First AME Zion Church
Virtual Worship
Communion Sunday, June 6, 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 June 2021, this Holy Communion Sunday, we pray for renewed hope, healing,  and love in our land. 

Morning Hymn --  Holy, Holy, Holy

Performed by Park Central Presbyterian

Church Choir

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 -- Matthew 26:26-36

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.

34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Bless Me 

Performed by Greater Allen AME Cathedral,

New York

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, Mrs. Barbara Hill, Beola Baker, J. Johnson,  David Williams, and Donna Rouse and Family

Dear Heavenly Father,  

It is yet another first Sunday that your grace has sustained us.  We stand before you with thanksgiving in our hearts.  And in spite of the fact that you have spared us, we are here with broken hearts, unsettled differences, and a group of concerns that you have told us to ignore, beg our transgressed sister or brother's forgiveness and walk  in your light.  Thank you God because we know that is only your mercy and grace that has kept us.

Lord there are unspoken needs in our Church and community.  Please hear those silent prayers and bless the hearts of your people so that they might seek out refuge and friendship in our churches.  

And, Father God for those who have laid their petitions before you, please give them the desires of their hearts, if it be your Holy will.  Please keep our families safe and continue to keep your loving arms of protection around us as we strive to do your will.  Bless Pastor Rogers as he serves First Church and the Bay Cities District.  

 

Dear God, as we anxiously await a new Conference Year, let us move forward in a spirit of love and unity.  Amen.

Song of Praise --  He's So Real

Performed by the Detroit Mass Choir

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.

Announcements

Our 153rd Annual Conference will commence on June 10, 2021, via Zoom. The Zoom link will be distributed.  Please keep Sister Aletha Johnson, our Annual Conference Delegate, and Pastor Rogers in your prayers.

FIRST CHURCH RE-OPENING

 

Mark Your Calendar - The Board of Trustees is in the process of planning to re-open  our Church for on-site services starting on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.  Please keep our officers in prayer and be sure to tell all of your friends and family that we are anxious to see them on June 27.

The Sermonic Scripture - Ezekiel 3:15

15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

Song of Preparation -- For the Rest of  My Life 

Performed by Rev. Timothy Wright and

Keith "Wonder Boy" Johnson

Sermon --  Where are You Sitting?

Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor

Scripture: Ezekiel 3:15

Where Are You Sitting?

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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.

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.

Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., Dr. Maurice Watson, Pastor