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 Feb 5. Hope to see you then.
Special Prayer Needs:
We share in joy that Chuck Anderson has reunited with his sister Debby, who is now residing with him. Debby has Huntington's and will benefit from Chuck's care.
For George and Doris Mueller making their new home at The Echelon, on N. Huntington St.
We lift up Bob Garver, who had eye surgery, Jan 19, and hoping to recover from problems in his vision.
For all in Covid protocol isolation.
Daily Devotions For
Thursday 20 Jan
From Psalms 139:1-2
"You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar."
Why do people feel they can hide things from God? He formed us in our mother's womb. He has known us from the beginning. He hears us when we pray. God doesn't need our permission to enter our thoughts. As this psalm states, He can even perceive our thoughts from afar.
This psalm seems to have been written by David in his latter years, although there is no proof of that. But when we think of David we may well remember his adulterous affair with Bathsheba. As close as David had been to God - with Goliath, having been chosen the next king of Israel, chased by Saul but protected - David thought God could be kept from knowing. David was surprised that the prophet Nathan revealed God's knowing his sins, and repented right way. So when David wrote this psalm, He was probably well aware that God searches us and knows our every thought and deed.
The guilty may perceive God is an unwanted intruder. They need to fear God's omniscience, (all knowing) and omnipresence (all presence). And yet, those who fear the Lord should feel an assurance and comfort that we cannot stray beyond God. He is always with us and knows our needs, and our sins. But He loves us and knows the damage sin can do to us. Like a parent watching their child, enjoying seeing the child at play, but knowing what harm is present and protects the child from such harm. Our heavenly Parent can even know what harm lurks in our minds, and can protect us. Even forgive us when He knows we're sorry for our wrongdoing. Be thankful we have a caring God, who knows us so well.
"Thank You, Lord for knowing, and understanding, me so well."
Daily Devotions For
Friday 21 Jan
From Psalms 139:5-6
"You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain."
Yesterday we heard the psalmist say God knew what was in our heart, even when we sit or rise. In this continuing passage, he says God hems us in from behind and before us, even laying His hand upon us. I agree with the psalmist, it is too lofty for us, too wonderful for us to appreciate. If God hems us in, surrounding us, who can penetrate His defenses to cause us harm. That is a lot to take in.
As humans, God's omnipresence is difficult to understand. But because He tells us so, we can believe it. But believing it means acting confidently that it is true. We need to walk in paths that God will want us to, knowing it is the right way, But living recklessly, cavalierly disregarding His directions is to invite disaster. He doesn't force us to walk in His paths. But if we want His protection, we need to let Him guide us where we should go. If we disobey Him, choosing sin's ways, He may choose to let us suffer the consequences. We won't find success on those paths. He will do all He can to nudge us to right path, and He is still before and behind us, but when we resist Him, we marginalize His power.
But God is not just behind us, he is ahead of us too He knows where our path is leading, and the consequences of that road. Psalm 23 tells He leads us in the path of righteousness for His Name sake. The shepherd knew the way, and those sheep that followed Him were safe. But those that wandered away were beyond the shepherd's reach and were putting themselves in danger. He leads us, if we follow Him. And He's behind us, urging us to follow. But it's our choice.
"Good Shepherd, help me hear You calling me forward, but also pushing me onward.
Daily Devotions For
Saturday 22 Jan
From Psalms 139:7-8
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there;"
To answer the psalmist's rhetorical question of where to hide from the Spirit or hide from God's presence...nowhere. The psalmist lists obvious potential places - mountaintops, the depths of the sea, even the grave. But God is omniscient and omnipresent. He is all knowing and everywhere present.
Evil persons look for such a place to hide. They want their sin to remain concealed, they want to operate in the darkness. But God's light is everywhere. It overpowers the darkness, and darkness cannot overcome it. But they cannot hide from God's sight.
Friends of God don't want to hide from Him. They want to know where to avoid the dark places so they are never far from God's light. But the answer is still the same, although reassuring in this case. There is nowhere we are ever out of God's sight.
We are not even hidden in death (Sheol). We fear death because of its darkness and its seeming separation from God. But not even in death are we away from God. It is in death, as Paul tells in I Cor 15, that the corruptible puts on the incorruptible, the mortal is clothed with immortality, and we are taken into His eternal Presence.
We cannot see God, but He always sees us. We are never out of His sight, even though we sometimes wish we could be. When we know that our sins are ever open to Him. But even then, we know He sees our sins, so we should be quick to have them forgiven. Having them linger only weighs us down unnecessarily.
"Lord, it is reassuring to know that even if I want to hide from You, I cannot. Let Your light shine graciously on me."