First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship
Sunday, February 7, 2021
The Call to Worship and Invocation
This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. On this first Sunday of February 2021, as we celebrate Black History Month, we pray for rekindled heart filled with hope and determination to serve our God.
Morning Hymn -- Lift Every Voice and Sing
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 --
Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- There's a Bright Side Somewhere
Performed by Pastor Asa W. Sampson, Sr.
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, Tim and Sarah-Ann Pennington, Mrs. Barbara Hill in the passing of her brother.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come before you on this beautiful day with thanksgiving and praise. Lord, we pray that you will forgive our acts, words and deeds that were not pleasing in Your sight. We pray that You will continue to lead and guide us as we face the many challenges that this life presents. We are so grateful for mercy and kindness towards us and that You have seen fit to let our lives roll on.
We come now pleading for this land. We are troubled by sin and plagued by the coronavirus, other health issues, family and financial matters, and just plain sin, and we ask that You will hear our prayer and heal our land. We are confident that only Your comfort will sustain us in the days ahead.
Lord, as we enter another month "Shelter In Place" we enter it with the assurance that You are with us and that You are our constant source of protection. We pray that you will touch our hearts and minds with the desire to listen to your Word, to depend on it for guidance, and to find shelter in it in this time of social unrest. It is with this belief in Your Word that we pray in the most precious Name of Jesus. Amen.
Black History Celebration
First Church is blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month. Thiis Sundays emphasis is on the historical background of Black History Month and its meaning to African Americans.
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 and 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
Members are asked to make a sacrificial offering for the upkeep and business of our church.
First Church will host the Bay Cities District Conference via Zoom on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. The Conference is scheduled to be dismissed by 12 noon. All First Church members are asked to attend. Pastor Rogers is asking that you not use pictures or other images on the screen. We want to create an atmosphere of fellowship, praise and worship, and seeing each other's face is part of that experience.
Please check your text messages and email for further updates on the events and news about the schedule for all local AMEZ services. In accordance with the directives of the Board of Bishops, our on-site services are suspended until further notice. This includes Bible Study and choir rehearsals. Our next on-site service to be announced.
The Sermonic Scripture - Nehemiah 8:3
3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until mid-day — before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. (King James Version)
Song of Preparation --
Performed by New York Restoration Choir and Donnie McClurkin
Sermon -- How to Listen to God's Word
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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.