First AME Zion Church
Virtual Worship
Sunday, April 25, 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 -- Take The Lord With You Everywhere You Go

Performed by Russ Thomas, 5th Avenue

Church of Christ, New York

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 6:3-11

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Altar Call/Pastoral Prayer -- I Know the Lord Will

Make a Way

Performed by  Bishop Gilbert E. 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, Monalisa Olague, Mrs. Barbara Hill, Beola Baker, J. Johnson,  David Williams, Donna Rouse and Family, and Greater Cooper AME Zion Church in the passing of members Deaconess Virginia Allen, Albert Reginald Andrews, Jr., and Jamescea Jackson.  

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for another week of life and blessings.  Thank you for your marvelous grace and mercy.  Thank you for seeing fit to grant us another day.  Thank you, Father.  Please accept our  humble plea for forgiveness of our sins against you. We approach your throne with a contrite spirit and a sorrowful heart for our shortcomings. 

 

Master, we adore you and bless your name.  We know that greater is your faithfulness toward us, even in this time of pandemic and utter world confusion. We pray for strength that we may hold up the blood-stained banner and be living testimonies of your presence in our lives. 

 

Now Father we pray for those whose names are on our payer list.  We lift them up to you.  You know what they stand in need of and we are confident that you will supply their every need.  Bless Pastor Rogers as he continues to lead us through our trying times.

  

We praise you, we bless you, and we thank you for being our shelter in these stormy days.  Amen.

Song of Praise --  Jesus Will Fix It

Performed by Lee Williams

and the Gospel Legends

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

Don't forget -- 4th Quarterly Conference scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Sunday May 2, 2021.  Zoom information will be forwarded to members.

 

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.

 

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 -- Nehemiah 2:1-3

1-2 One day in April, four months later, as I was serving the king his wine he asked me, “Why so sad? You aren’t sick, are you? You look like a man with deep troubles.” (For until then I had always been cheerful when I was with him.) I was badly frightened,

3 but I replied, “Sir, why shouldn’t I be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been burned down.” (TLB)

Song of Preparation --  The Potter's House

Performed by Tramaine Hawkins and The

Church Without Walls Choir, Houston TX

Sermon --  Picking Up The Pieces

Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor

First AME Zion Church San Jose

Today's Scripture - Nehemiah 2:1-3

"Picking Up The Pieces"

Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor

First AMEZ Church, San Jose

"Picking Up the Pieces"

Nehemiah 2:1-3

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 Invitation to Christian 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) 688-6690 and First Church will celebrate with you as you make the best decision of your life.

Benediction

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the 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.