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  • August 16, 2020 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY , AUGUST 16, 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 – I Will Trust 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. ​ 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 (Ephesians 3:13-21) ​ 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer – What a Friend We Have in 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, Sister Simone, Ernest Woodard, and Mrs.Georgette Gale and Family, Mrs. Kathi Pinkard and Family, and the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland, in the passing of their loved ones, Bishops Staccato Powell and George D. Crenshaw, and Presiding Elder Rogers ​ Most Gracious Father, It is First Church, Lord, and once more, and again we come into Your holy presence with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts. We acknowledge our many-fold blessings and our unworthiness of your grace and mercy. We pray that you will forgive us of our sins against You and that You will give us a clean heart, one that will let us serve You in spirit, truth and love. We are hard-pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair. We know that You have all things in Your hands. We are persuaded that You can and will bring us through our circumstances. God, we pray for the safety and blessing of our families and friends. We petition Your direction in our lives as we go about life's day to day activities. You have been our friend and Savior and we know that You will never leave us nor forsake us. So, God, show Yourself mighty and strong in those areas where we are weak. Continue to be a hedge around us and we will forever give You the honor and praise. Amen. ​ ​ ​ ​ Song of Praise - Oh How I Love Jesus ​ Tithes and Offerings "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ." 2nd Chronicles 9:7 ​ Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 ​ ​ Announcements ​ The Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church has announced the assignment of Bishop George D. Crenshaw as Presiding Bishop of the Western Episcopal District. Welcome, Bishop Crenshaw to California and the First AME Zion Church, San Jose. ​ Sermonic Scripture Reading - Matthew 9:2 2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. (King James Version) ​ Mark 2:3 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. (The Living Bible) ​ Luke 5:20 ​ 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, "My friend, your sins are forgiven." (The Living Bible) ​ ​ Song of Preparation - He's That Kind of Friend Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith Performed by Tramaine Hawkins Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith Performed by Community SDA of Englewood, NJ ​ Sermon - Friends Helping Friends Pastor Rogers CLICK SCREEN, 2 minute delay on start of sermon 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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  • May 31, 2020 | Mysite 1

    SHELTER-IN-PLACE WORSHIP GUIDE SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020 Welcome to First AME Zion Church San Jose. Your presence brings us great joy. We thank God for you and pray that you are blessed by this worship experience. The Call to Worship and Invocation The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Bless us as we enter Your holy presence on this Pentecost Sunday. Morning Hymn – Yield Not to Temptation Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; Each victory will help you some other to win; Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue, Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through. (Refrain) Ask the Savior to help you, Comfort, strengthen and keep you; He is willing to aid you, He will carry you through. Shun evil companions, bad language disdain, God’s Name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain; Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true, Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through. To him that o’ercometh , God giveth a crown; Through faith we will conquer, Though often cast down; He who is our Savior, Our strength will renew; Look ever to Jesus, He will carry you through. Scripture Reading (Jeremiah 31:31-34 ) 31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “ I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 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 -- Give Me a Clean Heart 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 My Heavenly Father, Thank you for another week of life and blessings. Many have suffered and died, yet you have seen fit to grant me another day. Thank you, Father . Please accept my humble plea to be forgiven for my sins against you. I come with a contrite spirit and a sorrowful heart for my 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 light 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 stormy days. Amen . Song of Praise -- The Lord is Blessing Me Right Now 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 -- Romans 8:28 A nd we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Song of Preparation -- That's When You Bless Me Performed by L.A. Mass Choir ​ Performed by Chris Turner ​ Performed by First Baptist Church of Glenarden's Youth Choir Sermon -- The Benefits of Delay Pastor Rogers About 35 years ago, I heard Dr. E. K. Bailey from Concord Church in Dallas, Texas preach a sermon titled, “The Discipline of Delay.” I will never forget that sermon. He preached to a crowded noon-day service of the Bay Cities Baptist Ministers’ City-Wide Revival in Oakland. So, as I prepared this week’s sermon, the Spirit led me to bring to you the importance of understanding “The Benefits of Delay.” Have you ever been on a freeway and got stuck in traffic? Sometimes it doesn’t bother you as much as others. For example, it rattles me if I’m stuck on the freeway at 9:00 and I have another hour to drive and my meeting starts at 9:30. I’m not so concerned if I’m stuck on the freeway and I don’t have any specific time to get to my destination. Well, that’s the way that most of life work. Some delays seem devastating, while others seem to hold no consequence. Today we’re going to look at several passages that teach us about delay. I’m going to tag this text, “The Benefits of Delay.” One of the benefits of delay is that it gives us an opportunity to stop and ask ourselves, “What is the reason for this delay? Why is God putting what I want to do on hold? In today’s world, man has exalted himself to the point where he believes that he is above God. Man, in general, thinks that he is the all-and-all and that God is just someone he calls “the man upstairs,” or a “higher power.” But the truth is that God is God. In fact, he is a jealous God as found in Deuteronomy 4: 23, 24 says, “So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the Lord your God has commanded you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” Man has such a big ego that he often takes all the credit for his accomplishments. You’ve heard people say, “I pulled myself up by my bootstraps” or “I made it because I didn’t let anybody, or anything get in my way.” This kind of thinking is dangerous when it excludes the power and presence of God in our lives. God allows us to experience triumphs, victories, wins, and successes when we use those things to glorify Him. Think about the story of Mary, Martha and their brother, Lazarus. They were all Jesus’ friends. Lazarus got sick. The Greek word for "sick", implies that his sickness was serious. Death threatened him, so the sisters immediately thought of the Lord Jesus, who had healed many strangers and certainly would come to the aid of one He loved. Lazarus lived in Bethany about two miles from Jerusalem. Christ had returned to Bethany east of the Jordan; but Christ did not leave Jerusalem right away. The bible says, “ therefore" Christ did not go, not because He did not love them, but because He did love them. They expected Jesus to come to them immediately because they knew that Jesus loved them. But Jesus knew that resurrection was a better testimony to the people than healing. He waited until Lazarus was dead so that His power and might to raise him from the dead would have a greater impact. You say, "It’s a strange kind of love that waits for two days before going to heal a friend that's dying". But His delay did not mean He didn't love them. Can you imagine love on the basis of time? This is what you might say: " Lord, You have 20 minutes to meet this need and if You don't, it's clear You don't love me". That would be ridiculous. You don't measure love on the basis of time. You wonder why the Lord lets time roll on as you rot in what seems like a dead situation – a dead job, a dead marriage, a financial grave – the reason for that is so that when he raises you above those situations, you will give him the glory. Your testimony ought to be that “all things work together for good to them that love God”. In Acts 24, we find an account of one of God's delays that we often experience. We think that something we want to have happen is just around the corner. Then as we move toward it we find that it seems to move away from us, recede from us, elude us. Sometimes it takes us months or years to reach a point which we thought was right there. So we have to take time to revisit the circumstance in our mind, to reflect on these circumstances. That is the way it was with the apostle Paul in Acts 24. In this text, we find a man named Felix who was in charge of the financial affairs of Rome. When Felix, adjourned the proceedings against Paul, he could have set him free. But, instead, he commanded Lysias the centurion to take Paul to prison and to keep Paul under guard, give him some freedom, and permit Paul’s friends to take care of his needs. Because of Paul’s open testimony about Jesus, Felix’s curiosity had been awakened and, as Luke tells us, Felix knew something about Christianity, and he wanted to hear more. So he keeps Paul in custody, even though he has every legal right to set him free. Felix had his reason for keeping Paul and God had His reason. God was using Felix as an instrument to carry out His purpose with Paul. This is the work of a loving, heavenly Father who is concerned with a beloved son. Remember that Paul, by disobedience, despite the consistent warnings of the Holy Spirit, had chosen the pathway which led to bonds and imprisonment. He had disobeyed the direct command of the Spirit that he should not go up to Jerusalem. While imprisoned, Paul had time to reflect on his situation. There is a very instructive lesson here for us. It is simply that when we disobey God and are later forgiven, as Paul was forgiven and restored, that forgiveness does not change the pathway we have chosen. God doesn't eliminate the trials and the difficulties we have deliberately created for ourselves. He forgives us and what the forgiveness does is to restore to that pathway all the power and joy and gladness that was our experience before we walked in disobedience. You find that this is what happens here with Paul. When he was restored to the fellowship of his Lord by the appearance of the Lord Jesus to him in prison in Jerusalem, that pathway of imprisonment was not canceled. He remains a prisoner, and ahead of him lie two long, weary years of waiting in Caesarea, and three more in Rome, as a prisoner of the Lord. God doesn't eliminate that, but he does transform it into a fruitful and profitable experience for the apostle. The testimony here is that, even though he was bound as a prisoner, the fullness of God's power and glory is able to work in him just as freely through the channel of imprisonment as it did when he was free. The imprisonment was not comfortable. It added a good deal of agony and heartache to the apostle's own experience. But he accepted it as God's provision for him and found it to be no less the instrument of God's working and power than anything else he had experienced before. "God's delays are not God's denials". They are usually the means, which God uses to prepare us for something better. My God is always at work for the good of His people, and He is working in all things. One of the reasons that we have so much trouble realizing that there are rewards to enduring delays is that we are always in a hurry and God isn’t. Without a doubt, one of the lessons in God's school hardest to grasp is the rewards of God’s delay in our lives. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah found himself in a horrible situation. Can you imagine how Elijah must have felt when the brook that carried a stream of water, dried up? Remember in another sermon I told you it was alright to ask God WHY? Well here is a perfect example. Elijah asked, "Lord didn't you tell me to come here?" "How can I be in the center of your will and have a dried-up brook?" Can you imagine the thoughts that must have raced through Elijah's mind "Has God forgotten me? Have I taken a wrong step? Should I begin to make my own plans?" My, brothers and sisters, could it be that you're sitting by a drying brook today in the form of a diminishing business that is only a mirage? Are you wondering how you are going to exist after the water has disappeared? Then listen to these encouraging words, "And the word of the Lord came unto Elijah saying. Arise and get thee to Zarephath, . . . behold I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. " (2 Kings 17:9) Just sit tight! The testimony is that God's direction will surely come, guiding you to the next place of His provision, and proving to you that while the Lord never comes before His time, He never comes too late. As the old folks used to say, “He’s an on-time God, yes He is.” Too often we worry when we should wait, and we resist when we should resign. Often God's delays are explained when we recognize that God is teaching us the need for patience. This includes the things that perplex us and that pain us. The way God teaches us to be patient and wait on His rewards is to test and try us. The only way we can learn patience is to surrender and let God have His way. Perhaps the hardest place to be patient is in the furnace of suffering. A member who admitted that she had “many issues” asked her pastor, "Why has God made me this way"? He answered, "God has not made you. . . He is making you". Church, God continues to make us – to give us a better understanding of his will and of his way. God guides us through hard times and troubles. Every experience, every ordeal, every test, makes us more like His Beloved Son. Are you frustrated about a delay that you are enduring right now? Maybe God is speaking to you as He spoke in Hebrews 10:36, “You have need of patience that, after you have done the will of God, you shall receive the promise”. God’s delay in my life is not His denial. First Church learn to accept your delays, not as denials, but as opportunities for enrichment and advance. The ultimate reward is to be more and more like Jesus every day. To live this life so that we can sit at the right hand of the Father. Our reward is more than temporal. Our reward for remaining steadfast and unmovable even in the time of delays is the reward of Eternal Life on that day when we shall hear our Father say, “Good and obedient servant, good and disciplined servant, good and faithful servant, well done. 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 Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith

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    The AME Zion Book of Worship explains that the word “ maundy ” means command. It was on this night that Christ instituted, by His command, our continual remembrance of Him and His Work on our behalf when we share in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Maundy Thursday falls on the Thursday before Easter. It honors the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the canonical gospels.

  • September 20, 2020 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 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. Father God, we come with thanksgiving in our hearts and praises for Your goodness. Thank You for another week of peace and safety in this time of learning to lean on You. Amen. Morning Hymn – Yield Not to Temptation Scripture Reading (II Corinthians 5:17-6:2) 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 6 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) ​ 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 – Lead Me, Guide Me We are praying for you. Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans, Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Betty Jo Smith, Tracy Parker, Pastor Vincent Parker, and the Family of Ernest Woodard, and Rev. Westley and Karen Myles, in the passing of Rev. Myles' father. ​ 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 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 - Faith Is ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 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 – There will be Members Meeting with Bishop George D. Crenshaw on Tuesday night, September 22. Check your email for details. 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 - Luke 4:3 "And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." Luke 4:6-7 ​ 6"And the devil said unto him, ‘All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it." 7"If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." ​ Luke 4:9 - 11 ​ 9 “And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” ​ ​ ​ ​ Song of Preparation - Have Faith in God Sermon -- Is Your Faith on Trial ? Pastor Rogers ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Performed by Chris Turner Performed by Velma Willis Performed by Rev. James Moore, and Gayle Arbuckle Performed by Dottie Peoples 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 on Icon for sound

  • July 5, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, July 5, 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. ​ Morning Hymn -- My Faith Looks Up to Thee P erformed by the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Trinity Choir 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 -- Take it to the Lord in Prayer Performed by The Aeolians Oakwood University 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 Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you, thank you, for your undying mercy toward us. We come before you with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts for this beautiful day. We are not worthy to gather the crumbs from under your table, and Lord, we pray that You will forgive us of our sins and things that we have done that were not pleasing in Your sight. We pray that You will continue to direct us, keep our hearts and minds stayed on Thee. We face many unknown obstacles, but we are confident that You will go before us and protect us on this life's journey. ​ We come again pleading for this land. We are troubled by the sin of racism and are plagued by the coronavirus. We seek Your face and ask that You hear our prayer and heal our land. Lord, as some of our communities go into yet another phase of restriction, we know that You are with us and that You are our constant source of protection. We pray this prayer in the most precious Name of Jesus. Amen. Song of Praise - Every Praise Performed by Hezekiah Walker and the 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 Announcements The Bay Cities District Planning Meeting will be held via Zoom, July 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Please watch your email for an invitation to the meeting. Also, 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 -- Great is Your Mercy Performed by Donnie McClurkin Sermon -- To Whom Much Is Given Pastor Rogers John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, once said, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” I don’t attribute this to him as an original thought, but I do credit him for expressing this truism. He not only believed this truth in theory, but he lived it. He had been given the awesome responsibility of being president of the United States of America. And, ultimately, he became the victim of a gunman in Dallas, Texas. A man born of society’s privilege, wealth, and prestige, gave up his life. Kennedy is not the only person we can recall who has made this prolific statement. ​ Andrew Young, an African American civil rights activist, former politician, and a pastor, born in 1932, put it this way: “To whom much is given, much is required - not expected, but required.” Young is still living, but it is evident that he not only made the statement, but he is willingly living it. He says, “It is a blessing to die for a cause because you can so easily die for nothing.” ​ But just for a second, notice the difference in these two statements. One says that much is “expected”; the other says, much is “required.” We can all agree that there is a big difference between being expected and being required. ​ A simple illustration of that difference is that you “expect” your children to get good grades in school, but you “require” your children to go to Church. The expectation may not happen, in fact it is defined as regarded as likely; anticipated, but the requirement, defined as “officially compulsory, or otherwise considered essential” must happen. ​ Perhaps this distinct difference is why Luke, the physician, is translated to say in Chapter 12, verse 48(b) Contemporary English Version, ​ “If God has been generous with you, he will expect you to serve him well. But if he has been more than generous, he will expect you to serve him even better.” ​ But the King James translation of this same scripture speaks strongly to this point: ​ “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.” ​ The question that may be in some of our minds this morning is what is an example of someone who was “given much”? Let’s search the scriptures for an answer. ​ Turn to Genesis 12:1-6, we see where God spoke to Abram and tells him to “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” ​ Later we see in the 15th Chapter that Abram “believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” Not only was Abraham blessed spiritually, but he gained immense material wealth. In fact, he was said to be rich in gold, silver, and cattle. Back in that time, having these material possessions was like being the owner of a multi-billion-dollar business. ​ Even though he was financially sound, Abraham continued to profess his faith to the Lord, and his possessions became even greater and God continued to bless him in many ways. During this time, he had shared the land where he lived and had his cattle with his nephew Lot. ​ But, Abraham continued to accumulate possessions and he was forced to separate from Lot because the land area became too small. Despite the fact that everyone associated with Abraham also had material wealth, Lot became envious of his uncle. ​ Abraham had married Sarai and moved to Gerah. When he learns the King there was interested in his wife, to avoid any kind of conflicts in this new territory, Abraham introduces Sarai as his sister and not as his wife. The King takes Sarai into his harem as his wife and gives Abraham all kinds of animals to win his friendship and trust. Even with all of this wealth and Sarai as his wife, the King finds himself cursed by God and asked Abraham for an explanation. ​ This is when we see the turn from much being given, to much being required. Abraham tells the King the truth about Sarai and the King is forced to give Sarai back to Abraham. He gives her back and banishes Abraham and his family from Egypt. ​ After many years and life changes, God asks Abraham to make a sacrifice as proof of his faith and asks him to take his son, Isaac with him. Abraham goes with Isaac and a lamb to Moriah. ​ Finally, they arrive after three days walking and without the lamb which had gotten lost along the way. Since there is no lamb to sacrifice, God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son. ​ God was very decisive in his requirement. He wasn’t just “expecting” Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, but he was requiring that Abraham sacrifice him. ​ Church, there is a time when we must lay aside every weight and put it all on the altar for God. Because of his obedience, God restored Abraham’s wealth and reputation. ​ Abraham was not the only one of whom much was required. Sometimes when we talk about biblical characters, it seems so far-fetched. Surely, God has given some modern-day believers “much”. ​ When we consider the book of Matthew, we read of the three men whose Master had given them talents. One received five, one received two and one received a single talent. The first two men trusted that they would be favored in investing their talents, and each of them doubled their investment. But the one who received one talent must have been skeptical and he went and “digged in the earth and hid his Lord’s money.” ​ When the Lord returned he said to the first two men, “Well done; good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things and I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the lord.” But to the won who squandered his talents, the lord said, “Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed.” The one talent was taken from him and given to the other two men and they had abundance and the other nothing. Well Pastor that’s still old school. What about now. You remember Robert Smith, the billionaire who gave grants to pay off student loan debt for all Morehouse graduates in the Class of 2019. Smith was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. ​ His parents were school teachers. He grew up in a predominantly African American, middle-class neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. He even went to public school. He applied for an internship at Bell Labs but was told the program was intended for college students. Smith persisted, calling each Monday for five months. When a student from M.I.T. did not show up, he got the position, and that summer he developed a reliability test for semiconductors. ​ From then on, it was doubling his opportunities, and today he is a billionaire. Smith learned the principle early – to whom much is given, much is required. He worked hard to reach his personal achievements and he worked even harder to secure enough to help someone else. He knew that much was required of him as a Black man in this racist society and as a human being, spreading the love of God throughout the land. ​ Another man who lives a life that tells the story of “to whom much is given, much is required” is Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, Texas. I first met Mayor Turner as a member of The Church Without Walls after Hurricane Katrina. On Easter Sunday, 2017, the Church’s Bingle Campus re-opened and there on the front row of worshippers was Sylvester Turner. He was Mayor at that time, and his name was legendary throughout the City. ​ He was born in 1954, in Houston, as the sixth of nine children, and was raised in the Acres Homes community in northwest Houston. Turner attended public school in Houston and later joined Harvard Law School in 1980. In an interview, Turner said, ​ “I didn’t realize I was poor, until people told me I was. My parents always found a way to make sure there was food on the table.” ​ One of the things you should know about Turner is that he was raised in the Church and remained dedicated to God. In spite of his meager beginnings, Sylvester Turner knew the scripture, “To whom much is given, much is required.” ​ Mayor Turner is a passionate speaker about God, the Bible, and Jesus’ commandment to “love thy neighbor.” He can be seen on any given Sunday morning on the front row of the sanctuary, shouting out and praising God. He lives daily to return those talents many-fold that were given to him. ​ One act of faith that was questioned by the politicians and skeptics of Houston was creating a $95,000 per year paid internship for a minority student. This was reported in October 2019 when he was in the middle of a run-off race for Mayor. Many believed that because of this act, he would fail as Mayor of Houston and serve only one term. But, God – Praise be to God, Sylvester Turner won the 2020 election and is serving a second four-year term. That is just how God works. Just as God said to Abraham, “I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you,” he did the same thing for Sylvester Turner. ​ I’m a living witness that God will bless you. I often wonder how a little boy from Jacksonville, North Carolina could wind up as the Pastor of a church and now presiding elder? But, then when I think about God and his goodness, I know just how it happened. ​ I can thank my mother, Nancy for introducing me to Jesus when I was a little tot. I can thank Jesus for blessing me. I can thank an uncle-in-law for knowing the Word of God and helping me through college. I can recall how I learned to share with others and how to give a helping hand without being asked. God is true to his word. I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread. ​ He is our rock, our strong tower – He is the wheel in the middle of the wheel. He is our bread when we’re hungry and our bridge over troubled water God is our all and all. He has given us food and shelter from the storm and the rain. We can trust and believe in God because He started it all. He gave us his Son, Jesus Christ to live among us here on earth. To be a living example of what it means to be blessed and cursed. ​ Jesus went about doing good, magnifying God by His sinless life. Jesus gave sight to the blind; he healed the sick and raised the dead. He knew that much was required of him. So, one day when God needed a sacrifice to die for the sins of man, Jesus – sweet Jesus – accepted that call. He decided to die, just to save you and me. It must have been a miserable death to hang there on a rugged cross, flanked by two malefactors. Yet, even in dying he took time to pray for them who were killing him – Father forgive them for they know not what they do. And, he hung there long enough to offer salvation to a thief giving him eternal life and telling him that “today you will be with me in paradise.” ​ What more could He do? He hung his head in the lock of his shoulders and gave up the ghost. He gave his precious life for us. To whom much is given, much is required. ​ What are you willing to give today? What is required of you? ​ You’ve been given life, a home, a family, a job, a friend, a spouse, a confidant. You’ve been given chance after chance to renew and rebuild; ​ You’ve seen it over and over again where God has blessed you and kept you from all hurt, harm and danger. ​ What have you given? My brothers and sisters much is required. ​ Take a look in the rear-view mirror of your life. Are you fulfilling your requirement? Are you worshipping week after week, only to keep the goodness of God and the life of salvation a secret to yourself? ​ You may say, I’ve never trusted in God before or believed that I was in his presence. Well, it is not too late. If you hear my voice today and you’ve not accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, this is your time to give your life to Christ. God wants to bless you. He is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20) Amen. ​ 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. Please celebrate our virtual Communion be clicking the Communion button below. COMMUNION

  • 3 Days Before Resurrection | Mysite 1

    Maundy Thursday The AME Zion Book of Worship explains that the word “maundy” means command. It was on this night that Christ instituted, by His command, our continual remembrance of Him and His Work on our behalf when we share in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. ​ Maundy Thursday falls on the Thursday before Easter. It honors the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the canonical gospels. Good Friday The AME Zion Church commemorates Good Friday. Traditionally, there is a Worship Service with selected hymns and meditation scriptures. The Seven Last Sayings from the Cross are sermonically presented. The First Word “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.“ Luke 23:24 The Second Word “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.“ Luke 23:43 The Third Word “Woman, behold thy son!. . . Behold thy mother!“ John 19:26,27 The Fourth Word “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?“ Matthew 27:45,46 The Fifth Word “I thirst.“ John 19:28 The Sixth Word “It is finished.“ John 19:30 The Seventh Word “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.“ Luke 23:46 The Invitation to Christian Discipleship is extended and the clergy gives the benediction. The video below is a depiction of the history of Jesus' suffering and dying on Good Friday.

  • 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

  • MINISTRIES | Mysite 1

    Ministries Missionary Society In concert with the AME Zion Church’s Women’s Home and Oversees Missionary Society, First Church’s Missionary Society activities are designed to “promote growth in the knowledge and understanding of God and His plan of redemption for the world , as revealed through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.” Christian Education The Christian Education Department of the AME Zion Church was created for the promotion and supervision of the Christian training and development of the entire membership of the denomination. First Church encourages participation of all members – adults, young adults, youth, and children. Sunday School and Bible Study are integral parts of our CED ministry. Health and Wellness The Health and Wellness encourages members to develop a healthy eating, exercise and living routine. The Ministry involves the Church in community activities related to health and offers an on-campus Mental Health Resource Desk, providing information on various local physical and mental health resources. Worship and Arts First AME Zion's Worship and Arts Ministry includes our choirs and Historical Society. The choirs lift the Name of Jesus through singing traditional and contemporary songs, hymns and spirituals. ​ The Historical Society updates and maintains the historical records of First Church from its founding in 1864 to the present time. Hospitality Hospitality – Ushers, Greeters, Parking, and Kitchen ​ The Hospitality Ministry embodies the Ushers, Greeters, and Kitchen Ministries. Each of these groups are hospitality ambassadors, enhancing the worship experience by extending warm, loving and inviting hospitality to all who worship with us. Members share exciting times in their fellowship together. Media The Media Ministry works to assist First Church’s mission to spread the Gospel through involvement in various aspects of today’s information and communications technological environment.

  • 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.

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