, but also that He helps us grow to completeness. And washing each
other’s feet, we help them grow to completeness as well.
I. We started by seeing Moses being told to remove His sandals, for he was standing on holy ground. At this point, he had been being
called since his birth, even being prepared to answer that call. He had come to God, accepted Him as the Lord God, but was now setting his bare feet on Holy ground, now being sanctified, being set apart for
God’s working within him for His purposes. When he obeyed God, taking off his sandals to set his feet on holy ground, he was cleansed
and set apart. He would lead God’s people out of Egypt, across the desert, and stand on the shore of the Jordan looking into the
Promised Land. But he would still need his feet cleansed regularly, daily. But he had been washed by God, and would know the fullness of being a part of his God.
J. And now, here we are, gathered here at His Table this morning, one table among the worldwide tables of Christ’s Church. Although we may have already been cleansed by the blood of Christ, assured of
our salvation by accepting His call, we still come to His table with dirty feet. Maybe we, like Peter, feel reluctant to present our feet to be
washed by Jesus, feeling like the Mom who didn’t allow dirty feet
under her table. The tables of this world may even disdain dirty feet, and proclaim them "Unwelcome." But today we come to the Father's Table, where no feet but dirty feet are welcome. We find His
comforting, refreshing forgiveness as He washes the dirt of our sins away, hearing His words that His body was broken for us. Just as in
His great love He did this for us, we should do this for one another.
Conclusion: But today we do this worldwide. With dirty feet of all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, and handicaps. Inviting all, excluding none, but never satisfied until all of God’s children are sitting around Christ’s Table. For together, united, we are standing on Holy ground, washed in the blood of Jesus, set apart to do the Will of our Savior through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God. Amen