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  • No good don't use | Mysite 1

    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

  • June 13, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Communion Sunday, June 13, 2021 I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. On Saturday, June 12, Rev. Nailah S.D. Hubbard was appointed as the Pastor of First AME Zion Church San Jose. Please join me in prayer for Pastor Hubbard as she comes to lead this congregation. Ronald L. Rogers, Presiding Elder ​ The Call to Worship and Invocation ​ Morning Hymn -- ​ ​ 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 -- ​ ​ 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, Mrs. Barbara Hill Song of Praise -- 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 ​ FIRST CHURCH RE-OPENING Mark Your Calendar - The Board of Trustees is in the process of planning to re-open our Church for on-site services starting on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Please keep our officers in prayer and be sure to tell all of your friends and family that we are anxious to see them on June 27. ​ The Sermonic Scripture - ​ Song of Preparation -- Sermon -- 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. Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor Scripture: Ezekiel 3:15 Where Are You Sitting? ​

  • November 8, 2020 | Mysite 1

    ​ FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SUNDAY, November 8, 2020 This week's Virtual Worship will be via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. Please join us in our Zoom service. ​ ​ Time: Nov 8, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89879231751?pwd=SG02MXViNXhVZldrREtrUStBOW1kZz09 Meeting ID: 898 7923 1751 Passcode: 362044 ​ One tap mobile +16699006833,,89879231751#,,,,,,0#,,362044# US (San Jose) +13462487799,,89879231751#,,,,,,0#,,362044# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 898 7923 1751 Passcode: 362044 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keuH4gYRu3 ​ ​ Please remember that our Quarterly Conference is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. via Zoom on today on the Zoom site, immediately following our service. ​ 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. ​ On next Sunday our service will be a Zoom service at 2:00 p.m., as we celebrate with Pastor Rogers his 56th year anniversary in the preaching ministry. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

  • January 10, 2021 | Mysite 1

    First AME Zion Church Virtual Worship Sunday, January 10, 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 -- Ephesians 3:1-12 NIV (1 st Sunday Epiphany Season) ​ 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— ​ 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, ​ 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. ​ 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, ​ 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. ​ 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. ​ 7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. ​ 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, ​ 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. ​ 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, ​ 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. ​ Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- Pray for Me Performed by The Late Pastor Rance Allen 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, ​ We kneel before you today, asking for your forgiveness of our sins and transgressions. The thank you for the opportunity to assemble once again to give thanks and praise unto your Name. Heavenly Father, we do not consider ourselves worthy to gather the crumbs from under Thy holy table, yet you have had mercy upon us and granted us favor in Thy sight. Today we pray for those on our prayer list and plead that you will cover and protect those who are sick and be a comfort to those who have lost loved ones. We know that Your comfort will sustain them and minister to their brokeness in this hour of grief. First Church needs you, Lord. We need your guidance and your direction. Teach us oh Lord how to praise and worship you in the spirit of oneness and give us a renewed spirit for serving you. As we go forward in the week ahead, do not let us faulter, be our buckler and shield. Bind our hearts together with your love that we may stand as a church united to fulfill our mission to reach souls for Christ. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen. ​ Song of Praise -- Thank You Lord Performed by Bishop Paul Morton and Mary Mary 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 mark your calendar for Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Zoom Check-Up Meeting. All First Church Officers are asked to attend. ​ 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 - Ezekiel 37:1-5 ​ 1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, ​ 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. ​ 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. ​ 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. ​ 5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: ​ (King James Version) Song of Preparation -- Oh to be Kept by Jesus Performed by Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston TX - Dr. Marcus Cosby, Pastor Sermon -- A Message for the Hopeless ​ Click icon for sound Invitation to Christian Discipleship ​ T he door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you need to make a tough decision, now is the time. Without discussion, dialogue or debate, take that step and unite with First AME Zion Church today. Call (408) 688-6980 and First Church will celebrate with you as you make the best decision of your life. ​ Benediction ​ Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the p resence of his glory with exceeding joy; To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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    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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