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 church 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 we 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. Our next breakfast will be Nov 6. Hope to see you then.
Special Prayer Needs:
Healing prayers for Howard Osborne recovering from a stroke, and his friend, Helen, who is hospitalized with Covid.
Our prayers for healing of Chuck Anderson of stomach/intestinal issues. Also praying for his sister Debby to stay with him. Debby has Parkinson's and would benefit from Chuck's care.
Steve Boley, Barbara Bohey's husband had surgery Nov 2 for ligament and tendon repair and is home recovering. 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
Saturday 27 Nov
From Psalms 119:71
"It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees."
It's been said that the school of hard knocks is a good teacher, but the tuition is expensive. We learn some valuable lessons from difficult experiences, but they can be painful. The psalmist alludes to that here, but doesn't say God had afflicted him; he only says he was afflicted. We sometimes blame God for our troubles, believe he is punishing us directly or making us suffer for unknown reasons.
First of all, the God who loves us, doesn't afflict us. Using Job as an example, God didn't afflict Job. God was very pleased with Job and had bragged about Him to Satan. Satan scoffed, saying that anyone could be faithful when God was protecting them. God simply removed His protection from Job, letting Job function as He always had, stipulating only that Satan could not kill Job. Satan began afflicting Job, not God. Job finally complained, asking God why, but he remained faithful. In the end, Job understood more about God and himself through those afflictions, and God rewarded him with even more possessions than he had before.
God is Good and cannot do evil. He cannot tempt us. But He allows what He knows will make us better. Those afflictions test our faith and can make us stronger. He shows us a way through those afflictions, if we take His Hand. We fear no evil walking through the valley of the shadow of death because He is with us, giving us comfort and sorrow....if we stay close to Him. We see that God didn't put the evil there, but He led us through the valley, willing to comfort us if we let Him. God knows how much we can endure, and how much will make us stronger. He is not the headmaster of the school of hard knocks. He's the Physician that heals us from the painful lessons we learn.
"Hear my cries for help and healing, Lord. I trust in Your love and goodness that can keep me safe from harm."
Daily Devotional for
Monday 29 Nov
From Psalms 119:75-76
"I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant."
In the last devotional, the psalmist said that it was good for him to be afflicted so he could learn God's ways. Here, he says that God is faithful in His afflictions, but that His love was comfort in those afflictions. It's easy to feel discouraged when we're sick or feeling down. We said previously that God doesn't afflict us with evil. We often suffer self afflictions because of poor decisions. We sometimes do things God has told us not to, and then we blame Him for the consequences. But He still allows those afflictions, perhaps so that our suffering lets us learn what He wants us to. Paul says our suffering produces character. So, we see our suffering is not just an affliction. Of course, if we refuse to learn and continue to make poor decisions, or disobey God, our suffering may go longer than we needed. But God is still faithful in that He still oversees our suffering.
It's when we turn to Him about our suffering that we rely on His care. The psalmist says His love is our comfort. If we have learned to seek His love, we find that comfort. The comfort in believing He knows our pain, hears our pleas, and is already working on a resolution. Without knowing His reasons, we place our afflictions in His care, believe in His love, and trust in Him. We may still have physical pain, but we have a peace that He gives - our comfort. Even facing death, we have the comfort of knowing we will be in His eternal Home where there will be no pain, sorrow, or tears. We will be healed in His Presence.
"O God, when my pain gets so great, help me know, it hurts You as well. And I know it's never too great that You won't comfort me."
Daily Devotional for
Tuesday 30 Nov
From Psalms 119:78
"May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts."
We all have enemies Some we have because we did something to wrong them, for which we well have earned their anger. But what often hurts worse is that some are enemies for no apparent reason, or even worse because of a lie someone told. It's hard to defend ourselves if we're not sure what their anger is about. They may hold us in unforgiveness and even cause others to believe the unjust cause against us. Because they are bitter toward us, we may find ourselves becoming bitter toward them, and even wanting to see vengeful justice. But as Christians, we know that God says we are not to seek vengeance. God is the distributor of justice, not us. We're commanded to love our enemies; forgive them rather than hold them in unforgiveness. It can be difficult to meet with our enemies, to set things right again, and find forgiveness. But the psalmist puts this in God's hands, suggesting they be put to shame. Instead, the psalmist says he will meditate on God's 'precepts', God's rules for living. We can know his rules, but if we understand them, we can follow their wisdom in our lives. The basis of God's rules, especially in our dealings with other people, is love. We cannot love others if we hold them in unforgiveness. In his Epistle, James says if we say we love God but hate our brother, we are liars. So, the psalmist is saying he will not pursue vengeance, even if he is wrongly accused because he is focusing on God's rules. The best way to kill an enemy is still to make them a friend.
"Lord, we pray that You will forgive us, but help me to forgive others. I cannot ask for Your mercy if I show none to others."