First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship
Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Call to Worship and Invocation

This is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it.  In this new year, we pray for renewed hope and love in our land.  Dear Heavenly Father, teach us how to pray and how to obey Your Holy Word.  Amen.

Morning Hymn -- Pass Me Not

Performed by Pastor E.Dewey Smith

Gloria Patri 

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 -- I Corinthians 15:12-22

12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer --  Call Him by His Name

Performed by  Damien Sneed and Friends

 

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, Monalisa Olague, Mrs. Barbara Hill, Beola Baker,  Greater Cooper AME Zion Church in the passing of Deaconess Virginia Allen , David Williams, Donna Rouse and Family

Dear Heavenly Father,  

It is again Heavenly Father that we approach Thy throne of grace.  We come with adoration and thanksgiving for all your blessings and grace towards us.  We are not worthy to gather up the crumbs from under your Holy table, yet you feed us and fulfill all our needs.

First Church prays your forgiveness for all our sins, individually and collectively, as we all have sinned and fallen short of your word.  Dear God, please accept our repentant spirit and grant unto us a better understanding of your will and your way.  We want to be better disciples and live out your love through our lives.

Now God, some of us are heavy laden today -- death has taken our loved ones and we are sad.  Others of us are suffering health issues and financial burdens, but we know that you have all power in your hands and that you will provide our every need.  We pray Lord for the desires of our heart and we pray for a stronger determination to serve and follow thee.

Now as we approach this coming week, be with us Lord and give us the strength and courage that we need to face this dying world.  We thank you Lord for the healing of our land from the horrible reality of the coronavirus pandemic.  Open our eyes that we may see that you are the Living God and besides you there is none other.  Let this be our testimony as we move forward in our homes, schools, and places of work and recreation.

We pray a special prayer for the Pastors of the California Conference and for our Pastor as he continues in Your Word. Give him the strength that he needs to lead your people in the ways of Your word and in the doctrine of Zion.

These and many other blessings we pray in Jesus holy and righteous name.  Amen.

Song of Praise -- Oh How Precious

Performed by Kathy Taylor

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

Announcements

Remember the Leadership Training Institute -- All members are asked to be part of this great teaching ministry.  The Church has already paid the registration, so just show up.   See you on Zoom, April 23 and 24. An email will be sent to you with the Zoom sign-on information.

Helping our Sister Church to reach the Spanish-Speaking Community

 

In our efforts to work as a team, helping each other in ministry,  the following posting is from Brother Jose Ayala and the Espiritu Santo ministry.  Please share this announcement with your family and friends.

 

Espiritu Santo invites you to our Spanish-speaking bible study.  We meet on Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m.  Call us on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at (650) 704-9361 .  We meet on Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m.  Call us on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at (650) 704-9361 to be part of this exciting study of God's Word.  I  hope to hear from you soon.

 

Brother Jose Ayala

 

Espiritu Santo te invita a nuestro estudio bíblico de habla hispana.  Nos reunimos los martes y viernes a las 7:00 p.m., y los domingos a las 4:00 p.m.  Llámenos el martes, viernes y domingo al (650) 703-9361 para ser parte de este emocionante estudio de la Palabra de Dios.  Espero saber de ti pronto.

 

Hermano José Ayala

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 -- Luke 24:6-8 and Acts 11:13-16

6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

8 And they remembered his words,

Acts 11:13-16

13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning

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16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Song of Preparation --  God Said It, I Believe It

Performed by The Times Square Choir

Sermon --  Remember the Words of Jesus

Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor

First AME Zion Church San Jose

Today's Scripture:  Luke 24:6-8 and Acts 11:13-16

"Remember the Words of Jesus"

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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) 688-6690 and First Church will celebrate with you as you make the best decision of your life.

Benediction

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.