First AME Zion Church
Virtual Worship
Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Call to Worship and Invocation

This is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it. Today we bless your Name, Heavenly Father for the life and love that you have given us.  We praise You for the blessings that You so richly bestowed upon us.  Amen.

Morning Hymn --  Amazing Grace 

Performed by 50 COVID Affected Countries

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 -- Genesis 3:1-6, 22-23

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  
 

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
 

3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
 

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
 

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
 

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
 

22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
 

23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

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, Beola Baker,  Pinky Westry, J. Johnson,  David Williams, the Greater Cooper Church family, and Pastor Jawwad Love and Family

Prayer by Deacon Daniel Johnson

Song of Praise --  I Am Confident

Performed by The Gospel Music Workshop- Soloist Avis Graves, former musician The Church Without Walls, Houston

Tithes and Offerings

 

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

 

Visit our Gift section on the Gift tab.  You may give via credit cards, PayPal and Givelify.com (Download Givelify to your Smartphone).  If you prefer,  mail your tithes and offerings to First AMEZ Church, 95 S. 20th Street, San Jose CA 95116

Announcements

Our 153rd Annual Conference will commence on June 10, 2021 via Zoom. The Zoom link will be distributed.  Please keep Sister Aletha Johnson, our Annual Conference Delegate, in your prayers.

FIRST CHURCH RE-OPENING

 

Mark Your Calendar -- On May 25 the Boards of Trustees and Stewards met and voted to approve re-opening of our Church for on-site services starting on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.  Please keep our Church in your prayers and be sure to tell all of your friends and family that we are anxious to see them on June 27.

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. Our on-site services will resume on June 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

The Sermonic Scripture -- Ephesians 2:10 and Job 1:8

 

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Job 1:8

Then the Lord said to Satan, have you considered my servant Job?" There is no one on earth like him, he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.

Song of Preparation -- He's Preparing Me

Performed by Tufts Third Day Gospel Choir, soloist  Rev. Clarence Powell

Sermon -- Have You Been Considered?

Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor

Scripture:  Ephesians 2:10 and Job 1:8

Have You Been Considered?

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Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor

Text: Ephesians 2:10 and Job 1:8

Have You Been Considered?

 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.

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.