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  • November 29, 2020 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2020 ​ Welcome to First AME Zion Church San Jose. Your presence brings us great joy. We thank God for you and pray that you are blessed by this worship experience. The Call to Worship and Invocation The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Heavenly Father, we pray that you bless us as we enter Your holy presence on this the first day of Advent. Morning Hymn – Oh How I Love Jesus ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Scripture Reading -- Romans 13:8-14 ​ 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. ​ 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. 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. ​ First Sunday of Advent: The Lighting of the Hope Candle ​ ​ ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Lead Me, Guide Me 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 ​ Precious Heavenly Father, We come today asking for forgiveness of our sins. We love and adore you and praise your name this morning. Thank you for another week of life and blessings. Many have suffered and died since last Sunday, yet you saw fit to let us celebrate another Thanksgiving day and to see another Sunday morning gathered in this virtual place of worship. Even in this time of pandemic and confusion, you have allowed us to keep a sound mind and strength. Lord, we woke up this morning with our minds stayed on you and a determination to be in your presence. We want to be close to you because we know that we can't make it without your guidance. Please Lord continue to let your Holy Spirit dwell within us that we may resist the devil and temptation. Give us the fortitude to lead our children, to honor our marriages, to live up to our commitments, and to make our abodes places of joy and worship. We pray for strength that we may hold up the blood-stained banner and be living testimonies of your presence in our lives. Now Father we pray for those whose names are on our payer list. We lift them up to you. You know what they stand in need of and we are confident that you will supply their every need. Father, touch the AME Zion Church, its leaders and members; and, Lord, please bless Pastor Rogers as he continues to lead us through these trying times. We praise you, we bless you, and we thank you for being our shelter and our solid rock. Amen . Song of Praise -- Yes, Jesus Loves Me 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 Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone) or mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 ​ ​ Song of Preparation -- Love Lifted Me Announcements ​ The second Quarterly Conference of the 2020-2021 year will be held on next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Please go to Zoom and register for the Conference. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkd-2grTooHNbaaH_jNhs7TfqWpS_iR5hw ; ​ First Church continues to abide by the CDC and State of California guidelines, as well as the decision of the Board of Bishops with regard to assembly during the COVID-19 pandemic. " I am urging our pastors and people to not assemble indoors until further notice. . . We must acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Simply stated, God is in charge, not mayors, governors, presidents, presiding elders, pastors, or bishops, for which we are delighted. Thank you for adhering to these directives. Continue to stay focused, serve faithfully, and stand firm." Please check your text messages and email for further updates on the events and news about the schedule for all local AMEZ services. ​ Sermonic Scripture Reading -- St. Matthew 5:43, 44 ​ 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shall love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, 'love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you'. (King James Version) ​ Performed by Benita Jones Performed by W est Angeles COGIC Angelic Choir Performed by West Angeles COGIC Angelic Choir Performed by Velma Willis and the Gospel Pioneer Reunion Choir Sermon - Learning to Love Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Today's Scripture -- St. Matthew 5:43,44 - Learning to Love ​ Click Icon for sound. Invitation to Discipleship The door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you want to be a living sacrifice unto God, now is the time to make that decision. 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. ​

  • August 9, 2020 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY , AUGUST 9, 2020 C all to Worship and Invocation ​ Bless our God, O people, let the sound of God’s praise be heard, who has kept us among the land of the living, and has not let our feet slip. This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank you Heavenly Father for this beautiful day that you have so graciously given us. Amen. ​ Song of Inspiration – I Surrender All ​ ​ ​ ​ 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 (Exodus 20:1-18) 20 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer – Is Your All on the Altar ​ 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, Sister Simone, Ernest Woodard, and Mrs.Georgette Gale and Family, Mrs. Kathi Pinkard and Family, and the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland, in the passing of their loved ones, Bishops Staccato Powell and George D. Crenshaw, and Presiding Elder Rogers ​ Most Gracious Father, It is again that Thy servants come before you with hearts full of praise and thanksgiving. We thank you for your peace in the midst of turmoil and for your saving Grace. We are sorry for our sins against You and beg Your forgiveness. As we face this test of disease in our land, we pray that you will hear our prayer, O Lord. Incline Thine ear to us and grant us Thy peace. Father we pray for our families and friends and for all those who have suffered sickness or lost loved ones due to the Coronavirus. We know that you are a physician and that you can deliver us, and we claim the victory in your precious Name. Please bless First AME Zion Church, our members, and leaders as they stand as a witness for You in this time when some unbelievers see no hope. We pray for Bishops Powell and Crenshaw as our Western Episcopal District transitions to its newThank you Lord for all that you have done in our lives and all that you will do. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen. ​ ​ Song of Praise - Lord Help Me to Hold Out ​ ​ ​ 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 ​ ​ Announcements ​ 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. ​ Sermonic Scripture Reading - Philippians 1:27 ​ But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News. (New Living Translation) ​ Song of Preparation - In the Midst of It All ​ Performed by Whintley Phipps Performed by Yolanda Adams Performed by Yolanda Adams Performed by Detroit Mass Choir ​ Sermon - Kingdom Building is a Team Effort Pastor Rogers Click icon for sound Invitation to Christian Discipleship ​ T he 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 p resence 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

  • July 12, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, July 12, 2020 The Call to Worship and Invocation We come into your house this morning, to praise your Holy Name and to declare that we are holding fast to our faith in You our heavenly Father. We seek your presence with us today and thank you for the new beginnings that we are to encounter in the year 2020. Heavenly Father, we seek Your joy and magnify your Holy Name. Fill us with Your peace and love today. Amen. ​ Morning Hymn -- Praise Him P erformed by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Scripture Reading -- 21 For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing. Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” 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. 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. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Call Him by His Name Performed by Damien Sneed & 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, Betty Jo Smith, Pat and Monroe Brown, the Family of Cassandra Faire, the Family of Eddie Gale Loving and Gracious God, Father, we thank You for the restoration of our past glory in Jesus name. Father we have fallen short of your Word, and we pray for Your forgiveness and for the all-round restoration in our lives through this prayer. We are ashamed and command that all evil unknown forces organized against our lives to be scattered. We bind the spirit of stagnation, frustration and disillusionment in our lives. We lean and depend on You to open doors and let the light of Your Spirit shine through us. ​ Father, please have mercy on those who are suffering in these days of the pandemic; bless and keep those who have been stricken by the disease and strengthen their families, friends, and caretakers. We pray for the bereaved families of Cassandra Faire and Eddie Gale. We thank you for allowing us to have known them and for the contributions that they made to us and to the many lives they touched. ​ As we face the next second, the next, minute, the next hour, the next day -- we pray that your Loving Hand will protect us. It is only the hedge that you keep around us that protects us from this world's ills and we magnify and glorify Your Precious Name. Thank You, God for every blessing. In Jesus Name we pray this prayer. Amen. ​ Song of Praise - I AM God Performed by Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers 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 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 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Song of Preparation -- Peace be Still Performed by James Bignon and The Deliverance Mass Choir Sermon -- To Whom Much Is Given Pastor Rogers Click icon for sound INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP - Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you wish to unite with our Church, please call (408) 688-6980. Let the Church Say Amen - Performed by the Winans

  • May 24, 2020 | Mysite 1

    SHELTER-IN-PLACE WORSHIP GUIDE SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020 Welcome to First AME Zion Church San Jose. Your presence brings us great joy. We thank God for you and pray that you are blessed by this worship experience. Come on in this house. The Call to Worship and Invocation Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Morning Hymn – Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior Pass me not, O gentle Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by. Let me at Thy throne of mercy, Find a sweet relief Kneeling there in deep contrition; Help my unbelief. [Chorus:] (We're calling you) Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by. Scripture Reading (1 Peter 4:12-19 ) 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 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. 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. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Pray for Me 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, Curtis and Faye Bomar, Jean Wilson and Family, Pinkie Westry, Paula Westry, and Brother Daniel Most Gracious Father, It is again that your servants have come before you with praise and thanksgiving in our hearts. We ray your forgiveness of our sins and say that we are heartedly sorry for our trangressions. Now Lord as we gather around your throne of grace, we ask that you will continue to be that hedge of protection around us. We thank you Father that you have allowed us to see another day. We thank you Heavenly Father that there is food on our tables, clothes on our backs, and provisions, more than we can count provided for us. As we enter another week of uncertainity in our homes, communities, and even in our churches, we rest assured that there is certainity in the fact that you will never leave or forsake and for that assurance we say thank you. We pray for the sick, the homeless the unemployed, and all of those who are less fortunate or leaving on the margins of life. We pray that your will s done and that you will meet their needs. For those who are lost in sin, we pray that they will turn and seek your face. And, Lord help us to not be a stumbling block in their lives, but a beacon light of your tender mercy. Gracious Father, bless First Church and every "virtual " church door that is open. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen. Song of Praise -- Because of Who You Are 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 Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone) or mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 Announcements Congratulations to Pastor Rogers on his appointment as Presiding Elder of the Bay Cities District. We thank God for his leadership at First Church and pray God's blessings as he leads the Bay Cities District. Regarding our Church reopening, Bishop Staccato Powell sends this message : “We concur with Bishop Kenneth Monroe’s message to encourage his people to embrace “A Place Called Wait.” . . . “A Place Called Wait” allows us time for reflection. I am urging our pastors and people to not assemble indoors until further notice. . . We must acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Simply stated, God is in charge, not mayors, governors, presidents, presiding elders, pastors, or bishops, for which we are delighted. Thank you for adhering to these directives. Continue to stay focused, serve faithfully, and stand firm. Please check your text messages and email for further updates on the events and news about the schedule for all local AMEZ services. Sermonic Scripture Reading -- I Corinthians 6:12, 19-20 12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Song of Preparation -- I Give Myself Away Performed by William McDowell ​ Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith ​ Performed by First Baptist Church of Glenarden's Sunbeams Choir Sermon -- A Living Sacrifice - Part 2 Pastor Rogers Last week we looked at Paul as he explained to the Christians at Rome the meaning and importance of being a living sacrifice unto God. We also concluded that, just as it was with the Romans, people in today’s society do not understand that their lives are not their own to do with as they please. For further discussion, we’re considering both Romans 12:1-5 and First Corinthians 6:12, 19 and 20. In 1st Corinthians 6 we find Paul giving some principles on what a sacrificial life looks like. Paul’s principles on Christian conduct begin in 1st Corinthians 6:12, which says, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient.” And in verses 19 and 20, he says, “19 What? Know ye not that that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God’s.” He applies the principles of Christian conduct, the avoidance of becoming a stumbling block, and the fallacy of thinking that everything is character building, as he ministers to the Christian believers. When Paul said that “everything which God has made is good!” He added a proviso! -- “Everything which God has made is good – PROVIDED THAT WE USE IT THE RIGHT WAY. Genesis 1:25 bears the truth of Paul’s statement because it tells us, “When God looked out upon his whole creation, he said that it was good.” Everything started out good – in other words – everything started out right, but wrong evolved because man not only misused his own life, but he also misused the things which God had made. Think about Adam and Eve in the garden. They were good, the garden was good, and the fruit was good. God had left them with the right instructions – “not to eat of the fruit.” But because Adam and Eve ignored their knowledge of right and wrong and ate the fruit, every person since that time has been faced with the dilemma of distinguishing between right and wrong. Because Paul knew living a sacrificial life required the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, and the fact that there was a human tendency to do the wrong thing, the Christians at Corinth would have a problem, so Paul cautioned them that, “All things are not expedient,” What he means here is that all things in God’s good creation can be used in ways that are bad and destructive. First Church, you need to know that God’s creation is right -- but something is terribly wrong when you misuse and corrupt God’s gifts. In the last part of 1st Corinthians 6, verses 19 through 20, Paul drives home this basic principle by saying, and I’m paraphrasing., “All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Anything which enslaves me, anything which gets a dominating control over my mind, my body, or my will is wrong. My body belongs to God. It is the temple of His Holy Spirit.” As we go on, we see Paul emphasizing that “anything which defiles the Temple of the Spirit is a sin against God.” In short, it is WRONG. Now that Paul had addressed “self,” I believe that he knew that it was important for the people to know how their actions influenced others. Listen to what he said, “But, take heed, lest by any means this liberty of yours becomes a stumbling block to them that are weak.” The avoidance of becoming a stumbling block There is no question as to the meaning of this message. Christians must not do anything which causes those who are weaker to stumble or take a step back in their fight to overcome their weakness. In this passage, Paul reminds us that we are responsible for our brothers, especially the younger or the weaker ones. They are looking to us for an example. Let’s look at it this way. There’s a sister in the Church who needs a job. This sister has had a problem with alcohol. But, she needs a job and because I work at a temp agency, I can get her a job as a clerk in a liquor store. I’m going to get a bonus if I place her in the liquor store position this week, rather than wait a couple of weeks until Macy’s is hiring in the cosmetic department. Because we are self-serving people, we ignore the fact that she is an alcoholic and encourage her to take the liquor store job – where all she does is sell liquor – 8 hours a day – 5 days a week. Well, nine times out of 10, no matter how well-intended we are, putting her in a place that will tempt her in her struggle with alcohol, will cause her to stumble in her Christian journey. When we do this, we are sinning against God and against our sister. And that is WRONG. As Christians we need to realize that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God and not everything that we do builds us up! The Fallacy of Thinking that Everything is Character Building In Chapter 10, verse 23, a third principle is underlined. Paul strips away the mask which covers so many of our moral decisions. He uses these sharp words as a knife to cut away at our hearts: “All things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” In other words, “Not everything builds me up – not everything builds character and there is a fallacy in thinking that it does.” Now, my brothers and sisters, here is a principle to live by. Listen Church, life is short, and time is precious. CORVID-19 is teaching us that this is true! We simply do not have time to waste our minds and energy on things which tear others and ourselves down. I don’t care how much you like it – gossiping about your brothers and sisters in Christ tears you down. No matter what you think and no matter what you said and why you said it, when you talk about people it is wrong and it tears down. AND Christians ought to be about building up. Christians do not have the right to read or indulge in anything which does not build them up and make them stronger and better-informed servants of God. People of God, if we are going to know the difference between right and wrong, we’ve got to be about building up! We ought to measure everything we read, Everything we see, Everything we say, and Everything we do by this standard: Does it build me up in body, mind, and spirit? Does it make my life purer and nobler? If it builds you and the body of Christ up in body, mind, and spirit – If it makes your life purer and nobler and is an example of Christ in your life, then it is RIGHT AND GOOD. Church, I’ll close with these thoughts: Never forget that we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. It is not about our outward appearance or the impressions we make. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is life changing. The only mind that brings peace is the mind of Christ. Until we have the same mind in us, as the mind of Christ, we will never really be able to make our lives the living sacrifice that God would have us to make. Amen. Invitation to Discipleship The door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you want to be a living sacrifice unto God, now is the time to make that decision. 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. Expect the Best, Pastor Rogers Performed by Andre' Crouch and Marvin Winans

  • July 19, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, July 19, 2020 The Call to Worship and Invocation Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving,and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.—Psalm 100 ​ Morning Hymn -- I Decided to Make Jesus My Choice P erformed by Marvin Williams Scripture Reading -- Joshua 24:1-8, 15, 24 Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. 2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac, 4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt. 5 “‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out. 6 When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen as far as the Red Sea. 7 But they cried to the Lord for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time. 8 “‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” 24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” 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. 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. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- I Can Go to God in Prayer Performed by Times Square Church Choir 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, Betty Jo Smith, Pat and Monroe Brown, the Family of Cassandra Faire, the Family of Eddie Gale Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that we need is in your hands. ​ We pray for all of those on the prayer list. We ask that you bless and keep them; that you provide whatever they stand in need of and give them a peaceful spirit and mind. ​ You know what our Church is facing at this time and we are not asking, Lord, that you take this trial away. Instead, we simply ask that Your will be done in the life of First Church. Whatever that means, that is what we want. But we admit that it’s hard, Lord. Sometimes we feel like we can’t go on. The pain and the fear are too much for us to bear, and we know that we don’t have the strength on our own to get through this. ​ We know that we can come to you, Jesus and that you will hear our prayer. We know that it is not your intent to bring us to this point just to leave us in the wilderness alone. Please, Lord, give us the strength that we need to face today. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow. If you just give us the strength that we need today that is all we need. Keep us from sinning during this trial. Instead, help us to keep our eyes on you. You are the Holy Lord, and all of our hope rests in you. ​ Thank you for hearing our prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen. ​ Song of Praise - Jesus I'll Never Forget Performed by First Baptist Church of Glen Arden 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 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 -- 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 ​ 7even though I have received wonderful revelations from God. But to keep me from getting puffed up, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from getting proud. 8Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9Each time he said, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. 10 I receive joy when I am weak. I receive joy when people talk against me and make it hard for me and try to hurt me and make trouble for me. I receive joy when all these things come to me because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (New Living Translation) Philippians 3:14 ​ 14My eyes are on the prize. I want to win the race and get the prize of God's call from heaven through Christ Jesus. Song of Preparation -- God's Grace is Sufficient for Me Performed by Bishop G.E. Patterson Sermon -- Going Forward In Spite of Your Handicap Pastor Rogers Click icon for sound INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP - Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you wish to unite with our Church, please call (408) 688-6980. Let the Church Say Amen - Performed by the Winans

  • May 2, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, May 2, 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 May 2021, this Holy Communion Sunday, we pray for renewed hope, healing, and love in our land. ​ Morning Hymn -- Lord I Want to be a Christian in My Heart Performed by Yolanda Adams ​ ​ 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 -- Pray Performed by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir 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, J. Johnson, David Williams, Donna Rouse and Family, and Greater Cooper AME Zion Church in the passing of member Jamescea Jackson ​ Dear Heavenly Father, ​ This morning we stand in the need of prayer. We bow in humble submission to Your will for our lives. You are a just and forgiving God and we beg your forgiveness for our sins. We are depending on your Word that you will never leave us or forsake us. Father, we come acknowledging our inability to handle our own issues and that we desperately stand in the need of prayer. Lord, we turn to you because we know that only you can heal our hearts and our land. Father, First Church wants a new touch and stirring up of our commitment to serve you. Show us the way in your Word to stop grumbling and lamenting about things past and how to move forward in a way that is pleasing in your sight. We need you to lead and to guide us. ​ Now Lord, we lift up the names on our prayer list. We ask that you keep your loving arms of protection around them. And, for those who are not on the list, but are seeking privately to have you comfort their minds, we ask that you will fulfill their needs, giving them the desires of their hearts. We pray for comfort and ease for every troubled spirit and mind. ​ As we embark on this closing of the Conference Year, let us move forward in a spirit of love and unity, knowing that we all have a common goal and that is to please, honor, and glorify you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. ​ Song of Praise -- Corinthian Song Performed by Kathy Taylor and Favor 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 ​ The 4th Quarterly Conference will be today at 1:00 p.m. Zoom information has been forwarded to you. Please check your email. ​ 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 - ​ Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) ​ 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ​ ​ ​ Song of Preparation -- It Is Well/Come Ye Disconsolate Performed by Richard Smallwood Sermon -- For This Cause We Are Christian Click icon for sound Invitation to Christian Discipleship ​ T he 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 p resence 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

  • November 1, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, November 1, 2020 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 season of Thanksgiving, we pray for love and peace in our land. Dear Heavenly Father, teach us how to pray and how to obey your Word. Amen. ​ Morning Hymn -- My Faith Looks Up to Thee ​ ​ Performed by Alfred Street Baptist Church Trinity 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 -- Somebody Prayed for Me Performed by Dorothy Norwood 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, Bishop George D. Crenshaw and Episcopal Supervisor, Laurenna Crenshaw in the passing of their son, Quentin Dewayne Crenshaw, and all those who are suffering with COVID-19. ​ Dear Heavenly Father, ​ We come before you on this Sunday morning with thanksgiving and praise. Father, we magnify Your Holy name. It is once more that we pause to tell you how much we love and adore you. We take this time to pray that you will forgive us for the sins that we have committed against thee. Dear God, First Church stands in the need of prayer. We want a new determination to serve you and to do your will. We need a special touch from you that we may walk in your way. ​ Now Lord, we lift up the names on our prayer list. We ask that you keep your loving arms of protection around the Crenshaw family in the loss of Quentin. We know that your love will comfort them and ease their pain. As we look forward to this coming week, we do so knowing that you are our strength and our redeemer. Please Father hear our fervent prayer and be with us. This we ask in your darling Son's name, Jesus Christ. Amen. ​ Song of Praise -- Made A Way Performed by Bishop Larry Trotter and The Holy Spirit Combined Choirs 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 ​ ​ Next Sunday, November 8, is the Church's 156th Anniversary. The Anniversary Committee has a special 11:00 a.m. Zoom service planned for our celebration. Please tell all of your family members and friends to join in. The Zoom sign-in information will be sent to you this week. ​ On Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m., there will be a special Zoom service, recognizing Pastor Rogers' 56th year in the preaching ministry. Zoom sign-on information will be provided to everyone. If you are not on our Church's email list, please send your info to fmr83@yahoo.com ​ 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. Election Day is this coming Tuesday, November 3. If you have not already done so, please vote. This election is critical to the future of our community. The Sermonic Scripture - Psalm 30:5 ​ For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. ​ Song of Preparation -- Holding on to My Faith Performed by The Mississippi Mass Choir Sermon -- Hold on to Your Faith Pastor Rogers Click icon for sound Invitation to Christian Discipleship ​ T he 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 p resence 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. Click Music Icon for Sound

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    MAKING HISTORY IN THE 21FIRST CENTURY THE CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS Rev. Nailah S.D. Hubbard, Pastor COME VISIT FIRST CHURCH EACH SUNDAY MORNING AT 11:00 A.M. ​ Prayer is the key to the Kingdom: 2 Chronicles 7:14 I f my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. my people. ​ FIRST CHURCH MAKING HISTORY IN THE 21 FIRST CENTURY Come join us every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for worship and on Wednesday nights for Bible Study. WELCOME ​ Welcome to the First AME Zion Church San Jose. We are a community of Christians who love God and fellowship together, seeking to glorify God and live in the abundance of His presence and provision. Whomever you are or whatever your situation, we invite you to get to know us and discover how God is being exalted in the midst of this church. Our mantra “The Church Without Walls” reflects the Church’s acceptance of all people who seek salvation, have a desire to exercise their spiritual gifts and talents and need a place to worship. We open wide our doors and in the name of Jesus, The Christ, we bid you welcome! It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ and His presence as you explore our web site. Wednesday, Weekly Prayer Meeting and Bible Study 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. American Sign Language Available Technically, the Virtual Worship presentation may not be in alignment depending on the device you are using (phone, note pad, computer), but you should be able to follow the service. Pastor Rogers will share a new message with us each week until we are able to "see each others face" again. CONTACT US Tel. (408) 688- 6690 Email: info@firstamezionsj.org First AME Zion Church 95 South 20th Street San Jose CA 95116 ​ VISIT US TELL US We'll be praying for you. Submit Thanks for submitting your prayer request!

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