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  • VIRTUAL WORSHIP | Mysite 1

    Weekly prayer meeting and bible study. Prayer meeting starts at 6:30pm followed by Bible study at 7:00pm each and every Wednesday evening. ​ Topic: Weekly Prayer Meeting and Bible Study - First A.M.E. Zion Church San Jose Time: 6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) *Join us every Wednesday at 6:30 pm using this Link* Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81844294410?pwd=dXFHc0lGUlVobHlNb3FkYWRRdmU3Zz09 Meeting ID: 818 4429 4410 Passcode: 652604 Join by Phone One tap mobile +16699006833,,81844294410#,,,,*652604# US (San Jose)

  • 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

  • July 19, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, July 19, 2020 The Call to Worship and Invocation Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving,and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.—Psalm 100 ​ Morning Hymn -- I Decided to Make Jesus My Choice P erformed by Marvin Williams Scripture Reading -- Joshua 24:1-8, 15, 24 Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. 2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac, 4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt. 5 “‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out. 6 When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen as far as the Red Sea. 7 But they cried to the Lord for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time. 8 “‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” 24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” Gloria Patri Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen. Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- I Can Go to God in Prayer Performed by Times Square Church Choir We are praying for you: Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans , Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Betty Jo Smith, Pat and Monroe Brown, the Family of Cassandra Faire, the Family of Eddie Gale Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that we need is in your hands. ​ We pray for all of those on the prayer list. We ask that you bless and keep them; that you provide whatever they stand in need of and give them a peaceful spirit and mind. ​ You know what our Church is facing at this time and we are not asking, Lord, that you take this trial away. Instead, we simply ask that Your will be done in the life of First Church. Whatever that means, that is what we want. But we admit that it’s hard, Lord. Sometimes we feel like we can’t go on. The pain and the fear are too much for us to bear, and we know that we don’t have the strength on our own to get through this. ​ We know that we can come to you, Jesus and that you will hear our prayer. We know that it is not your intent to bring us to this point just to leave us in the wilderness alone. Please, Lord, give us the strength that we need to face today. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow. If you just give us the strength that we need today that is all we need. Keep us from sinning during this trial. Instead, help us to keep our eyes on you. You are the Holy Lord, and all of our hope rests in you. ​ Thank you for hearing our prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen. ​ Song of Praise - Jesus I'll Never Forget Performed by First Baptist Church of Glen Arden Tithes and Offerings "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ." 2nd Chronicles 9:7 Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal and Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 Announcements Please check your text messages and email for further updates on the events and news about the schedule for all local AMEZ services. In accordance with the directives of the Board of Bishops our on-site services are suspended until further notice. This includes Bible Study and choir rehearsals. Our next on-site service to be announced. The Sermonic Scripture -- 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 ​ 7even though I have received wonderful revelations from God. But to keep me from getting puffed up, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from getting proud. 8Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9Each time he said, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. 10 I receive joy when I am weak. I receive joy when people talk against me and make it hard for me and try to hurt me and make trouble for me. I receive joy when all these things come to me because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (New Living Translation) Philippians 3:14 ​ 14My eyes are on the prize. I want to win the race and get the prize of God's call from heaven through Christ Jesus. Song of Preparation -- God's Grace is Sufficient for Me Performed by Bishop G.E. Patterson Sermon -- Going Forward In Spite of Your Handicap Pastor Rogers Click icon for sound INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP - Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you wish to unite with our Church, please call (408) 688-6980. Let the Church Say Amen - Performed by the Winans

  • September 6, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, September 6, 2020 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. ​ Song of Adoration -- Through it All ​ Performed by Andrae Crouch 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 -- Your Grace and Mercy Performed by the Mississippi Mass Choir We are praying for you: Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans , Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Betty Jo Smith, Ernest Woodard, and Tracy Parker ​ Dear Heavenly Father, ​ We come before you on this Sunday morning 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 with the confidence that You are with us and that You are our constant source of protection. We can go forward because we are assured that You promised to never leave or forsake us. Amen. Song of Praise - Jesus Will Performed by First Baptist Church of Glenarden Young Adult Choir Tithes and Offerings "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ." 2nd Chronicles 9:7 Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal and Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 Click Icon for Sound 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 - Corinthians 12:7-9 7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measures. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. ​ 9And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” ​ ​ Song of Preparation -- For Every Mountain Performed by The Kurt Carr Singers , Yvette Wiliams, Soloist Sermon -- When God Knocks at the Backdoor Pastor Rogers Click Music 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. 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  • September 13, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, September 13, 2020 The Call to Worship and Invocation Welcome, friends, to this holy day.We come to offer thanks; we come to sing and pray. Welcome, friends, to this time set apart, a time to remember those we love, and time to remember the holy promises of God. Welcome, friends, to this table of remembrance and joy, The table where we are fed, the feast we share with many. Welcome, friends, and let us worship God. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Morning Hymn -- Pass Me Not P erformed by Bishop David L. Ellis ​ Scripture Reading -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 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 -- Is Your All on the Altar Performed by Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson 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, the Family of Ernest Woodard 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 Tracy and Rev. Vincent Parker and other bereaved members of the family of Ernest Woodard. ​ 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 Got A New Name Performed by Greg Thomas and the Times Square Church Choir Tithes and Offerings "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ." 2nd Chronicles 9:7 Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal and Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 Announcements Bishop Geroge D. Crenshaw will visit First Church on September 22. More details to follow. 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 -- God Specializes Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith Sermon -- Making Crooked People Straight 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

  • March 29, 2020 | Mysite 1

    Morning Hymn – I Am On the Battlefield Scripture Reading (Psalm 27) 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. 7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. 11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on 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 – Thank You For Hearing Our Prayer Heavenly Father, We thank you for your grace and mercy. You have allowed our time to roll on, despite the threat of the coronavirus. You have kept a hedge around us and for that we are grateful. Many of us have suffered anxiety, loneliness and frustration. Our minds have been consumed by all of the news that threatens our life as we know it. Some have lost jobs and others have experienced the loss of relationships and comradery. Yet we bow before you to say thank you. Please forgive us for our sins and for our moments of doubt. We pray that we have the faith so that we can wake up each morning with our minds stayed on You. Help us to be beacons of light in our families and in the communities where we live. As we look to next week with anticipation of your love and protection, we pray that you will lead and guide us in the way that you would have us to go. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen. Song of Praise - There's a Bright Side Somewhere 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 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 will be suspended on March 22 and 29 and April 5, 2020. This includes bible study and choir rehearsals for that period. Our next on-site service will be on the second Sunday, April 11, 2020. Sermonic Scripture Reading - John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, ‘I thi rst.’ Song of Preparation - Wounded for Me Sermon This week we will continue with our series on the Seven Last Sayings from the Cross. We are continuing our study and series on the Seven Last Sayings of the Savior on the Cross. The first Saying was a word of Forgiveness, found in Luke 23:34 – “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” This saying teaches us that forgiveness is a free gift, available to all. The second saying was found in Luke 23:43, and it is a word of Salvation – “Verily, I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.” The second saying affirms that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” The third saying, was one of Affection – “Woman, behold thy Son!. . . “Behold thy mother.” (John 19:26,27) By saying this, Jesus let us know that we should be concerned and caring for the welfare of our parents. Last week were enlightened on the 4th saying which was a word of Anguish, taken from Matthew 27:46 – “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” This sermon taught us that Jesus endured anguish when He bore the sins of the whole world and died on the cross. So, here we are this morning, to consider the word of Suffering, found in John 19:28 that says, “I thirst.” Many theologians have expounded on the sayings of Christ from the Cross. “I thirst” has been the subject of many essays and discourses. I believe this is because “suffering” has always been a perplexing problem. People often ask these questions -- Why should suffering be necessary in a world that is governed by a perfect God? -- A God who not only has the power to prevent evil, but who is Love? Why is there pain, sickness and death? I understand these questions, but I’ve come to tell you this morning that God’s divine presence will comfort us – even as we suffer. The Cross at Calvary shows us that God is not ignorant to our suffering and sorrows. Isaiah 53:4 says, “in the person of His Son He has Himself borne our grief and carried our sorrows.” The Cross tells us that God is not indifferent to pain, because as Jesus—our redeemer and Saviour -- He experienced pain! This explains why in John 19:28 Jesus uttered two words: “I thirst.” These two words were not uttered selfishly. If we study them carefully, we will see that they teach us three great lessons: (1) Christ thirsted physically; (2) Christ thirsted spiritually; and (3) Christ thirsted emotionally. Those who study the Word know that Jesus was not a manifestation of God; Jesus was God manifested in the flesh! Because he was in the flesh, he possessed two natures. Jesus had a nature of divinity and one of humanity. Christ was not immune to physical suffering – He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane. He suffered as he carried that old rugged cross up Golgotha’s Hill. He suffered when the nails were riveted into his feet and hands. Yet, he never said a mumbling word in response to that suffering. Think about times when you are stressed, sick and in pain. Medical professionals will tell you to always make sure that you don’t get dehydrated. It is obvious that our bodies thirst “water” even when we are not mentally aware of our need for it. The physical body has its own way of saying, “I thirst.” As I think of the pain, the torment and horrible suffering that Jesus took for us on Calvary it is impossible to describe. We really can’t imagine it – although Mel Gibson made a valiant effort in the “Passion of the Christ.” It is only through reading the Word of God that we get a true picture of how Jesus suffered physically. We’ve already established that Jesus possessed two natures – divine and human. Why didn’t he use his divine nature to relieve his suffering? Well, he had to suffer physically in order that prophesy might be fulfilled. Look at Psalm 69:21. It says, “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.” Now consider the prophesy being fulfilled in Matthew 27:34: “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall; and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.” Christ Thirsted Spiritually. In John 19:28, it says, “Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, ‘I thirst’.” All throughout Jesus’ life, he was always about His Father’s business. In John 8:29 Jesus said, “. . . for I do always those things that please Him.” Christ's greatest thirst was to obey his Father in heaven. He lived to please God the Father. Yes, even though His body physically needed water, his concern for his physical well-being was little in comparison to his spiritual thirst. Dehydration can make the average human delirious, yet Christ was driven by his spiritual thirst. And, He was fully aware of what was going on while he hung on the cross. Jesus knew that his spiritual thirst could only be satisfied by the fellowship with his Heavenly Father. Psalm 42:2 says, “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God? ” Jesus had experienced the righteousness of God, and he was thirsty for that relationship. The bible says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Jesus wanted more than temporary relief from his physical thirst, and everlasting relief from his spiritual thirst. Just as Jesus was concerned about the spiritual, God wants us as Believers to be concerned about our spiritual life. We need to know that natural things cannot satisfy our spiritual thirst. Do you thirst after spiritual things in your life? Does the Word of God mean so much to you that you are thirsty for it? If you thirst after righteousness, then you will be able to handle your physical and emotional thirst. And, this brings me to my final point. Jesus thirsted emotionally. Look at Hebrews 13:8; it says, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” You need to know today that this Word is true! Christ always had an emotional thirst. We know that Jesus was human and that being thirsty when he hung on the cross was not the first time that he had been physically thirsty. In John 4:7, Christ said to the woman who came to the well, “Give Me to drink .” He wanted water from the well because he was weary from the journey and heat. But, when we examine this text closely, we never see that Jesus ever actually took a drink of the water. He never drank the water because, in the salvation and faith of that Samaritan woman, His heart was refreshed, and that was more than natural water could ever achieve. This is just one example of how Christ thirsted emotionally for others. It is later that we witness him hanging on the Cross, and thirsting for the lost. And, the good news is that He still has an emotional thirst for us today. Jesus gave his life for us. A real human life. Yet, we are like the soldier who gave Christ vinegar. And, we tend to glance over this point; so, I need to stop right here to explain the significance of the vinegar. If the soldier had genuinely wanted to ease Jesus suffering, he would have given him pure wine. You see wine would have acted like a sedative and helped ease the pain. But, instead the soldier gave him vinegar – a cheap diluted wine – an imitation of the real thing that had no effect. If Christ had drank it, he would have still been in pain and still thirsty. Now back to his emotional thirst and I’m going to tie this cheap diluted wine idea to this thought right here. Church, Christ still thirsts emotionally for us – He thirsts for our souls. But we, like the soldier with the vinegar, are giving him a cheap imitation. Cheap, imitation praise! Cheap, diluted worship! Cheap, unholy life styles. Cheap, watered-down prayer lives. And, cheap lies and promises to live for him. My brothers and sisters, Christ died for us and he deserves our very best – we need to be real for Christ. In Romans 12:1,2 Paul talks about the real thing -- "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." Yes, Christ thirst for the love and devotion of His own and he still thirsts for your soul. The question is: What do you thirst for in life? Do you thirst for the things of the world? OR Do you thirst spiritually and emotionally after righteousness? Nothing in this world can satisfy your thirst like Jesus. He died on the cross and thirsted physically, spiritually and emotionally so that we would never have to thirst again. He is still working miracles and satisfying thirsts. He sits at the well of your life, waiting to bless you with the living water. I want to remind you that Jesus dying on the Cross was a matter of life and death – your life and death! Centuries have past, but there is still room at the Cross for you. Jesus did his greatest work at the Cross. It is a place of healing. There’s no reason for you to live a life of torment. You need to take this Easter season – this time of studying the Seven Sayings of the Saviour from the Cross to turn your life around and accept Jesus. There is a life of torment ahead for those who reject the Saviour. For, if you die in your sins, your eternal cry will be, “I thirst.” Consider this question: If Christ cried, “I thirst” after God the Father turned his back on him for three hours, what is the state of those who have to endure being rejected by God for all eternity? Stop right now and give your life to Christ. He thirsts for you. There is a refreshing fountain, where you can drink of the spiritual water and you will never thirst again. If you are thirsty, then you are the one Jesus is seeking – “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6). Come to Jesus this morning, and simply say to Him, “I thirst.” Amen. Performed by Oakwood University Church Huntsville, Alabama Performed by St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC 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. ​ 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 Jessy Dixon Performed by Louisiana Children's Choir and Albert S. Hadley . Performed by Pastor Asa Sampson

  • 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

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