FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021
Welcome to First AME Zion Church San Jose. Your presence brings us great joy. We thank God for you and pray that you are blessed by this worship experience.
The Call to Worship and Invocation
The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Heavenly Father, we pray that you bless us as we enter Your holy presence.
Morning Hymn – Standing on The Promises of God
Scripture Reading -- 4th Sunday of Epiphany Season - I Corinthians 1:18-31 (KJV)
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
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.
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 Can Go to God in 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, Tim and Sarah-Ann Pennington, Mrs. Barbara Hill in the passing of her brother.
Our Father up in heaven,
Thank you for another week of life and blessings. Many have suffered and died, yet you have seen fit to grant us another day. Thank you, Father. Please accept our humble plea to be forgiven for our sins against you. We come with 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 confusion. We pray for strength that we may hold us the blood-stained banner and be a living testimony 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 days. We go forward with the assurance that you will never leave us nor forsake us. We are standing on your promises. Amen.
Song of Praise -- Jesus Promised
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
Song of Preparation -- Walk on by Faith
The third Quarterly Conference of the 2020-2021 year will be held on next Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Zoom information will be sent to you via email. All officers are asked to submit their reports to Pastor Rogers via email by February 4, 2021.
First Church continues to abide by the CDC and State of California guidelines, as well as the decision of the Board of Bishops with regard to assembly during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I am urging our pastors and people to not assemble indoors until further notice. . . We must acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Simply stated, God is in charge, not mayors, governors, presidents, presiding elders, pastors, or bishops, for which we are delighted. Thank you for adhering to these directives. Continue to stay focused, serve faithfully, and stand firm."
Please check your text messages and email for further updates on the events and news about the schedule for all local AMEZ services.
Sermonic Scripture Reading -- 2nd Corinthians 5:7
7 For we walk by faith – not by sight. (King James Version)
Performed by Bishop Paul Morton
Performed by West Angeles COGIC
Performed by Chicago Mass Choir
Performed by Times Square Church Choir
Sermon - Seeing is Not Always Believing
Click Icon for sound.
Ronald L. Rogers, Pastor
First AME Zion Church San Jose
Today's Scripture -- 2nd Corinthians 5:7
"Seeing is Not Always Believing"
Invitation to Discipleship
The door of the church is open. Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. Jesus is waiting on you.
If you want to be a living sacrifice unto God, now is the time to make that decision. 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.