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. Details are under review.
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.
We are hoping to have an Admin Board meeting this month, as well as a Trustees meeting. Dates and times are being discussed.
Special Prayer Needs:
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.
Paul Freese, wheelchair bound, underwent surgery for a wound in his back that became infected. He underwent successful surgery to close the wound, but it is now seeping and starting to show discoloration. Keep him in prayer.
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
Friday March 5
From Psalms 50:1-2
"The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth."
The psalmist here is conveying the idea that our God is speaking from a position of power. When a powerful dignitary is speaking he/she is likely to speak from an elevated platform and have important seals around the dignified podium. Kings and Pharaohs spoke from their thrones often holding a scepter of power showing them to be important and possess the power of their office.
This is the image being presented of our Mighty God, summoning the earth before Him with the sun rising and setting around it. HIs throne is Zion, symbolically the city of God where he resides in perfect radiant beauty. His words are shown to be coming from the One in authority, speaking to an audience of His subjects. Even though God's Word carries such weight without the impressive trappings serving to amplify HIs Power, it is inspiring to see our Holy God in this splendor filled setting. As the hymn expresses, "Jesus shall reign, where e'er the sun does its successive journeys run." Worship Him in awe!
"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth. I bow down before thee, My King."
Daily Devotional for
Saturday March 6
From Psalms 51:12
"Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
This passage is from David's well known psalm of confession following his adultery with Bathsheba. David is at a very low point in his life. He had just been exposed for his adultery with the wife of one of his most loyal soldiers. He lied to cover up his sin, then even arranged to have Bathsheba's husband killed in battle. When the prophet Nathan told him God's anger, David was ashamed. He was then told the child they had conceived would not live because of his sin.
David had to have been at one of the lowest points of his life. He had known God all his life, had seen God's power at work to put him on the throne, led David in many successful battles. And now God had shamed him because he had compounded one sin after another. His plea is heartfelt and despairing, asking to be forgiven, and restored to the joy of God's salvation.
God did forgive him, and restored him to His favor again. While David was deluding himself that he could cover up his sin, he was miserable and under strong fear he would be found out. But when he confessed his sin, he found inner peace in his soul, and knowing again the joy of relationship with God. Even bearing the consequences of his sin he could not escape, he knew the relief of his forgiven life, the joy of his salvation.
What God did for David, despite his horrible sinfulness, He will do for us. But we must be honest with God, confess that we are sinful, and turn back to His mercy. We don't need to continue in the miseries of sin. He is more ready to forgive than we are to ask!
"O Lord, what needless pain we bear when we don't give up our sins. Thank You for showing me the joy of Your salvation."
Daily Devotional for
Monday March 8
From Psalms 51:17
"My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart."
We can read these words in the previous part of this psalm where David has confessed his deep sin of adultery and lying to God. He is broken hearted at the full realization of the depth of this sin. Here, near the conclusion of his psalm, he reiterates his 'sacrifice' of a broken and contrite spirit.
Old Testament animal sacrifices were meant to show God a particular ideal. Some were to show God as the priority in their life, as in giving the first part of their grain harvest. Sacrifices were made for a first born child, sin offering, thanksgiving offerings, etc. Such offerings were not to be just a ritual, but given from the heart. Obviously David was offering a sin offering, but not of an animal or grain, but of himself. He offers a broken spirit, which is not the same as a permanent loss of face before God. His broken spirit was more like the taming of a wild animal, such as 'breaking' a horse. David's spirit had become 'untamed' before God and needed to tamed again. His contrite, or repentant heart, would be the acceptable sacrifice to show God his sincerity asking for forgiveness and restoration to God's favor.
Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross was meant to be the final sacrificial offering to God. From then on, we could claim His sacrifice for our own, but the requirement for sincerity and contrite hearts did not change. If we are to claim Christ as our Savior, our sacrifice for sin, it is not to be a mere ritual, but genuine, and from the heart. We cannot use words to say 'sorry' and then return where we left off. We may sin again, and be forgiven. Each time may be a separate event, but each time should show an honest desire to change from a broken spirit.
"Lord, I ask for forgiveness. I know I sin often. But look upon my heart and see my sincerity."
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