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Call to Worship and Invocation

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the earth be silent before him.



Song of Inspiration I Will Trust in the Lord







Gloria Patri 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed


I ​ believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; 


The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of  God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen.


Scripture Reading (Ephesians 3:13-21)

13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 

18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 

19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Altar Call/Pastoral PrayerWhat a Friend We Have in Jesus





We are praying for you,



Rev. Keith Johnson, Octavian Rodriquez, Angelikka Carter, James Spaulding, Rev. and Mrs. Braxton, Dwaine Giggans, Johnie Mae Williams, Christine Ferguson, Rev. Michael Henderson, Rev. Veronica Buckner, Brother Daniel, Sister Simone, Ernest Woodard, and Mrs.Georgette Gale and Family, Mrs. Kathi Pinkard and Family, and the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland, in the passing of their loved ones, Bishops Staccato Powell and George D. Crenshaw, and Presiding Elder Rogers

Most Gracious Father,


It is First Church, Lord, and once more, and again we come into Your holy presence with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts.  We acknowledge our many-fold blessings and our unworthiness of your grace and mercy.  We pray that you will forgive us of our sins against You and that You will give us a clean heart, one that will let us serve You in spirit, truth and love. 


We are hard-pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.  We know that You have all things in Your hands.  We are persuaded that You can and will bring us through our circumstances.  God, we pray for the safety and blessing of our families and friends.  We petition Your direction in our lives as we go about life's day to day activities.  You have been our friend and Savior and we know that You will never leave us nor forsake us.  So, God, show Yourself mighty and strong in those areas where we are weak.  Continue to be a hedge around us and we will forever give You the honor and praise.  Amen.


Song of Praise - Oh How I Love Jesus








Tithes and Offerings


"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."  2nd Chronicles 9:7

Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab.  You may give via credit cards, PayPal (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


The Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church has announced the assignment of Bishop George D. Crenshaw as Presiding Bishop of the Western Episcopal District.  Welcome, Bishop Crenshaw to California and the First AME Zion Church, San Jose.


Sermonic Scripture Reading - Matthew 9:2


2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. (King James Version)

Mark 2:3


3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. (The Living Bible)

Luke 5:20

20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, "My friend, your sins are forgiven." (The Living Bible)

Song of Preparation - He's That Kind of Friend

Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith

Performed by Tramaine Hawkins

Performed by Pastor E. Dewey Smith

Performed by Community SDA of Englewood, NJ

Sermon - Friends Helping Friends

Pastor Rogers

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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) 688-6980 and First Church will celebrate with you as you make the best decision of your life.



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.

Performed by Jessy Dixon

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