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  • 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

  • October 25, 2020 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY, October 25, 2020 ​ The Call to Worship and Invocation O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Dear Lord, I pray that you will make me an instrument of Your peace. ​ Song of the Morning – Every Praise Scripture Reading -- II Timothy 2:1-13 (NLT) 2 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. 2 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. 3 Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. 5 And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. 6 And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. 7 Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things. 8 Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. 9 And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 10 So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen. 11 This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. 13 If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is. ​ ​ 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 – Way Maker We are praying for you. Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Dwaine Giggans, Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Betty Jo Smith, Bishop and Episcopal Supervisor, George D. Crenshaw and family, in the passing of their son. ​ Come Heavenly Father. Abide with us. Please forgive us for our sins. We love and adore You and seek Your face. Our hope is in Thee. We pray for those who are less fortunate, we pray for those who have much, and we pray for those who are at their wits end with the pressures of life. God we acknowledge that You have been better to us than we could have ever been to ourselves. We thank You for Your faithfulness, grace, and mercy towards us. We depend on You because You are the solid rock upon which our hope is built. We magnify and bless Your holy name. Lord, bless all who are sick and bereaved. Please ease the pain of Bishop Crenshaw and his family as they deal with the realization of losing their son. May his soul forever rest with You. Now as we depart from Your throne of grace, we pray that You will keep your loving arms of protection around us. Please continue to bless our Pastor and our First Church family. In the matchless, marvelous name of Jesus we pray. Amen. ​ Song of Praise - Goin' Up Yonder ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Tithes and Offerings – "All things come of Thee O Lord, and of Thine own, have we given Thee ." 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 – Please remember that the next Quarterly Conference is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. via Zoom on November 8, 2020. If you don't have report forms, please contact Mrs. Miller-Rogers. 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 City of San Jose, our on-site services have been suspended. This includes Bible study, choir rehearsals, and community sponsored events. Our next on-site service will be scheduled when directed by the AME Zion Board of Bishops. ​ ​ ​ Sermonic Scripture Reading - I Samuel 1-4 (KJV) And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. 2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. 4 And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? ​ ​ Song of Preparation - Lord You Are Good Sermon -- It's Time to Let Go Rev. Aaron Dallas, Associate Minister ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Performed by New Psalmist Baptist Church Virtual Choir Performed by Chicago Church of Christ Performed Chicago Church of Christ Virtual Choir Performed by Virtual Choir (OWN) Invitation – Decision Time Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you wish to unite with our Church, please call (408) 688-6980. Click Icon for sound. Performed by Marvin Winans

  • May 17, 2020 | Mysite 1

    SHELTER-IN-PLACE WORSHIP GUIDE SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020 Welcome to First AME Zion Church San Jose. Social distancing cannot keep us from drawing nearer to God. The Call to Worship and Invocation Blessed Lord, you are great, the heavens speak of your glory. You do wonders in heaven and we see the signs on earth. We the work of your hands worship you today, accept our worship in Jesus name. As we continue in today’s service, we want to see your great power move. Let every one of us encounter you in a different way. Bless us and give us everlasting joy in you . Morning Hymn – We Have Come Into This House Scripture Reading (Romans 8:12-17 ) 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 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 – Bless 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 Dear Heavenly Father, We come before Your Holy Presence with adoration in our hearts. You have been so gracious and loving to us and You have been better to us than we have been to ourselves. It is Your grace and mercy that have brought us through this trying time. Lord, we bow today to pray for those who need You to heal their bodies. We pray for those who are troubled in their minds. We ask for special grace for our sisters and brothers who don't know how they will make it financially in this critical time in their lives. We pray for the homeless and for the hopeless. You are a shelter in the time of a storm, a bridge over troubled water, and You are our refuge and strength. We are leaning and depending on you to provide for us, even when we have become doubtful. Father, You know all about us and You know what we stand in need of. Thank You Jesus for supplying our needs and keeping Your loving arms of protection around us. Amen. Song of Praise -- I Give Myself Away 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 The Board of Bishops has announced that the 51st Quadrannium General Conference will be rescheduled for a later date. Details will be provided at a future time. 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 City of San Jose, our on-site services are suspended until f urther notice. This includes Bible Study and choir rehearsals. Our next on-site service to be announced. Sermonic Scripture Reading -- Romans 12:1-5 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Sermon -- A Living Sacrifice - Part 1 Pastor Rogers This week's message is part 1 of a 2-part discourse on submitting our lives as a living sacrifice unto God. As we go through our life, we see many examples of people who have all the outward signs of success. But, when we look closely at these people, we discover that many of them make destructive, and oftentimes, fatal mistakes. Such contradictory behavior is usually rooted in the fact that people do not understand their own humanity and subjection to guidelines and rules of fair play. In other words, there are people who destroy their lives by breaking the law – simply because they do not understand the law. More than anything else, people in today’s society do not understand that their lives are not their own to do with as they please. They can’t grasp the truth of 1st Corinthians 6:19 and 20 that 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.” 1st Corinthians 7:23, goes further and tells us, “Ye are bought with a price: be not ye the servants of men. ” I need to stop right here to make it plain that this morning’s sermon is not directed at people who don’t know the difference between right and wrong. Today, I’m focusing on people who believe that they are holy and righteous. I’m talking about people who know all the rules – but their own greatness makes them believe that the rules don’t apply to them. I’m talking about those who profess to be following Christ. I’m talking about those who talk the bible but walk in a different direction. I’m talking about the devout churchgoers, who, when you examine their lives, show that going to church doesn’t have much effect on them. We see these people everyday. They claim to be Christians. They go to church every Sunday – But Monday through Saturday, they are card-carrying members of Satan’s Hell’s Angels Club. So, it is because of these kinds of people that Paul saw the necessity of writing to the Church at Rome. And, if anyone was qualified to write on this subject, it was Paul. You will recall that, before Paul was changed on the Damascus Road, he was determined to destroy the church. But, after his transformation, Paul became a Living Sacrifice in his commitment to spread the Gospel throughout the world. You can see that, when Paul wrote this letter, he was definitely aware of the problems that existed for Christians in his day. He recognized that even though people accepted Christ, it did not mean that they always understood the difference between what was wrong and right. Paul also understood that people did not automatically quit doing what was wrong. This is probably what inspired Paul to write to the church at Rome with an earnest and sincere plea, based on the mercy that God had shown them. So, in this scripture, Paul says, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service . The image of a living sacrifice that Paul uses in this scripture comes straight out of the Old Testament. Imagine for a moment that you are an ancient Israelite. You believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You try to live, as best you can, by God’s law. But you are honest with yourself! You know deep, down in your heart that you have failed to do the right thing – not once – but time and time again! The problem you’re facing is what do you do about it? You know what the law requires. This is the procedure of that day. You go out to your herd of sheep or calves and pick out an animal for sacrifice. It should be the best animal that you have. Let’s just say you chose a lamb. You take that “sacrificial lamb” to the priest. The priest sacrifices the lamb on your behalf. Once the lamb has been slain and its life has been offered up to God, you return to your home, having made your peace with your Lord. Now, as we can see from this scenario, the Israelite sacrificial system had a lot going for it. It reminded people of their duty to God. It demanded that they give their best. It allowed them to feel that they had re-established their relationship with their creator. From this, we can see that this sacrificial system was good! But, believe me, it had some real flaws! The main flaw was that – no matter how much these Israelites sacrificed, they always came home feeling like it wasn’t much of a sacrifice when you consider all that they had done wrong. Of course, the Lord himself knew that this “ceremony” of sacrifice was flawed, and we could never make a sacrifice that would cover the multitude of our sins – so one day he made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He sent His Son to die to demonstrate the real meaning of sacrifice. The sacrifice of God’s Son showed us that, if we would accept His sacrifice, we would never have to make animal sacrifices again. And, a lot of us accepted the sacrifice of Christ, and foolishly called it EVEN! Here is where the problem comes in. Paul says, calling it “even” is where we make our mistake. Some people say that, “If God himself made the ultimate sacrifice, then there is nothing left for us to do. That is why they call it ‘even’.” Paul says that this way of thinking is WRONG. We can never call it EVEN. The message for us is that sacrifice is just as important today as it ever was. Only now, it is the sacrifice of our lives and it is a sacrifice made out of love and gratitude -- instead of a sense of duty. Let me say that again – today we are called to sacrifice our lives for the cause of Christ and that sacrifice is made out of love and gratitude -- instead of a sense of duty. You need to say, because God cared enough to send His Son down to die for my sins, I will give him the best of my service. The life that we offer to God is to be as spotless and as blameless as that perfect lamb that was offered up by the early Israelites. Our lives must be the best that we can offer. I’m sure some of you may be thinking – Rev., this sounds good, but “How do I offer my life as a living sacrifice?” Well, there are some things to consider: First of all, we cannot conform to this world. The Word says, But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God . Now, in this age in which we live, being a conformist is much easier than being a NON-conformist. Living in today’s world is not easy and there is a danger in allowing our lifestyles and life choices – morally and ethically – to conform to those of the world. One thing that causes problems among church people is that we often depend on others to set the standard for our living. Unfortunately, the standard and tone for living are mostly set by people outside the church. Perhaps if our standards were set by great missionaries or statesmen, we might not have so many problems. But the reality is that most of our standards of behavior are set by celebrities and people who believe that the highest priority in life is the attainment of fame and fortune. And even those who base their lives on wealth – don’t really want it for the sake of being wealthy. They want wealth because it sets the stage for the fake lives that they live based on what they can buy, who can have the most facelifts, tummy tucks, and look the best. They want wealth because it allows them to live in huge houses and drive fast cars. We live in a world where the greatest virtues are to have fame, fortune, and beauty. We live in a world where the greatest sins in life are to be POOR and UNATTRACTIVE. But, Paul tells us that we can’t have it both ways. You can’t allow yourself to conform to the standards of this world, and still hope to present your body as a living sacrifice to God. Now I’m sure that you realize that I’m not talking about wealth in the sense of financial stability. Nor am I talking about your body in the physical sense. I’m talking about the spiritual YOU, in terms of your mind. It is not enough that we refuse to conform our actions to this world. That leaves us pretty much in “neutral” territory. Paul says, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Isn’t it interesting that Paul says that our minds will have to be changed? Surely he was saying to us that, no matter how much we change our outward appearance, until we make up our minds that a change is going to take place, a change will never come for us. Becoming a living sacrifice takes a complete change of mind. A person who has not had his life transformed by the renewing of their mind will never know peace. Paul said this himself in another context. He said, Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus . (Philippians 2:5). Church, 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. Performed by Sonia Da Silva and Church of All Nations Choir Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith Song of Preparation -- I Really Love the Lord Performed by First Baptist Church, Glenarden Children's Choir Performed by Pastor Reginald Sharpe, Jr. 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 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

  • 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

  • January 31, 2021 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021 ​ ​ ​ ​ 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. ​ Morning Hymn – Standing on The Promises of God ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Scripture Reading -- 4th Sunday of Epiphany Season - I Corinthians 1:18-31 (KJV) ​ 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. ​ 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. ​ 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? ​ 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. ​ 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: ​ 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; ​ 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. ​ 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ​ 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: ​ 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; ​ 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: ​ 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. ​ 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: ​ 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. ​ ​ 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 ​ 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. Our Father up in heaven, Thank you for another week of life and blessings. Many have suffered and died, yet you have seen fit to grant us another day. Thank you, Father . Please accept our humble plea to be forgiven for our sins against you. We come with contrite spirit and a sorrowful heart for our shortcomings. Master, we adore you and bless your name. We know that greater is your faithfulness toward us, even in this time of pandemic and confusion. We pray for strength that we may hold us the blood-stained banner and be a living testimony 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. Bless Pastor Rogers as he continues to lead us through our trying times. We praise you, we bless you, and we thank you for being our shelter in these days. We go forward with the assurance that you will never leave us nor forsake us. We are standing on your promises. Amen . ​ Song of Praise -- Jesus Promised 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 -- Walk on by Faith Announcements ​ The third Quarterly Conference of the 2020-2021 year will be held on next Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Zoom information will be sent to you via email. All officers are asked to submit their reports to Pastor Rogers via email by February 4, 2021. 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 -- 2nd Corinthians 5:7 7 For we walk by faith – not by sight. (King James Version) Performed by Bishop Paul Morton Performed by W est Angeles COGIC Performed by Chicago Mass Choir Performed by Times Square Church Choir Sermon - Seeing is Not Always Believing Click Icon for sound. Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Today's Scripture -- 2nd Corinthians 5:7 "Seeing is Not Always Believing" ​ Invitation to Discipleship The door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. Jesus is waiting on 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. ​

  • March 7, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, March 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 in March, we pray for closer walk with Thee and a renewed spirit to serve. ​ Morning Hymn -- Just a Closer Walk With Thee ​ ​ 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 -- Keep Me Every Day Performed by The Greater Grace Temple Mass Choir, Detroit, Michigan 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, Barbara Hill, Monalisa Olague, Greg and Monica Thompson, Sarah-Ann Pennington in the loss of her husband, Tim and the Sharper-Reed families in the loss of their beloved, Jill. Dear Heavenly Father, We come before you humbly bowed to say thank you. We beg your forgiveness of our sins and pray that you will strengthen us as we live as your servants in this harsh, unsettling world. Father, you have been so gracious, so merciful and so generous to us that we can never repay; and, we offer ourselves as living sacrifices to do your will and your work in our communities and in our homes. ​ Father, there are many names on our sick and shut-in list today and we lift them up. We pray a special prayer for those who have lost a loved one. We pray for the man, woman, boy, and girl on the margins of life who do not know you in the pardon of their sins. Lord, even in this time of being absent from our church building, we want to be close to you. We want to share the joy that you have brought into our lives and cause someone to ask the question, "what must I do to be saved?" ​ We ask, dear God that you will keep your loving arms of protection around the youth of our congregation, that they may thrive even in this day of corruption and the threats from society that they face. Help us to be better guardians and to impress upon them that you are God and besides you there is none other. ​ Lord, we pray for our Pastor and for the leaders of our beloved AME Zion in this time of testing. Be with them Lord and guide their footsteps, steady their minds and bless them with reasoning power. ​ It is in the powerful, matchless name of Jesus Christ that we pray. Amen. ​ Announcements ​ Dates to Remember: March 14, 2021, Set your clocks one hour ahead "Spring Forward" March 25, 2021, 3rd Check Up Meeting, Zoom 7:00 p.m. March 28, 2021. Palm Sunday ​ March is Women's History Month -- First Church honors and celebrates the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mildred "Bonnie Hines. Bishop Hines, pastored First A.M.E. Zion Church, Los Angeles, when she made history becoming the first female elected Bishop to serve in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the first Bishop elected from the West Coast. The historic election took place during the 48th Quadrennial Session in 2008 in the city of Atlanta. ​ ​ ​ ​ Song of Praise -- Anthem of Thanks Written by Richard Smallwood and Performed by West Angeles Church of God in Christ 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. The Sermonic Scripture - Philippians 4:22 22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household. (KJV) ​ Song of Preparation -- Marvelous Performed by Walter Hawkins Sermon -- Living Right on the Devil's Turf Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Living Right on the Devil's Turf Scripture: Philippians 4:22 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

  • February 28, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, February 28, 2021 The Call to Worship and Invocation ​ We give thanks and praise for your grace and mercy. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. ​ Morning Hymn -- Lift Every Voice and Sing ​ Performed by 105 Voices of National HBCU Concert 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 -- Romans 6:15-23 (3rd Sunday in Lent Season) 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. ​ 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? ​ 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. ​ 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. ​ 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. ​ 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. ​ 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. ​ 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. ​ 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Pray for Me Performed by Rev. Cleophus Robinson ​ 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, Mrs. Pinky Westry, Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Sharper, the Reed Family and First AME Zion Church San Francisco in the passing of their daughter and loved one, Jill Reed, Sarah-Ann Pennington in the loss of her husband, Tim Pennington. Dear Heavenly Father, ​ We come before Your Holy Presence with adoration in our hearts. You have been so gracious and loving to us and You have been better to us than we have been to ourselves. It is Your grace and mercy that have brought us through this trying time. ​ Lord, we bow today to pray for those who need You to heal their bodies. We pray for those who are troubled in their minds. We ask for special grace for our sisters and brothers who don't know how they will make it financially in this critical time in their lives. We pray for the homeless and for the hopeless. You are a shelter in the time of a storm, a bridge over troubled water, and You are our refuge and strength. We are leaning and depending on you to provide for us, even when we have become doubtful. Father, You know all about us and You know what we stand in need of. Father God, please put your loving arms of protection around the bereaved. Hold the Sharper-Reed families in Your precious hand, and guide Sarah Pennington as she faces the future without the companionship of her husband, Tim. Now, as we move forward as a Church, help us to trust and believe in you for the future of this Church and lead and guide each of us to work together on one accord. Thank You Jesus for supplying our needs. In the mighty and precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen. Song of Praise -- I Will Trust in the Lord ​ Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith BLACK HISTORY --Kids Explain Black History 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 ​ BAY CITIES DISTRICT CONFERENCE -- Thank you to all who Zoomed in on the District Conference. Special thanks to Sisters Pat Henderson and Aletha Johnson for representing our Church on the program. ​ Re-Opening of Our Church: 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 - Acts 16:30-31 ​ 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (King James Version) ​ Song of Preparation -- Have Faith in God Performed by Gayle Arbuckle Sermon -- The Faith That Saves ​ Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Today's Scripture -- Acts 16:30,31 The Faith that Saves ​ ​ 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.

  • December 6, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, December 6, 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 Advent season, 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 -- Amazing Grace ​ Performed by various singers from 50 countries ​ ​ 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. ​ Second Sunday of Advent: The Lighting of the Love Candle ​ ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Performed by House of Hope Men's 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, Connie Nunez in the loss of her father, and Mrs. Carol Goode in the loss of her husband, Jerome Goode. ​ Dear Heavenly Father, ​ This morning we stand in the need of prayer. Each of us bows in humble submission to Your will for our lives. You are a just and forgiving God and we beg your forgiveness for our sins. Every day life as we know it has been turned upside down. Jobs are few and, for most, the financial projection is grim. Yet, Lord, we turn to you because we know you are able to heal our land. 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 wants a new touch and a stirring up of our determination to serve you and to do your will. 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 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 -- Children, Go Where I Send Thee Performed by Spellman College Glee Club 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 ​ Today at 1:00 p.m., we will convene our second Quarterly Conference. All members amenable to the Conference, please be in attendance. Please go to Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84904831262 ​ ​ 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 - Ephesians 2:1-10 ​ 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the Gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. ​ 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (King James Version) Song of Preparation -- God's Grace ​ is Sufficient Performed by Bishop G. E. Patterson Meditation Performed by Rev. Renee L. Rogers Sermon -- Salvation by Grace ​ 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.

  • PALM SUNDAY - April 5, 2020 | Mysite 1

    The Call to Worship and Invocation We come into your house this morning, praising your faithfulness, giving thanks for your mercy, seeking your joy. Heavenly Father, we magnify and lift your Holy Name. We thank you for this day of life and vow to worship You with a heart of praise. Fill us with Your peace today. Amen. Morning Hymn -- Jesus the Light of the World Performed by Alfred Street Baptist Church 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. 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 – 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, Brother Daniel, Lowe's Employees and Families at Cottle Store Dear Heavenly Father, We come before you on this Palm Sunday with thanksgiving and praise. Father, we adore You and magnify Your Name. You are greatly to be praised for laying down your life for us, our sins and our transgressions. 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 come now with a fervent plea for this land. We are plagued by the coronavirus, other health issues, financial matters, and just plain sin, and we ask that You will hear our prayer and heal our land. We have come short and are not worthy to gather the crumbs from under your Holy table, yet You feed and comfort us and for that we are grateful. Now Lord, as we enter another week of "Shelter In Place" we enter it with the confidence that You are with us and that You are our constant source of protection. It is with this assurance that we will pray the prayer that we were taught as little children: "Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." Amen. Performed by Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin Song of Praise - God Is Good Performed by Chester D.T. Baldwin 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 City of San Jose, 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 - Mark 11:7-11 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him ; and he sat upon him. 8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strewed them in the way. 9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: 10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. 11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come , he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. (King James Version) Click Music icon for sound Sermon - The Passion of Christ Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. It is significant to note that one-third of the Gospel of Mark (Chapters 11 through 15) is taken up with the recording of what happened during Holy Week. The focus of Jesus’ earthly ministry was concentrated in this short period of five Chapters. His primary mission in the world was to procure man’s salvation by His death on the cross. Here is the heart of Christianity. Come with me as we take a journey through Holy Week. Sunday (Mark 11:1-11) On Palm Sunday, Jesus made the triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Jesus presented himself to the Jewish nation as her Messiah. The crowd of Galilean pilgrims accompanied Him down the western slope of the Mount of Olives. As they walked, they spread garments and palm leaves as a carpet in the street for the donkey on which he rode. The crowd was excited and their shouts of praise showed that they expected Jesus to enter the Holy City in triumph and set up his messianic kingdom on earth. But, we learn from the other Gospels that the Jewish leaders rejected Jesus, and so, the “triumphal entry” ended in tears. Luke 19:41 says, “And when we was come near, he beheld the City and wept over it .” This was Israel’s last opportunity to accept Jesus of Nazareth as her Messiah and they rejected him big time! That was Palm Sunday, now let’s look at Monday. Monday (Mark 11:12-19) Monday was, what I call a “double C” day! A day of Cursing and Cleansing! On the way back into Jerusalem from Bethany, Jesus saw a fig tree with leaves on it. Since fig trees normally have fruit before leaves, He naturally expected to find some ripe figs waiting for him. When he found no fruit, Jesus CURSED, the tree. Now, history says that some have criticized the Master for cursing the tree. But there is a lesson here, God doesn’t like hypocrites – You know the kind, looking holy and full of hell. So, the tree was perpetrating as a fig tree – it had leaves, but no fruit. So, when Jesus “cursed” the tree – that was the first “C.” And, I need to tell you right now, there’s a difference between “Cussing” the tree and “cursing” the tree. Jesus did not use profane language and “Cuss” the tree out. He simply put a “curse” on the tree, saying – “Let no one ever again eat fruit from you.” (Mark 11:14) Now, the second “C” was Cleansing the Temple. Jesus went into the Temple and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple. He overthrew the tables of the Money Changers and the seats of those who sold doves. Not only that, he would not allow that any man should carry any vessel through the Temple. Mark Chapter 11, verse 17, tells us, 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.” There is no doubt about it. Jesus cleaned house! And, when he finished, he left and went back to Bethany. Now, we’re ready for Tuesday. Tuesday Mark lets us know that Tuesday was the busiest day of Holy Week. This Tuesday was the last day of Jesus’ public ministry. Mark recorded some 13 events as taking place on Tuesday. And, even though 13 events are recorded, the event that took “center stage” was the questioning of Jesus’ authority. On Tuesday, when Jesus went back into Jerusalem, he came to the same Temple that he had cleansed the day before. And, as he began teaching the priests, scribes and elders began to question Him, “By what authority and who’s authority do you do thee things?” In other words, who gave you the authority to cleanse the Temple? By what authority do you cut out our profits? Who told you to mess with our money changing and selling? Who gave you the power to come into the temple that we had built and stop our selling? Jesus said, “I will answer all of your questions if you will just answer one for me. Where did John get his authority? Obviously, the answer to both questions was the same; but the Jewish leaders refused to commit themselves because they didn’t want to look bad. They wanted Jesus to look bad. So, they said, “We cannot tell.” Hearing their response, Jesus refused to answer their question. Wednesday After a very busy Tuesday, there is no record of any activity on Wednesday. We conclude that it was a “quiet” Wednesday! I personally believe that, although it may have been quiet, Jesus was busy communing with the Father because the next day he communed with THE 12. Thursday – The Last Supper and the Institution of the Lord’s Supper The Last Supper Mark writes in Chapter 14 that Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples and, while they were eating, Jesus told them – “One of you will betray me.” The scripture goes on to say, “And they began to be sorrowful and say unto Him – one by one – “Is it I?” And another said, Is it I? And, he answered and said unto them, ‘it is one of the twelve that dippeth with me in the dish’.” Now listen to what Matthew 26:25 says happened. “Then Judas, which betrayed him answered and said, Master is it I?” He said unto him, Thou hast said.” The Lord’s Supper And, as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it and brake it and gave it to his disciples and said – take, eat – this is my body. And, he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them saying, “drink ye all of it. For this is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” It was on this occasion that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper – Holy Communion. And, after they finished supper a lot happened – They went out to the Mount of Olives! He predicted Peter’s denial. Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, ‘til sweat dropped like blood from his brow. They arrested Jesus and took Him to Caiaphas the High Priest where the scribes and elders were assembled. After much debate, Matthew 26:66 says the High Priest asked, “What think ye?” And, they answered and said, “He is guilty of death.” A Bad Friday When Jesus was sentenced to death, it was surely a bad Friday (or a GOOD FRIDAY) depending on how you look at it. If you had been there and had little faith, it was a bad Friday. But, if you really got to know Jesus, then it was a Good Friday! In Matthew 27 it says that “early the next morning – Friday morning -- Pilate questioned Jesus. Now Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent of the charges brought by the multitude. Remember in Luke 23, they had accused him of “perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.” And, it was here that Pilate quoted these famous words, “ . . . I have found no fault in this man. . . .” (Luke 23:14) But, because the crowd wanted Jesus crucified, Pilate wasn’t strong enough to follow his conscience. So, he turned Jesus over to the soldiers. They stripped him, Put a purple robe on him, Made him a crown of thorns and placed it on his head, And, they mocked him, spit on him, beat him; Yet, he never said a word! They put a cross on his back. They led him to Calvary, and they made a black man named Simon carry his cross. And, when they got to Calvary – or Golgotha’s Hill, the place of the Skull – they hung Jesus between two thieves and crucified him. Thank God, the WEEK OR THE WORD doesn’t end there! Saturday , Matthew 27:63 Matthew says that on the next day – Saturday – the chief priest and Pharisees went to Pilate saying, “We remember that deceiver saying on the third day he would rise again. So we need to make sure the tomb is sealed and that guards are there so his disciples can’t come and steal his body and say he rose from the dead !” Amen. [This is not how the story ends. Next Sunday we will see what happened.] 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. Click for Virtual Communion

  • August 23, 2020 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY , AUGUST 23, 2020 ​ C all to Worship and Invocation ​ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the earth be silent before him. ​ Song of Inspiration – Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross ​ ​ ​ 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 (Philippians 4:4-9; 19-20) ​ 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer – Oh to Be Kept by Jesus ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 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, Ernest Woodard, and Mrs.Georgette Gale and Family, Mrs. Kathi Pinkard and Family, and the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland, in the passing of Bishop Frank Pinkard; Bishops George D. Crenshaw and Staccato Powell, and Presiding Elder Rogers ​ Most Gracious Father, God of all goodness and grace, we come before you with praise and adoration. We beg your forgiveness for our sins and transgressions. Our prayer is that you will be patient with us as we struggle to understand the world crisis that is upon us. We know that you have all power in your hands and are standing on your promise to always be with us. ​ Many have been lost due to the pandemic, yet you have spared us and countless numbers more and for that mercy we are thankful. Now Lord we pray for those who are lost in this world of sin. And, Father, we pray for those who are physically and mentally ill. We ask that you will ease their pain and console their minds. As we face another week of uncertainty, we are certain of the fact that you are God alone and besides you, there is none other. So, we lift up your name, and thank you for blessing us. ​ In Jesus Name we pray. Amen. ​ Song of Praise - He's My Everything ​ 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. Bishop Crenshaw will visit the California Conference in mid-September. More details will follow. ​ Sermonic Scripture Reading - Colossians 3:1-2 ​ Colossians 3:1-2 ​ 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (King James Version) 1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. (New Living Translation) ​ ​ ​ ​​ ​ ​ Song of Preparation - Higher Ground Performed by Bishop Leonard Scott Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith Performed by Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, TX Performed by the Fellowship Baptist Church, Chicago ​ Sermon - Higher Ground 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

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