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  • 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.

  • September 13, 2020 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, September 13, 2020 The Call to Worship and Invocation Welcome, friends, to this holy day.We come to offer thanks; we come to sing and pray. Welcome, friends, to this time set apart, a time to remember those we love, and time to remember the holy promises of God. Welcome, friends, to this table of remembrance and joy, The table where we are fed, the feast we share with many. Welcome, friends, and let us worship God. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Morning Hymn -- Pass Me Not P erformed by Bishop David L. Ellis ​ Scripture Reading -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. Gloria Patri Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen. Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Is Your All on the Altar Performed by Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson We are praying for you: Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans , Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Betty Jo Smith, the Family of Ernest Woodard Loving and Gracious God, Father, we thank You for the restoration of our past glory in Jesus name. Father we have fallen short of your Word, and we pray for Your forgiveness and for the all-round restoration in our lives through this prayer. We are ashamed and command that all evil unknown forces organized against our lives to be scattered. We bind the spirit of stagnation, frustration and disillusionment in our lives. We lean and depend on You to open doors and let the light of Your Spirit shine through us. ​ Father, please have mercy on those who are suffering in these days of the pandemic; bless and keep those who have been stricken by the disease and strengthen their families, friends, and caretakers. We pray for Tracy and Rev. Vincent Parker and other bereaved members of the family of Ernest Woodard. ​ As we face the next second, the next, minute, the next hour, the next day -- we pray that your Loving Hand will protect us. It is only the hedge that you keep around us that protects us from this world's ills and we magnify and glorify Your Precious Name. Thank You, God for every blessing. In Jesus Name we pray this prayer. Amen. ​ Song of Praise - I Got A New Name Performed by Greg Thomas and the Times Square Church Choir Tithes and Offerings "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ." 2nd Chronicles 9:7 Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal and Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 Announcements Bishop Geroge D. Crenshaw will visit First Church on September 22. More details to follow. Please check your text messages and email for further updates on the events and news about the schedule for all local AMEZ services. In accordance with the directives of the Board of Bishops our on-site services are suspended until further notice. This includes Bible Study and choir rehearsals. Our next on-site service to be announced. The Sermonic Scripture - Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Song of Preparation -- God Specializes Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith Sermon -- Making Crooked People Straight Pastor Rogers Click icon for sound INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP - Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you wish to unite with our Church, please call (408) 688-6980. Let the Church Say Amen - Performed by the Winans

  • March 14, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, March14, 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 -- I Am Thine, O Lord ​ Performed by Jason Walker ​ ​ Gloria Patri ​ Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. ​ The Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. ​ ​ Scripture Reading -- Romans 6:15-23 (4th Sunday in Lent) 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. ​ 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? ​ 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. ​ 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. ​ 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. ​ 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. ​ 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. ​ 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. ​ 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Bless Me Indeed 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, Monalisa Olague, and Mrs. Frances Miller-Rogers in the passing of her brother-in-law, Tim Pennington and her sister, Sarah Ann Pennington. ​ 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. ​ These and many other blessings we pray in Jesus holy and righteous name. Amen. ​ Song of Praise -- Blessed Assurance ​ Performed by Shirley Caesar WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH -- 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 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY -- MARCH 28, 2021 ​ HOLY WEEK -- March 28 - APRIL 3 ​ 3rd CHECK-UP MEETING -- March 25, 2021 ​ 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 2:52 ​ And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man. (KJV) ​ Song of Preparation -- I Decided to Make Jesus My Choice Performed by Timiney Figueroa-Caton and Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, GMWA Youth and Young Adult Service Sermon -- 4-D Vision Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Today's Scripture -- Luke 2:52 "4-D Vision" ​ 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.

  • November 15, 2020 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY, November 15, 2020 ​ The Call to Worship and Invocation O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Dear Lord, I pray that you will make me an instrument of Your peace. ​ Song of the Morning – My Hope is Built Scripture Reading -- Jude 1:17-21; 24-25 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. 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. ​ 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 – Lord Keep Me Day by Day ​ ​ We are praying for you. Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Dwaine Giggans, Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Betty Jo Smith, Bishop and Episcopal Supervisor, George D. Crenshaw and family, Bettie Gill and family, Mattye Cridell and family, Reverends Jawwad and Tammi Love and families, and Rev. Kaloma Smith and family, in the passing of their loved ones. ​ Most Gracious Father, ​ We come before your presence with thanksgiving in our hearts for today. We bless and praise your name for all the great things that you have done. We thank you dear Lord for always making a way for us. In our hours of despair and doubt, your Holy Word comforts us. Father we pray for the many bereaved families, please speak to their loneliness and loss. ​ We pray for forgiveness of our sins and trespasses against you. Our intention is to lead a new life, a good life, worthy of you. In the areas where we are weak, please give us strength; where we are ignorant, please endow us with knowledge; where we are torn down, God, please build us up. ​ Help First Church as we go through this trying time of coronavirus and attack of ill-doings against our church and others. Bind our hearts and minds together in harmony so that we may stand against the devil as one body of believers in you. As we move forward in this day, bless Pastor Rogers as he is honored for his 56 years of service in the preaching ministry. Give us the wisdom to be thankful for this man of God and keep him in our prayers for safety and protection daily. ​ These and other bountiful blessings we pray and ask in the name of Jesus. Amen. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Song of Praise -- He Made A Way for Me ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 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 – Today at 2:00 p.m., a special Zoom service will be held in celebration of Pastor Rogers' 56th year in the preaching ministry. Go to Zoom and sign on -- enter ID 893 5504 3567, Password: Rogers​ ​ Everyone attending is asked to join the meeting using the "Join with Video" setting. This will greatly enhance the service as we don't want to have "black" screens. ​ 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 - John 6:66-68 ​ 66From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. ​ 67Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? ​ 68Then Simon Peter answered him, LORD, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. ​ ​ ​ Song of Preparation - I Go to the Rock Sermon -- To Whom Shall We Go Pastor Rogers ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ You are invited to help us celebrate Pastor Rogers' 56th Year in the preaching ministry today at 2:00 p.m. Zoom in to the service and sign on -- enter ID 893 5504 3567, Password: Rogers​ Performed by Mt. Zion Fellowship Choir Invitation – Decision Time Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you wish to unite with our Church, please call (408) 688-6980. Click Icon for sound. Performed by Albertina Walker Performed by Walter Hawkins and The Love Center Choir Performed by The Georgia Mass Choir and Sherwood Baptist Church Choir

  • October 18, 2020 | Mysite 1

    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 ​ The Call to Worship and Invocation Bless the Lord, O my soul. This the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Come Heavenly Father and be with us that we may give You praise and glory. Let us be filled with Your Love that We have come into this virtual place of worship and gathered in His name to worship Him. This is the day that the Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. ​ Heavenly Father, please receive us today, empty pitchers to be filled with Your Holy Spirit. Give us the love for one another that we so desperately need to face this world of hate and deceit. Reveal unto us Your perfect will and grant us Thy peace. Morning Hymn – Bless the Lord O My Soul Scripture Reading -- II Timothy 2:1-13 (KJV) ​ ​ ​ Gloria Patri Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen. ​ Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of Sins, the Resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer – I am Redeemed 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, and Joe and Mary Brown, Kyles Temple AMEZ, Sacramento ​ Father God, we approach your throne of grace with praise and thanksgiving. We pray that you will forgive our sins and transgressions. We pray that you will sanctify us -- our thoughts, our words, and our deeds. Father, we want to be more like You and it is our earnest plea that You lead and guide us while on this Christian journey. ​ Dear God we bring before You those who are less fortunate and those who are lost and outside of Your arc of safety. We ask that you bless our homes, touch our loved ones, and keep our children safe from the hurt, harm, and danger that awaits them in the streets of our cities. Father, please be with those who are fighting breast cancer, letting them know that You are with them. We recognize that we are powerless against the wiles of the devil, but that You have all power in Your hands. We pray to resist the devil that he may flee from us and to be not deceived by the vain riches of this world. Bless our Church family dear God, and restore to us the peace that comes when those who are called by Your name are praying and standing on one accord. Help us to leave what is past in Your hands and to move forward with the confidence and knowledge and You will take care of us and never abandon your children. It is in Your precious name that we pray. Amen. Song of Praise - He's My Everything ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 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 Today is Lay Council Day in the AME Zion Church. The first Connectional Laymen’s Organization was established by the action of the General Conference in 1916. However, because of the lack of interest and the needed support, the organization became dormant until its rebirth in 1948. After much research, work, and study of the Lay movement in other religious organizations by a concerned group of lay and clergy members, a Resolution which resulted in the rebirth of the organization was developed and submitted at the thirty-third Quadrennial session of the General Conference at Louisville, Kentucky on May 20, 1948. The Connectional Laymen’s Council was then, in fact, reborn. Go to www.https ://connectionallaycouncil.org/about-us/ to read more about our Lay Council. ​ ​ A Message from our Voter Registration/Project 100 Coordinator, Susan Rigmaiden ​ Every member of First Church is encouraged to vote and to spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors about the importance of casting your ballot. This site will allow you to track your ballot as to when you will receive it, all the way until when it's processed. Go to https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot ​ Thank you to Sylvia Stokes who is also keeping First Church abreast of voting facts. Here's information provided by Sylvia that will help us stay on target for this election. Remember, vote as if your life depends on it. ​ All registered voters in California will receive a ballot by mail. However, in-person voting locations will be available to voters. Polling locations may be found online by visiting the Secretary of State's My Voter Status tool . Vote early! ​ California voters can vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs is now and continues to Monday, November 2, 2020. These dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Early voting and vote-by-mail ballot drop off locations may be found on the Secretary of State's Early Voting website . What to bring If you've voted in California before, you don't need to show ID. If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't include your driver's license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you may be asked to provide ID when you vote. Acceptable forms include: copy of a recent utility bill, the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency, a US passport, driver license, official state identification card, or student identification card showing your name and photograph. Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. ​ 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 of the AME Zion Church, 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 - Acts 5:12-16 ​ 12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. 13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. 14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) 15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. ​ Song of Preparation - Let the Church be the Church ​ ​ Sermon -- The Community Church Pastor Rogers ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Performed by The Times Square Choir Performed by Jesse Dixon Performed The Fellowship Baptist Church Reunion Choir Invitation – Decision Time Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you wish to unite with our Church, please call (408) 688-6980. Click Icon for sound. Performed by Marvin Winans Performed by First United Tabernacle International Ministries Click Icon for sound Click Icon for sound.

  • June 21, 2020 | Mysite 1

    SHELTER-IN-PLACE WORSHIP GUIDE SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2020 We are glad that you have come to worship with us today. This is a very special day and we wish all of the fathers, a very happy Father's Day. The Call to Worship and Invocation Come, sing praises to God! Rejoice in his presence! For he is our God: a Father to the fatherless, and the defender of all who need protection; the One in whom the lonely find a home, and the prisoner finds release. Bless the Lord, the God of our salvation, who sustains and strengthens us. Morning Song – Completely Yes Scripture Reading (Luke 11:1-13) And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. 5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Gloria Patri Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen. Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic* Church, the Communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of Sins, the Resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer – He Won't Put More On You Than You Can Bear 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, Presiding Elder Rogers Heavenly Father, We bow before you with a contrite spirit as we approach Your throne of grace. We acknowledge our sins against You and pray Your forgiveness. We love You Lord and are grateful for Your presence in our lives. As we continue to face this travesty of disease in our land and the blatant racism, we pray that you will hear our prayer, O Lord. Incline Thine ear to us and grant us Thy peace. Please calm our fears and doubts. Father, we pray for our families and friends and for all those who are sick and suffering through the Coronavirus. We know that you are a physician and that you can deliver us, and we claim the victory in your precious Name. We pray for the fathers in our congregation and for fathers all over the world. We pray that they will have the strength and direction that they need in today's transitory world. We pray Your protection over them. Please bless First AME Zion Church, our members and leaders as they stand as a witness for You in this time when some unbelievers see no hope. We pray special blessings for our Pastor and Presiding Elder, Rogers that he will remain steadfast and unmovable as he serves you. Amen. Song of Praise - It's All 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 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 Sermonic Scripture Reading - Proverbs 17:6 6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. (King James Version) Song of Preparation - How Excellent Sermon - Pastor Rogers The Awesomeness of Fatherhood 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 The Church Without Walls Male Chorus Click music icon for sound Invitation to Discipleship The door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you 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. ​ Performed by The Soul Seekers with Marvin Winans Performed by First Baptist Church of Glenarden Male Chorus Performed by Concord Baptist Church Youth Choir, Dallas Performed by Jessy Dixon Click icon for sound

  • March 21, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, March 21, 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 -- Lord I Want To Be A Christian ​ Performed by UPH (Universitas Pelita Harpan Concert Choir ​ ​ Gloria Patri ​ Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. ​ The Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. ​ ​ Scripture Reading -- Hebrews 9:11-14 Passion Sunday (5th Sunday in Lent) ​ 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; ​ 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. ​ 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: ​ 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Have A Little Talk With Jesus Performed by Pastor Jackson ​ 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, Joyce Cremer and Frances Miller-Rogers in the passing of their brother-in-law, Tim Pennington and their sister, Sarah Ann Penningon of Temple, Texas. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Pastor Mark Henton Song of Praise -- Make Sure You Tell The Lord Thank You ​ Performed by Chicago Mass Choir PASTOR'S WIFE APPRECIATION MONTH -- A Note from Pastor Rogers: First Church, Please join me in expressing appreciation to our First Lady of the Church and of the Bay Cities District, Frances Miller-Rogers. 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 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY -- MARCH 28, 2021 ​ 3rd CHECK-UP MEETING -- March 25, 2021 - Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Check your email for details. HOLY WEEK -- March 28 - APRIL 3 ​ 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 -- Philippians 2:9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name.” (KJV) ​ Song of Preparation -- Keep the Faith Performed by Joyous Celebration ​ Sermon -- Surviving In A Competitive World Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Today's Scripture -- Phillipians 2:9 Surviving in A Competitive World ​ Click icon for sound Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor First AME Zion Church San Jose Today's Scripture -- Luke 2:52 "4-D Vision" ​ 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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    FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY , AUGUST 30, 2020 ​ C all to Worship and Invocation ​ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the earth be silent before him. ​ Song of Inspiration – Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross ​ ​ ​ Gloria Patri Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. ​ The Apostles' Creed I ​ believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. ​ Scripture Reading (Philippians 4:4-9; 19-20) ​ 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ​ ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer – Oh to Be Kept by Jesus ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ We are praying for you, Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans , Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Brother Daniel, Ernest Woodard, and Mrs.Georgette Gale and Family, Mrs. Kathi Pinkard and Family, and the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland, in the passing of Bishop Frank Pinkard; Bishops George D. Crenshaw and Staccato Powell, and Presiding Elder Rogers ​ Most Gracious Father, God of all goodness and grace, we come before you with praise and adoration. We beg your forgiveness for our sins and transgressions. Our prayer is that you will be patient with us as we struggle to understand the world crisis that is upon us. We know that you have all power in your hands and are standing on your promise to always be with us. ​ Many have been lost due to the pandemic, yet you have spared us and countless numbers more and for that mercy we are thankful. Now Lord we pray for those who are lost in this world of sin. And, Father, we pray for those who are physically and mentally ill. We ask that you will ease their pain and console their minds. As we face another week of uncertainty, we are certain of the fact that you are God alone and besides you, there is none other. So, we lift up your name, and thank you for blessing us. ​ In Jesus Name we pray. Amen. ​ Song of Praise - He's My Everything ​ Tithes and Offerings "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ." 2nd Chronicles 9:7 ​ Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab. You may give via credit cards, PayPal Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone). If you prefer, mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116 ​ ​ Announcements ​ Today is ________________ Recognition Sunday. Sister Aletha Johnson has prepared a video presentation in honor of those First Church members who dedicated their service to our Church. Please join in giving a big "THANK YOU" to Sister Johnson and her "team" for a job well done. The Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church has announced the assignment of Bishop George D. Crenshaw as Presiding Bishop of the Western Episcopal District. Welcome, Bishop Crenshaw to California and the First AME Zion Church, San Jose. Bishop Crenshaw will visit the California Conference in mid-September. More details will follow. ​ Sermonic Scripture Reading - Colossians 3:1-2 ​ Colossians 3:1-2 ​ 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (King James Version) 1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. (New Living Translation) ​ ​ ​ ​​ ​ ​ Song of Preparation - Higher Ground Performed by Bishop Leonard Scott Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith Performed by Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, TX Performed by the Fellowship Baptist Church, Chicago ​ Sermon - Higher Ground Pastor Rogers Click icon for sound Invitation to Christian Discipleship ​ T he door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you need to make a tough decision, now is the time. Without discussion, dialogue or debate, take that step and unite with First AME Zion Church today. Call (408) 688-6980 and First Church will celebrate with you as you make the best decision of your life. ​ Benediction Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the p resence of his glory with exceeding joy; To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. ​ ​ Performed by Jessy Dixon

  • VIRTUAL WORSHIP | Mysite 1

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

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    Read More History The building formerly located at Fourth and San Antonio Streets was paid for in 1883 as Deeds and Articles of Incorporation are dated September 6, 1883. In California, during that period, deeds were not grated unless the property was free and clear. The Deeds and Articles of Incorporation were signed by Henry Venable, William H. Davis, and George Caples, John Madden, Howard Franklin and the Rev. William H. Mitchell. Mr. Madden had donated the land on which the church was built. The congregation worshipped at Fourth and San Antonio Streets for more than 90 years in a structure that had been shipped from Sacramento by both water and land for the Black citizens of San Jose. During the ninety years the First A.M.E. Zion Church of San Jose had served for Freedom Fighters with the same purposes the Mother Church had served for Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas in years past. The local Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) and the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) were both organized in the basement of this historic church. In 1917, the building and lot was willed to the Church by the late Mr. and Mrs. John Madden. Two rooms were added to the building and served as the dining room and kitchen. The membership grew along with the Black population in San Jose. Additional space was planned. In 1918 the structure was completed, and the cornerstone was laid on May 12, 1918. (This cornerstone was destroyed in the re-establishing of a new church home) The church had a mortgage burning ceremony on February 21, 1940. The church celebrated its 75th Anniversary during this period. The pastor at that time was Rev. Albert Williams. The Trustees, while under the leadership of Rev. Harold Sheppard, purchased an apartment complex located at 940 Spring Street. The apartments were refurbished with a mortgage on the church. This mortgage was paid off in 1968 under the pastorate of Rev. Jesse Selby. Mortgage burning services were held on March 16, 1968. Rev. Archibald Thomas was pastor until 1966. He retired after serving more than 50 years as a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Connection. In 1969 the congregation was forced to abandon the historic location at 4th and San Antonio Street as a result of the San Jose Urban Renewal Project. Rev. Selby was the dedicated pastor during this period. The Christian spirit of the larger San Jose community was exemplified in the decision of the United Methodist Church to permit this (displaced) congregation to worship in its small chapel on 5th and Santa Clara Streets. This arrangement lasted from mid-1969 until Easter Sunday, 1972. On Easter Sunday morning of that year the pastor Rev. James A. Davis, the congregation and a host of friends marched down Santa Clara Street to their new home, and present facility; 95 South 20th Street, situated on the corner of 20th and San Fernando Street. During the three-year period preceding the purchase of the new church home, the officers of the church struggled to finalize the plans for building a new edifice on the property the church purchased at King Road and Ocala Street. The availability of a church building owned by Gospel Temple was brought to the attention of the officers by Mrs. Edna Harris. Negotiations to purchase this building were initiated with $28,000 in the Building Fund and the commitment of $10,000 in financial pledges by members of the Trustee Board and others. This allowed the final mortgage to be acceptable by the bank for the purchase price of $140,000. Those individuals who signed the note and gave money included Mrs. Ivy Davis, Mr. Charles Brown, Mr. Charles Rigmaiden, Mr. Aaron Harris, Mr. Forrest Williams, Mr. Walter Threadgill, Mrs. Bertha Ellington, Mr. Oliver Phewchay, Mr. Parker Taylor, and Mrs. Gladys Wade. These members acted in the same spirit as did the founders of First A.M.E. Zion Church. The first services in the new church home were held on Easter Sunday, 1972 with the Reverends James A. Davis and John W. Davis presiding. On the 13th day of November 1983, another milestone was reached as Rev. Frederick Hubbard, members and friends celebrated the mortgage burning of indebtedness. The Steward Board at this time was Sister Elizabeth H. Leak (Preachers Steward), Sister Meredith Sheriff, and Brother Matthew Vidrine. The Trustees were Forrest Williams, Lonnie Leak, Willard Whitaker, Marion “Chuck” Amaker, and Sister Patricia Macklin. In 1995, the Young Adult Missionary Society established a library in the memory of Brother Charles Brown, an Honorary Trustee. The library was dedicated by the Presiding Prelate, Bishop Clarence Carr assisted by the Pastor, Rev. Michael Henderson. Rev. Michael Henderson brought a renewed focus to evangelism, the food ministry, and providing necessities and gifts to the local community. First AME Zion, San Jose displays out pouring of un-selfish love to help in the vineyard of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. In 1996, Brother Sam Williams donated a van for the transportation of needy members. During 2002, the family of Mrs. Mildred Crawford (at her request) arranged for the installation of pews in the upstairs chapel. These pews were refinished by Brothers Lonnie Leak and Nygel Leak. Memorial plaques have been procured and installed. The pews were dedicated by Bishop Carr and assisted by Rev. Michael Henderson. During 2003 a major renovation of the church parsonage was completed by the Trustees. This project was organized and led by the late Brother James S. Wilmore, with the capable participation from Dr. Forrest Williams, Trustee Chairman; and Brothers Barry Stokes, William “Bill” Melson, Dean Fambro, Terry Hunter, Wayne Taylor, and Rev. Henderson. During the decade 2004 – 2014, the Church focused on extending our community outreach and partnered with many community groups through our community outreach program, sharing our facilities to accommodate their services to the San Jose community. Some of the outreach programs included: Sunday Morning Breakfast for the homeless Twice-weekly drug rehabilitation meetings Weekly Bible studies for county social service clients Academic Tutoring & IT Skills Development Establishment of the African American Journey Exhibit Community service-based meetings ​ In 2017, First Church's deeds of trust were compromised, and a great deal of unrest fell within the congregation. In 2019, a deadly virus called COVID-19 hit the nation and over 500,000 lives were lost, causing our physical church to be closed for over one year. Praise be to God that no one from First Church died from that dread disease. Many people, however, were unable to work and contributions to churches suffered. Recognizing the Church's inability to meet its financial obligations to him, Pastor Rogers gifted the Church funds owed him as a means of helping First Church to start afresh in the new 2021-2022 Conference Year. During the many months of COVID restriction, First Church continued its Sunday worship online via the Church's website. ​ In May 2019, Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Rogers was called to pastor First Church. With the leadership of our former pastors, the oversight of the late Dr. E. Eugene Parker, Presiding Elder of the Bay Cities District; supervision of Bishop Staccato Powell, continued leadership of Bishop George D. Crenshaw, Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District, and under the watchful eye of Pastor Rogers, First Church continued to sustain. Upon Dr. Rogers' desire to focus on his duties as Presiding Elder of the Bay Cities District and his request not to be re-appointed to the pastorate, Bishop Crenshaw graciously accepted his request and on June 12, 2021, Bishop appointed Rev. Nailah S.D. Hubbard as Pastor of First Church. On that same day, the California Conference and First Church was challenged to move forward with the admonition from Bishop Crenshaw to be "unified, dignified, and sanctified." May the history of the past continue to sustain us through the promise of the unknown future. Today First Church San Jose continues in the tradition of the Mother Church in the fight for the dignity, emancipation, and rights of all people and is committed to "Making History in the 21st Century." The Right Reverend George D. Crenshaw Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District

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