First AME Zion Church
Virtual Worship
Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Call to Worship and Invocation

This is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it. Today we bless your Name, Heavenly Father for the life and love that you have given us.  We praise You for the blessings that You so richly bestowed upon us.  Amen.

Morning Hymn -- Walking Up the King's Highway

Performed by Fellowship Baptist Church

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 -- 1 John 5:1-5, 11 (6th Sunday in Eastertide)

5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Amen.

Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer --  Lord Keep Me Day by Day

Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith

 

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, Greg and Monica Thompson, 

Mrs. Barbara Hill, Beola Baker,  Pinky Westry, J. Johnson,  David Williams, the Greater Cooper Church family, and Pastor Jawwad Love and Family

Dear Heavenly Father,  

 

Here we are again, gathered around your throne of grace.  We come with prayer asking you to forgive our many sins and transgressions.  We come with a heart of adoration for you and of thanksgiving for your love and mercy.

 

​Lord some of us have experienced a tumultuous week, filled with confusion and disappointment.  While others of us have been blessed to bask in the comfort of your Word.  But no matter what our experience we confess that we need your heavenly guidance and direction.  We're asking that you lead and guide us, direct our footsteps that we may stay safe from the hazards of this world.

Lord this morning we ask that you look at the young folk in our families and communities.  Please, Jesus, keep your loving arms of protection around them.  Let them know that no matter how much their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends love them, they've got to come to the admonition of knowledge of you for themselves.  Be with them, Jesus we pray.

​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.  You are our God and besides you there is none other. These and many other blessings we pray in Jesus holy name.  Amen.

Song of Praise -- Having You There

Performed by The Mississippi 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

Announcements

Please mark your calendar for June 10.  That is the first day of our Zoom Annual Conference 2021.

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.

 

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 9:51 and 53, John 10:10

51   And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

53   And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

 

John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.   (King James Version)

Song of Preparation -- I'm Going Through

Performed by Rev. Clay Evans

and The AARC Mass Choir

Sermon -- Jesus Had a Goal -- What is Yours?

Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor

Jesus Had a Goal -- What is Yours?

Luke 9:51 and 53; John 10:10

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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.