FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2020
Call to Worship and Invocation
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the earth be silent before him.
Song of Inspiration– Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Scripture Reading (Philippians 4:4-9; 19-20)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer – Oh to Be Kept by Jesus
We are praying for you,
Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans, Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Brother Daniel, Ernest Woodard, and Mrs.Georgette Gale and Family, Mrs. Kathi Pinkard and Family, and the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland, in the passing of Bishop Frank Pinkard; Bishops George D. Crenshaw and Staccato Powell, and Presiding Elder Rogers
Most Gracious Father,
God of all goodness and grace, we come before you with praise and adoration. We beg your forgiveness for our sins and transgressions. Our prayer is that you will be patient with us as we struggle to understand the world crisis that is upon us. We know that you have all power in your hands and are standing on your promise to always be with us.
Many have been lost due to the pandemic, yet you have spared us and countless numbers more and for that mercy we are thankful. Now Lord we pray for those who are lost in this world of sin. And, Father, we pray for those who are physically and mentally ill. We ask that you will ease their pain and console their minds.
As we face another week of uncertainty, we are certain of the fact that you are God alone and besides you, there is none other. So, we lift up your name, and thank you for blessing us.
In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
Song of Praise - He's My Everything
Tithes and Offerings
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2nd Chronicles 9:7
Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116
The Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church has announced the assignment of Bishop George D. Crenshaw as Presiding Bishop of the Western Episcopal District. Welcome, Bishop Crenshaw to California and the First AME Zion Church, San Jose. Bishop Crenshaw will visit the California Conference in mid-September. More details will follow.
Sermonic Scripture Reading - Colossians 3:1-2
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (King James Version)
1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power.
2 Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. (New Living Translation)
Song of Preparation - Higher Ground
Performed by Bishop Leonard Scott
Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith
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Performed by the Fellowship Baptist Church, Chicago
Sermon - Higher Ground
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Invitation to Christian Discipleship
The door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you need to make a tough decision, now is the time. Without discussion, dialogue or debate, take that step and unite with First AME Zion Church today. Call (408) 688-6980 and First Church will celebrate with you as you make the best decision of your life.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy; To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Performed by Jessy Dixon