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  • May 2, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, May 2, 2021 The Call to Worship and Invocation ​ This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. On this first Sunday of May 2021, this Holy Communion Sunday, we pray for renewed hope, healing, and love in our land. ​ Morning Hymn -- Lord I Want to be a Christian in My Heart Performed by Yolanda Adams ​ ​ Gloria Patri Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. ​ The Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. ​ ​ Scripture Reading -- Matthew 26:26-36 ​ 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. 36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Pray Performed by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir We are praying for you: Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans , Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Greg and Monica Thompson, Mrs. Barbara Hill, Beola Baker, J. Johnson, David Williams, Donna Rouse and Family, and Greater Cooper AME Zion Church in the passing of member Jamescea Jackson ​ Dear Heavenly Father, ​ This morning we stand in the need of prayer. We bow in humble submission to Your will for our lives. You are a just and forgiving God and we beg your forgiveness for our sins. We are depending on your Word that you will never leave us or forsake us. Father, we come acknowledging our inability to handle our own issues and that we desperately stand in the need of prayer. Lord, we turn to you because we know that only you can heal our hearts and our land. Father, First Church wants a new touch and stirring up of our commitment to serve you. Show us the way in your Word to stop grumbling and lamenting about things past and how to move forward in a way that is pleasing in your sight. We need you to lead and to guide us. ​ Now Lord, we lift up the names on our prayer list. We ask that you keep your loving arms of protection around them. And, for those who are not on the list, but are seeking privately to have you comfort their minds, we ask that you will fulfill their needs, giving them the desires of their hearts. We pray for comfort and ease for every troubled spirit and mind. ​ As we embark on this closing of the Conference Year, let us move forward in a spirit of love and unity, knowing that we all have a common goal and that is to please, honor, and glorify you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. ​ Song of Praise -- Corinthian Song Performed by Kathy Taylor and Favor Tithes and Offerings "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ." 2nd Chronicles 9:7 Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal and Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 ​ Members are asked to make a sacrificial offering for the upkeep and business of our church. Announcements ​ The 4th Quarterly Conference will be today at 1:00 p.m. Zoom information has been forwarded to you. Please check your email. ​ Please check your text messages and email for further updates on the events and news about the schedule for all local AMEZ services. In accordance with the directives of the Board of Bishops, our on-site services are suspended until further notice. This includes Bible Study and choir rehearsals. Our next on-site service to be announced. The Sermonic Scripture - ​ Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) ​ 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ​ ​ ​ Song of Preparation -- It Is Well/Come Ye Disconsolate Performed by Richard Smallwood Sermon -- For This Cause We Are Christian Click icon for sound Invitation to Christian Discipleship ​ T he door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you need to make a tough decision, now is the time. Without discussion, dialogue or debate, take that step and unite with First AME Zion Church today. Call (408) 688-6980 and First Church will celebrate with you as you make the best decision of your life. ​ Benediction ​ Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the p resence of his glory with exceeding joy; To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. ​ Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., Dr. Maurice Watson, Pastor

  • MEET OUR PASTOR | Mysite 1

    ​ ​ Meet Our Pastor Rev. Nailah Sharon Denise Hubbard Pastor Nailah Hubbard was born in Los Angeles, California. She has served faithfully throughout the AME Zion California Conference and was appointed as Pastor of First Church San Jose in May 2021. Pastor Hubbard is well prepared for this assignment, as she follows in the giant footsteps of her father, Rev. Frederick Hubbard who also pastored First Church in years past. Nailah Sharon Denise Hubbard has an insatiable thirst for knowledge as can be seen from her list of academic accomplishments. She is currently pursuing her PhD and has received degrees in the following areas of study: ​ ​ Bachelor of Science in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Chemistry and Biology from San Francisco State University Master of Arts degree in Biblical Archaeology Bachelor of Science in Theology and a minor in Systematic Theology and Christian Leadership ​ In her past time, Pastor Hubbard loves spending time reading, antiquing and entertaining friends and family.

  • December 13, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, December 13, 2020 The Call to Worship and Invocation ​ This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. On this third Sunday of Advent, we pray for joy, unspeakable joy through God's grace and mercy towards us. Morning Hymn -- Joy to the World ​ Performed by Oakwood University Aeolians ​ ​ 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 -- I Corinthians 4:1-5 4 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. ​ ​ Third Sunday of Advent: The Lighting of the Joy Candle ​ ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross 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, Alisha Taliafero, Connie Nunez in the loss of her father, and Mrs. Carol Goode in the loss of her husband, Jerome Goode. ​ Dear Heavenly Father, We come before you today with adoration in our hearts. We adore you and bless your name for the goodness and mercy that you have shown unto us. We confess our manifold sins against thee and beg your forgiveness of every one of them. Father, we thank you for your blessings. You have given us food and shelter, protected us from the plagues of this cold world, and spared our lives from the Coronavirus. Dear God, First Church stands in the need of prayer. We pray for a portion of strength as we face battles from outside and from within. We know that you have all power in your hand and that you are our protector and our guide. Father, give us the wisdom to accept your will and way in our lives. Let us come before you as little children, obedient to their father's will. We fall to our knees in supplication and our hearts are open to reveal that we yield to ​ you. We pray a prayer of intervention for those in our families and all those who don't know you in the pardon of their sins. We ask that you will touch them and that they may come to the knowledge that you are the savior of the world. As we go into the week ahead, we ask that you go ahead of us and that you bind our hearts together with everylasting love. Amen Song of Praise -- Jesus the Light of the World Performed by Alfred Street Baptist Church 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 ​ Pastor and First Lady, Rogers wish you a joyous and blessed Christmas. ​ 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 - 2nd Chronicles 7:14 ​ ​ ​ If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (KJV) Song of Preparation -- Lord Do It for Me Right Now Performed by Donald Malloy Sermon -- It's Complicated Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose 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.

  • 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

  • April 11, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, April 11, 2021 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 new year, 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 -- Pass Me Not ​ Performed by Pastor E.Dewey Smith ​ ​ 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 -- I Corinthians 15:12-22 12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? ​ 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: ​ 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. ​ 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. ​ 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: ​ 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. ​ 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. ​ 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. ​ 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. ​ 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. ​ 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Call Him by His Name Performed by Damien Sneed and 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, Monalisa Olague, Mrs. Barbara Hill, Beola Baker, Greater Cooper AME Zion Church in the passing of Deaconess Virginia Allen , David Williams, Donna Rouse and Family ​ Dear Heavenly Father, ​ It is again Heavenly Father that we approach Thy throne of grace. We come with adoration and thanksgiving for all your blessings and grace towards us. We are not worthy to gather up the crumbs from under your Holy table, yet you feed us and fulfill all our needs. ​ First Church prays your forgiveness for all our sins, individually and collectively, as we all have sinned and fallen short of your word. Dear God, please accept our repentant spirit and grant unto us a better understanding of your will and your way. We want to be better disciples and live out your love through our lives. ​ Now God, some of us are heavy laden today -- death has taken our loved ones and we are sad. Others of us are suffering health issues and financial burdens, but we know that you have all power in your hands and that you will provide our every need. We pray Lord for the desires of our heart and we pray for a stronger determination to serve and follow thee. ​ Now as we approach this coming week, be with us Lord and give us the strength and courage that we need to face this dying world. We thank you Lord for the healing of our land from the horrible reality of the coronavirus pandemic. Open our eyes that we may see that you are the Living God and besides you there is none other. Let this be our testimony as we move forward in our homes, schools, and places of work and recreation. ​ We pray a special prayer for the Pastors of the California Conference and for our Pastor as he continues in Your Word. Give him the strength that he needs to lead your people in the ways of Your word and in the doctrine of Zion. ​ These and many other blessings we pray in Jesus holy and righteous name. Amen. ​ Song of Praise -- Oh How Precious Performed by Kathy Taylor 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 ​ Remember the Leadership Training Institute -- All members are asked to be part of this great teaching ministry. The Church has already paid the registration, so just show up. See you on Zoom, April 23 and 24. An email will be sent to you with the Zoom sign-on information. ​ Helping our Sister Church to reach the Spanish-Speaking Community In our efforts to work as a team, helping each other in ministry, the following posting is from Brother Jose Ayala and the Espiritu Santo ministry. Please share this announcement with your family and friends. Espiritu Santo invites you to our Spanish-speaking bible study. We meet on Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Call us on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at (650) 704-9361 . We meet on Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Call us on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at (650) 704-9361 to be part of this exciting study of God's Word. I hope to hear from you soon. Brother Jose Ayala Espiritu Santo te invita a nuestro estudio bíblico de habla hispana. Nos reunimos los martes y viernes a las 7:00 p.m., y los domingos a las 4:00 p.m. Llámenos el martes, viernes y domingo al (650) 703-9361 para ser parte de este emocionante estudio de la Palabra de Dios. Espero saber de ti pronto. Hermano José Ayala ​ 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 24:6-8 and Acts 11:13-16 ​ ​ 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, ​ 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. ​ 8 And they remembered his words, ​ Acts 11:13-16 ​ 13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; ​ 14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. ​ 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning . 16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Song of Preparation -- God Said It, I Believe It Performed by The Times Square Choir Sermon -- Remember the Words of Jesus Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Today's Scripture: Luke 24:6-8 and Acts 11:13-16 "Remember the Words of Jesus" ​ 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) 688-6690 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.

  • January 24, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, January 24, 2021 The Call to Worship and Invocation ​ O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. ​ Morning Hymn -- Have a Little Talk with Jesus ​ Performed by Pastor Jerome Jackson ​ ​ 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. ​ 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 -- II Corinthians 4:1-6 KJV (3rd Sunday Epiphany Season) 1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the LORD; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- The Angels Keep Watching Over Me Performed by John Alton Boutwell We are praying for you: Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans , Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Greg and Monica Thompson, Tim and Sarah-Ann Pennington, Ronald Rogers, III , Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Garrison, Mrs. Mary Brown and the Brown Family in the loss of her husband, Brother Joseph Brown of Kyles Temple Church, Sacramento, Mrs. Denise Prince and Family in the loss of her husband, Rev. Timothy J. Prince of Frisco, Texas Dear Heavenly Father, ​ It is once more and again that a few of your humble servants gather around this virtual throne to say, "Thank You." We thank you for your continued blessings and gift of life to us. ​ We are thankful for the new leadership in our country and ask that you lead, guide, and protect them in their efforts to serve your people. It is only through your divine guidance that they will be able to help tame the meanness of our government, its divisive structure and its cunning ldemonic representatives. Look into the hearts of all those who serve and give them a spirit of compassion towards all people. ​ Father, are sorry for those sins that we have committed against Thee and ask that you will forgive us. We earnestly pray for those who are sick, those who are living on the margins of life, and those who do not know you in the pardon of their sins. It is our sincere prayer that You will give them the things that they so desperately stand in need, for all healing is in your hands, and the cattle on a thousand hills is yours. We lift up our prayer warrior, Rev. Veronica Buckner and all of your servants that have been called to preach your Word in this time of crisis and woe in the world. ​ Lord, please intervene and hold our Church family together; give us a mind to stand together and serve you. Bless Pastor Rogers as he labors to do Your will and to lead and guide us in accordance with Your Word. We pray and ask these blessings in the matchless, wonderful name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. ​ Song of Praise -- A Change Gonna Come Performed by Brian and Thomas Owens 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 ​ Our next Quarterly Conference is scheduled for Sunday, February 7 at 1:00 p.m. All officers are asked to send their reports to Pastor Rogers no later than Wednesday, February 3. It is imperative that reports are received by that date. ​ 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 4:1 and 22-32 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; ​ 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. ​ 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. ​ 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: ​ 27 Neither give place to the devil. ​ 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. ​ 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. ​ 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. ​ 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: ​ 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. ​ Song of Preparation -- Change Performed by Tramaine Hawkins and Various Performers Sermon -- A Change is Gonna Come 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.

  • January 3, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, January 3, 2021 The Call to Worship and Invocation ​ This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. On this first Sunday of the year 2021, we pray for renewed hope, healing, and love in our land. ​ Morning Hymn -- And Are We Yet Alive 1. And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face? Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace! 2. Preserved by power divine to full salvation here, again in Jesus’ praise we join, and in his sight appear. 3. What troubles have we seen, what mighty conflicts past, fightings without, and fears within, since we assembled last! 4. Yet out of all the Lord hath brought us by his love; and still he doth his help afford, and hides our life above. 5. Then let us make our boast of his redeeming power,which saves us to the uttermost, till we can sin no more. 6. Let us take up the cross till we the crown obtain, and gladly reckon all things loss so we may Jesus gain. Amen. ​ ​ Gloria Patri Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. ​ The Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. ​ ​ Scripture Reading -- Matthew 26:26-36 ​ 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 30 And when they had sung an hymn , they went out into the mount of Olives. 31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. 36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Pray Performed by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir We are praying for you: Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans , Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Greg and Monica Thompson, Tim and Sarah-Ann Pennington Mrs. Mary Brown and the Brown Family in the loss of her husband, Brother Joseph Brown of Kyles Temple Church, Sacramento Dear Heavenly Father, ​ This morning we stand in the need of prayer. We bow in humble submission to Your will for our lives. You are a just and forgiving God and we beg your forgiveness for our sins. We are depending on your Word that you will never leave us or forsake us. Father, we come acknowledging our inability to handle our own issues and that we desperately stand in the need of prayer. Lord, we turn to you because we know that only you can heal our hearts and our land. Father, First Church wants a new touch and stirring up of our commitment to serve you. Show us the way in your Word to stop grumbling and lamenting about things past and how to move forward in a way that is pleasing in your sight. We need you to lead and to guide us. ​ Now Lord, we lift up the names on our prayer list. We ask that you keep your loving arms of protection around them. And, for those who are not on the list, but are seeking privately to have you comfort their minds, we ask that you will fulfill their needs, giving them the desires of their hearts. We ask a pouring out of comfort to Mrs. Mary Brown in the loss of her husband of 60 plus years, Brother Joseph Brown. We pray for comfort and ease for every troubled spirit and mind. ​ As we embark on this New Year, let us move forward in a spirit of love and unity, knowing that we all have a common goal and that is to please, honor, and glorify you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. ​ Song of Praise -- Corinthian Song Performed by Kathy Taylor and Favor Tithes and Offerings "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ." 2nd Chronicles 9:7 Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal and Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 ​ Members are asked to make a sacrificial offering for the upkeep and business of our church. Announcements ​ The Second Check Up Meeting of the California Conference is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2021, via Zoom. All officers amenable to the Conference are asked to give an offering of $100.00. ​ 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 - 1 Samuel 30:6 (King James Version) ​ ​ 6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. ​ Song of Preparation -- Encourage Yourself Performed by Donald Lawrence and The Tri-City Singers Sermon -- Encourage Yourself Click icon for sound Invitation to Christian Discipleship ​ T he door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you need to make a tough decision, now is the time. Without discussion, dialogue or debate, take that step and unite with First AME Zion Church today. Call (408) 688-6980 and First Church will celebrate with you as you make the best decision of your life. ​ Benediction ​ Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the p resence of his glory with exceeding joy; To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. ​ Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., Dr. Maurice Watson, Pastor

  • April 25, 2021a | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, April 25, 2021 Morning Hymn -- ​ Performed by Alfred Street Baptist Church ​ ​ Gloria Patri ​ Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. ​ The Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. ​ ​ Scripture Reading -- 1 John 5: 1-5, 11 ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Call Him by His Name Performed by The Voices of Evergreen, Oakland, Mrs. Mary Bolden, Soloist ​ 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, Monalisa Olague, Mrs. Barbara Hill, Beola Baker, J. Johnson, David Williams, Donna Rouse and Family, and Greater Cooper AME Zion Church in the passing of members Deaconess Virginia Allen, Albert Reginald Andrews, Jr., and Jamescea Jackson. ​ Dear Heavenly Father, ​ Amen. Song of Praise -- I Am Still Here Performed by the Brotherhood Chorale Apostolic Church of God 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 ​ Remember the Leadership Training Institute -- All members are asked to be part of this great teaching ministry. The Church has already paid the registration, so just show up. See you on Zoom, April 23 and 24. An email will be sent to you with the Zoom sign-on information. ​ Helping our Sister Church to reach the Spanish-Speaking Community In our efforts to work as a team, helping each other in ministry, the following posting is from Brother Jose Ayala and the Espiritu Santo ministry. Please share this announcement with your family and friends. Espiritu Santo invites you to our Spanish-speaking bible study. We meet on Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Call us on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at (650) 704-9361 . We meet on Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Call us on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at (650) 704-9361 to be part of this exciting study of God's Word. I hope to hear from you soon. Brother Jose Ayala Espiritu Santo te invita a nuestro estudio bíblico de habla hispana. Nos reunimos los martes y viernes a las 7:00 p.m., y los domingos a las 4:00 p.m. Llámenos el martes, viernes y domingo al (650) 703-9361 para ser parte de este emocionante estudio de la Palabra de Dios. Espero saber de ti pronto. Hermano José Ayala ​ 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 -- Mark 4:38 ​ 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? (KJV) ​ 38 Jesus was asleep at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. Frantically they wakened him, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are all about to drown?” (TLB) ​ Song of Preparation -- Peace Be Still Performed by Jessy Dixon Sermon -- When Jesus is Asleep Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Today's Scripture: Mark 4:38 "When Jesus is Asleep" ​ 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) 688-6690 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.

  • June 7, 2020 | Mysite 1

    Shelter in Place Worship Guide Sunday, June 7, 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 -- Blessed Quietness Performed by West Angeles Church of God in Christ 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 -- Pray Until Something Happens Performed by Dottie Peoples 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 George Floyd, Meechie Williams and Family Dear Heavenly Father, We come before you with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts for this beautiful day. 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 lead and guide us as a church family as we move through the many obstacles that life presents. We are so grateful for mercy and kindness. In spite of our unworthiness, You have seen fit to let us live to see this precious day. We come again pleading for this land. We are troubled by the sin of senseless killings and plagued by the coronavirus. We seek Your face ask that You hear our prayer and heal our land. We are confident that you will Shepherd us in the days ahead. Lord, as we continue another month 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 - 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 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 - Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they were straying away from the right path which the gospel lay down, I said to Peter in front of them all, ‘If you who are a born Jew choose to live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, why are you forcing the Gentiles to live like Jews.” (Daily Study Bible) Song of Preparation -- Order My Steps Performed by House of Hope, Women of Hope Choir Sermon Pastor Rogers - If You Talk the Talk, You Must Walk the Walk Click Music 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. Please celebrate our virtual Communion be clicking the Communion button below. COMMUNION

  • Resurrection Sunday 2021 | Mysite 1

    RESURRECTION SUNDAY April 4, 2021 ​ Processional Hymn - Because He Lives 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 -- Worthy is the Lamb Performed by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Responsive Reading - Acts 13-26-33 ​ 26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. ​ 27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. ​ 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. ​ 29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. ​ 30 But God raised him from the dead: ​ 31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. ​ 32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, ​ 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. ​ Gloria Patri Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen. 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, Monalisa Olague, Mrs. Barbara Hill, Anthony Brown, Clarissa Moore, Beola Baker, Rolanda Rogers ​ ​ ​ Performed by Rev. Richard (Mr. Clean) White Song of Praise -- He Lives 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 ​ Helping our Sister Church to reach the Spanish-Speaking Community ​ In our efforts to work as a team, helping each other in ministry, the following posting is from Brother Jose Ayala and the Espiritu Santo ministry. Please share this announcement with your family and friends. Espiritu Santo invites you to our Spanish-speaking bible study. We meet on Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Call us on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at (650) 704-9361 . We meet on Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Call us on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday at (650) 704-9361 to be part of this exciting study of God's Word. I hope to hear from you soon. Brother Jose Ayala Espiritu Santo te invita a nuestro estudio bíblico de habla hispana. Nos reunimos los martes y viernes a las 7:00 p.m., y los domingos a las 4:00 p.m. Llámenos el martes, viernes y domingo al (650) 703-9361 para ser parte de este emocionante estudio de la Palabra de Dios. Espero saber de ti pronto. Hermano José Ayala ​ Please check your text messages and email for further updates on the events and news about the schedule for all local AMEZ services. In accordance with the directives of the Board of Bishops, our on-site services are suspended until further notice. This includes Bible Study and choir rehearsals. Our next on-site service to be announced. The Sermonic Scripture -- ​ Matthew 28:8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. ​ 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 -- Matthew 28 Performed by Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers Sermon -- Joy in the Morning Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Joy in the Morning Matthew 28:8 and Psalm 30:5 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.

  • January 17, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, January 17, 2021 The Call to Worship and Invocation ​ This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. Amen. ​ Morning Hymn -- Yield Not to Temptation ​ Performed by Bishop David L. Ellis ​ ​ 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. ​ 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 3:2:11-18 KJV (2nd Sunday Epiphany Season) 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; ​ 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: ​ 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. ​ 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; ​ 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; ​ 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: ​ 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. ​ 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Sweet Holy Spirit Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith We are praying for you: Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans , Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Greg and Monica Thompson, Tim and Sarah-Ann Pennington, Ronald Rogers, III , Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Garrison, Mrs. Mary Brown and the Brown Family in the loss of her husband, Brother Joseph Brown of Kyles Temple Church, Sacramento, Mrs. Denise Prince and Family in the loss of her husband, Rev. Timothy J. Prince of Frisco, Texas Dear Heavenly Father, ​ You are our light and our Salvation. Besides You, there is no one to turn to. So, we come today Father to say thank you for loving us and caring for us. Father, we pray that you will forgiver our sins and transgressions. We pray that You will have mercy and grant us another chance to live within your Word. Father, we adore You. We love You and magnify Your Holy Name. There are many among us who are sick -- both physically and mentally. We are torn because of the evil and unrest in our society. It is our sincere prayer that You will hear us and heal this land. We pray a special blessing on the bereaved families, that You will be with them as they face the future without their loved ones. We lift up Rev. Veronica Buckner, Your humble servant, who has been hospitalized but is now at home recuperating. Lord, as she has been a prayer warrior for us, let us know stand in the gap for her. ​ We praise and thank You for the life o Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a mere human man whose life You used to force people to fight for civil liberty and justice for all. Thank You Lord for this example of humility and greatness that you have given to each of us by Your divine mercy. ​ Lord, please intervene and hold our Church family together; give us a mind to stand together and serve you. Bless Pastor Rogers as he labors to do Your will and to lead and guide us in accordance with Your Word. We pray and ask these blessings in the matchless, wonderful name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. ​ A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- We Shall Overcome Performed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performed by The Morehouse College 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 ​ Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Zoom Check-Up Meeting. All First Church Officers are asked to attend. Zoom info will be sent to members later. ​ 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 - Philippians 1:27(a) "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ."(KJV) ​ "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." (NIV) ​ ​ Song of Preparation -- I Know the Lord Will Make a Way Performed by Pastor. Quinnzhahn Barnes Sermon -- How Are You Acting? ​ 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.

  • 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.

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