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 returning to some of our normal ways of worship, including not requiring masks for those who have been vaccinated.
We have continued to meet for worship since June in our outdoor pavilion, weather permitting, in a beautiful country 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)
All events had been cancelled during the COVID crisis, but are now back to full activities.
Our Fellowship Breakfasts are continuing to meet at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Litchfield at 8:30 on the first Saturday of each month. However, our next Breakfast will be delayed until August 14 for vacation conflicts Hope to see you then.
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.
Special Prayer Needs:
Prayers for the mother-in-law of Roger Fowler's niece, Grace Brown, who contracted Covid and is not expected to live.
Healing prayers for Howard Osborne's good friend, Helen, who is hospitalized with Covid.
Healing prayers for our friend Marcia, who underwent kidney transplant surgery, and is having some treatable complications. Praises for a successful surgery.
Healing prayers for the nephew of Beth Norton, born six weeks early and is currently on a ventilator.
Our prayers for healing of Chuck Anderson of stomach/intestinal issues.
Jill Heath asks for prayers after a fall that left her with stitches in her head, and broken ribs, and a stay in Akron General Hospital for a few day. Keep her in prayer.
Carol Scheiman has been in Medina Hospital with strep, blood clots, and pneumonia. She is home and continuing to improve.
Our prayers are with John/Shirley Freese's nephew, Paul. Healing of his incision is going well. He is in the Sanctuary for a little more rehab before returning home.
Daily Devotional for
Thursday July 29
From Psalms 96:4-5
"For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens."
I can't remember where I heard or read it, but I remember the words, "Choose your heroes wisely." It stuck with me and I see the wisdom more every day it seems. The psalmist here alludes to that. He praises the Lord, saying He is worthy of praise, to be feared above all gods. Not real gods, but gods of our own making and choosing, like the idols of the nations the psalmist mentions.
The gods we choose as our heroes are the ones we will follow after. As kids, my brother and I had our sports heroes and would buy equipment endorsed by them, and often develop some of their traits, or buy products they endorsed. As my kids grew up, I was careful to watch their heroes because I knew they would be their role models. I wanted them to choose ones who would help them become good people. We can be easily misled by the wrong heroes, or inspired by the right heroes. I was fortunate to have a Dad as good role model, and even a Mom I could look up to.
So, the psalmist is showing two types of role models. The God who will never let us down or lead us astray. The God who loves us and wants us to achieve our very best. Or gods we may choose to follow and one day find that they have misled us, who weren't real, and not worthy of praise. Maybe a sports hero, the 'cool kid' at school, or a god of materialist substance - power, money, friends. Eventually they will fail. But our God never will. And the more we emulate Him, the better our lives will be.
"God, help me discern between the gods of this world, and You, the God of eternity and righteousness."
Daily Devotional for
Friday July 30
From Psalms 96:7-8
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts."
Ascribe isn't a word we use much any more. It means to regard a quality as belonging to someone. This is a praise psalm. Here the psalmist is inviting the families of God's people to join in the festivities of praise. Why should we praise Him? Regard Him as filled with glory. He radiates light as we see Him in the first chapters of Revelation. Recognize His strength, that nothing can move Him, no one can overcome Him. As our Protector, He is strong and unfailing. Regard Him by the glory that is due to Him for all He has done for us. Bring an offering, a gift of thanks to Him, honoring Him as Lord God.
We sometimes fail to honor God as God. To be in awe just to be in His Presence. We come to Him in our problems, our pain, our sorrows. We seek Him as our refuge and strength. But we need to step back and recognize Him as the Almighty God, the King of Creation, seeing Him sitting on the throne of glory, surrounded by HIs angels.
It's easy to come to God with our problems, and He invites us to do just that. But before we start spilling our tears and needs, we should start by 'ascribing' to Him all those magnificent qualities of God. Remembering He is Holy. Remembering why we came to Him. Remember all He has done for us. And ascribe to Him glory and strength, and honor that is truly due Him. Then the prayers we bring don't seem so overpowering to our great God!
"Before I lay out my problems that seem so big to me, hear my praises for Your greatness that is even bigger."
Daily Devotional for
Saturday July 31
From Psalms 96:9-10
"Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity."
What will it be like to face the Lord on my first day in heaven? Do you sort of remember going to the principal's office in elementary school? Or facing your new boss on the first day of your new job. Or facing your boss when he has your evaluation in front of him? Most people find it hard to sit calmly or casually. It must be like that with the Holy God. Trembling before Him, like the psalmist says, seems fitting. But more like trembling in awe. The Creator of the world, the God who knew me even before I was born. Angels bow down before Him. Even the demons know him...and tremble. Who am I that I should approach this wondrous God?
And yet, He is the God who reigns. The God who is not random or fickle. He reigns over all. The world is firmly established. He has set its boundaries and natural laws, and nothing changes without His knowledge. And even I have fit into that scheme. He sees me as a piece of that enormous Creation that He loves so much. He judges and rules the world with absolute equity and fairness. What have I to fear?
And yet He is an awe-some God. I will be filled with awe at seeing the God who is beyond my comprehension. My trembling then will not be in fear but in being filled with awe. Too much awe to speak, maybe even stand. But when his voice calls to me, I will know that there is no one, no thing more worthy of my praise and honor - ever!
"You, and You alone are God! Never let me forget the awe of knowing You."
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