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Jesus loves you

and we want to get to know you. 

We Observed Worldwide Communion October 1 as "One Lord, One Church, One Banquet"  Our altar recognizes the  diversity of His Church. 

                           Photo by Cathy Buttolph

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                Merry Christmas!

                         2023   

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Happy Easter!
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Welcome

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Waltz Global Methodist Church online, or in gathered worship. We hope that our website highlights the worship, fellowship, and service opportunities available.

We became a Global Methodist Church on July 1, 2023, to insure our continued worship in a traditional style, with 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
 
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.
Worship Services  

Our traditional Worship  Service is 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!
 
   Our services are livestreamed.  Your can also  worship with us on our Facebook page (Walttzgmc Church)
 
   We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
 

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
(216)-536-0997  
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Altar Cross at our outdoor          Worship Service

    (Thanks for the photo, Eric)

Announcements

June 24             Monday                        10:15 AM  Bible Study

 

June 30             Sunday                         Potluck Lunch after Service

 

July 1                 Monday                       10:15 AM  Bible Study

 

July 3                Wednesday                  11:30 AM  Prayer Shawl Ministry

 

July 7      Saturday            8:15 AM  Fellowship Breakfast

                                              Hungry Bear Restaurant

 

July 8                 Monday                        10:15 AM  Bible Study

 

July 10               Wednesday                  11:30 AM  Ladies Aid

Showcased Photos

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Baptism of Bella Garcia and Confirmation of Noah Garcia 
Nov 19, 2023.  Simon (Dad), Sarah (Mom) and Aunt Marie with Bella and  Noah. 

 

For June 23

Sermon: The Communication of Prayer

Intro: Communication is rapidly becoming a lost art. Texting has become a significant part of  our normal communication attempts, complete with its own vocabulary that I confess IDK (I don’t know) except for LOL and emoji faces. Although most cars today have hands free phones, we’ve had to pass laws, making texting while driving illegal. People will trust information via Facebook posts rather than through personal contract. I recently heard when Facebook had been down, one woman had to knock on a neighbor’s door to tell them what she had for dinner. But the art of communication is more about exchanging information and understanding what is being transmitted and received. It becomes an art when one further perceives body language, facial expressions, voice inflection, and volume to detect meanings beyond just words.

  When I was teaching Business Management at Indiana Wesleyan University, I would include several lectures on communications. How to talk to a boss, assessing their nature or mood to open an effective dialog. What not to say to a colleague that’s offensive, possibly resulting in legal action. What not to post online that you don’t want actual or potential employers or clients from seeing. I’d always wonder why teach the art of communication when so much was common sense, which isn’t as common as we’d like to think. The more our communication depends on technology, the less personal it becomes.

I. Prayer Is:

A. Prayer is simply communication with God, and it too can lose its effectiveness. Although technology isn’t a direct barrier, perhaps the faults of modern communication carry over to how we pray. The Book of Psalms, written from within the norms of Jewish culture, is a form of communication with God. Many psalms address God somewhat bluntly, usually getting right to their purpose, such as thanks, praise, why have you forsaken me, why do you allow this or that, how long must I suffer. Psalms were written as poems, and put to music,. Our Bibles miss the music that would give us further context like sadness, anger, joy. By the end of their Psalm, writers often seem to have somewhat resolved a problem, as if there’d been some relief in just expressing their feelings.

B. The Book of Job is an illustration of such communication with God. God is testing Job to showcase Job’s righteousness. Job isn’t aware it’s a test, and eventually reaches his boiling point, and finally demands his day in court with God. But communication becomes very one-sided as God seems to challenge Job’s attitude or perhaps even his right to question Him, and Job quickly realizes he’d overstepped.

C. Despite his apparent wrath, God has known all along that Job was a righteous man, and afterwards even rewards Job with twice as much as he previously had, as well as living a long and blessed life. Some question whether Job was real, but it shows our God’s communication interaction with His Creation, even accepting His Creation daring to question Him.

D. Throughout the OT, people also communicate with God through sacrifices for forgiveness, for help in times of trouble, or as thanks for particular blessings. Although sacrifices were temporary by nature, God was offering a preview of Jesus’ coming as the forever Chief Priest and the Perfect Sacrifice that would allow humankind’s full access to God, rather than through an intermediary priest and animal sacrifices. God’s responses to these sacrifices, as well as through His prophets, revealed much about Himself. No other god has ever been perceived as so accessible and interactive, or willing to be influenced, than our God. God’s responses are not always immediate, or as we pray for, but if we are listening, and respond appropriately, God’s plans eventually work in our favor. But that’s the art of communicating with God: Being honest with Him, honest enough to even dare to question, but then, like the railroad crossing warning, Stop, look, and listen, to complete the communication cycle and an understanding of God and His purposes.

II. Matthew 6:1-8

A. In our Gospel Lesson, Jesus had been teaching about prayer, warning about the hypocrisy of practicing righteousness as a performance for others. It was fairly common for Pharisees in their religious apparel to pray publicly and out loud, but their prayers weren’t communication with God, but a performance. Jesus further teaches how not to pray - with repetitious words and phrases, babbling like the pagans did to their false gods. Pagan worshippers would pray sounding gongs and ringing bells to get their gods’ attention. But It doesn’t matter what you do or say to false gods. They can’t hear anyway.  

B. When the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray, He gives them what we know as the Lord’s Prayer, as a model for prayer. The greatest value of that profound prayer is its flow. Beginning with praise, recognizing God’s Name as holy, and the precedence of His Will in His kingdom, before we ask for our daily needs, including forgiveness for our sins, our forgiveness of others, and deliverance from evil and even temptation. But models are only guides. Many misuse the Lord’s Prayer to pray just as He taught how not to pray. I read about a young boy in a parochial school actually winning a competition for being able to recite the Lord’s Prayer the fastest. Penance in the Catholic Church is often given by the number of times the Lord’s Prayer must be recited. Some believe prayer posture is important - raising hands, laying face down on the ground, eyes closed, or open looking upward to heaven, heads bowed, hands humbly folded. But what matters most is that prayer needs to be from our hearts, not in empty words and phrases. And if it is to be communication, it has to be about speaking and listening.

C. Children makes lists of Christmas and birthday wants. To some, prayer is like that, giving God our daily wants, instead of asking to be given this day our daily bread, our spiritual food to thrive within God’s Will for us. We don’t need to approach God as if we were bringing Him up to speed. We can be confident He already knows our situation even better than we do, but wants us to be honest in expressing what we feel and what we’re asking for. Often, putting our thoughts in words helps us understand our own problems better.

D. Hymns and praise songs should prepare us, put us in proper attitude for worship. They can be contemporary, traditional, upbeat and joyful, or peaceful, whatever helps.. But they’re written by others whose words and thoughts aren’t necessarily ours. By contrast, prayer should be personal. Using our own feelings, often not even in words, to express what we want God to hear, and listening to hear what God wants us to hear. Similarly, we may not hear words, and things may not happen immediately, but we may be left with a feeling of God’s Presence, confident we have been heard. We often don’t hear or know the answer to a prayer because we don’t spend enough quiet time listening. We tell God what we think, but don’t allow a quiet time to meditate on His will.

III. Psalm 139:1-12

A. Our OT lesson provides another critical piece of understanding prayer. The psalmist recognizes God having already searched him and knew him well, even his words before they were spoken. In movies, we see someone who hasn’t prayed in a while identify themself, with excuses for their absence. They may try to rationalize their absence, but God still knows that person, and their lives, far more intimately than they realize. The psalmist rhetorically asks where could he go where God wasn’t. If he climbed the highest mountain, or went to the depths of the sea, even hidden in the darkness, God would still be there. I like to spend time in the early morning quiet, with my prayer shawl around me, feeling as if God’s hands are around my shoulders. I’ve had many a sermon form during that quiet time, thoughts more than voices. But that’s what prayer is: communication. Expressing ourselves to God, knowing He hears our every word, and then listening for His response, feeling His Presence.

B. An older gentleman got his first cell phone. His wife called him when he was at the store, then later at the library. When she called him again while he was in a MacDonald’s, he was totally in awe. “These phones are amazing,” he says. “It knows exactly where I am when you call!”  But God doesn’t need a cell phone to find us. He’s already there.

C. Prayer may be our initial attempt to influence God to do what we think He should do, or even how He should do it. But we need to be willing to trust that God may have something better in mind, a better way to do what we’re asking for, something different He wants us to do, or even something we don’t want to do. Prayer should also be a time to ask for understanding what His will is for us.

D. Paul, as a Jewish religious leader, may well have thought he was serving God by persecuting the followers of Jesus, until Jesus confronted Him directly. Jesus didn’t force Paul to become the greatest evangelist in the Bible, but rather opened the doors for Paul to accomplish His will. Paul spent many hours in prayer for God to show him those opened doors. Once Jesus’ enemy, Paul became His advocate. The more God showed him through prayer, the greater Paul knew the joy/satisfaction of accomplishing His will. I don’t think Paul could have been as successful without such communication with God.

E. Our Hymn of Preparation, What A Friend We Have in Jesus, further explores our prayer relationship with Jesus. Considering it a privilege of taking everything to God in prayer, for Him to bear all our sins and griefs. Such needless pain we endure, even forfeiting His peace when we don’t take everything to God in prayer. But prayer that doesn’t try to impose our will on His, but trusting enough to accept His will on ours. I want to share a very touching and profound poem, written by an unknown Confederate Soldier, that talks about God answering prayer, but not as he had asked: 

I asked for strength that I might achieve; I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things. 

I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise. 

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. 

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that I might enjoy all things. 

I got nothing that I had asked for, but everything that I had hoped for. 

Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered, I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

F. Jesus’ prayer in the Garden would also illustrate prayer answered differently than we asked. Jesus knew His Father’s Will, but prayed for release from going to the Cross, a very human, understandable plea. Jesus had developed an open, honest relationship with His Father, continually praying for guidance and understanding. Jesus felt He could even ask His Father to change His Will, even though He knew the Cross was critical to God’s plan to reconcile humankind. But He concedes, “Not my will be done, but Yours.” And the obedient Jesus died fulfilling His Father’s Will.

Conclusion. Jesus was the sacrifice for sin so God could be in the presence of sinful mankind, and that we could have full access to our God. Not just a genie to grant our wishes. From Hs deep love for His Creation, God wants to draw near to us, in complete communication forming the basis of a deep relationship.to form a personal relationship with each of us. A relationship with our God who knows our needs, hears our desires, and yet knows what fits His perfect Will. A relationship with Him that allows us to trust Him that His Will is from His perfect, deep love for us. A relationship bonded by prayer as a daily, two-way communication. Amen.

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