FIRST AME ZION CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020
The Call to Worship and Invocation
Bless the Lord, O my soul. This the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Come Heavenly Father and be with us that we may give You praise and glory. Let us be filled with Your Love that We have come into this virtual place of worship and gathered in His name to worship Him. This is the day that the Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Heavenly Father, please receive us today, empty pitchers to be filled with Your Holy Spirit. Give us the love for one another that we so desperately need to face this world of hate and deceit. Reveal unto us Your perfect will and grant us Thy peace.
Morning Hymn – Bless the Lord O My Soul
Scripture Reading -- II Timothy 2:1-13 (KJV)
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 am Redeemed
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, Betty Jo Smith, and Joe and Mary Brown, Kyles Temple AMEZ, Sacramento
Father God, we approach your throne of grace with praise and thanksgiving. We pray that you will forgive our sins and transgressions. We pray that you will sanctify us -- our thoughts, our words, and our deeds. Father, we want to be more like You and it is our earnest plea that You lead and guide us while on this Christian journey.
Dear God we bring before You those who are less fortunate and those who are lost and outside of Your arc of safety. We ask that you bless our homes, touch our loved ones, and keep our children safe from the hurt, harm, and danger that awaits them in the streets of our cities. Father, please be with those who are fighting breast cancer, letting them know that You are with them. We recognize that we are powerless against the wiles of the devil, but that You have all power in Your hands. We pray to resist the devil that he may flee from us and to be not deceived by the vain riches of this world.
Bless our Church family dear God, and restore to us the peace that comes when those who are called by Your name are praying and standing on one accord. Help us to leave what is past in Your hands and to move forward with the confidence and knowledge and You will take care of us and never abandon your children.
It is in Your precious name that we pray. Amen.
Song of Praise - He's My Everything
Tithes and Offerings – "All things come of Thee O Lord, and of Thine own, have we given Thee."
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
Today is Lay Council Day in the AME Zion Church. The first Connectional Laymen’s Organization was established by the action of the General Conference in 1916. However, because of the lack of interest and the needed support, the organization became dormant until its rebirth in 1948. After much research, work, and study of the Lay movement in other religious organizations by a concerned group of lay and clergy members, a Resolution which resulted in the rebirth of the organization was developed and submitted at the thirty-third Quadrennial session of the General Conference at Louisville, Kentucky on May 20, 1948. The Connectional Laymen’s Council was then, in fact, reborn.
Go to www.https://connectionallaycouncil.org/about-us/ to read more about our Lay Council.
A Message from our Voter Registration/Project 100 Coordinator, Susan Rigmaiden
Every member of First Church is encouraged to vote and to spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors about the importance of casting your ballot. This site will allow you to track your ballot as to when you will receive it, all the way until when it's processed. Go to https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot
Thank you to Sylvia Stokes who is also keeping First Church abreast of voting facts. Here's information provided by Sylvia that will help us stay on target for this election. Remember, vote as if your life depends on it.
All registered voters in California will receive a ballot by mail. However, in-person voting locations will be available to voters. Polling locations may be found online by visiting the Secretary of State's My Voter Status tool. Vote early!
California voters can vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs is now and continues to Monday, November 2, 2020. These dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Early voting and vote-by-mail ballot drop off locations may be found on the Secretary of State's Early Voting website.
What to bring
If you've voted in California before, you don't need to show ID.
If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't include your driver's license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you may be asked to provide ID when you vote. Acceptable forms include: copy of a recent utility bill, the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency, a US passport, driver license, official state identification card, or student identification card showing your name and photograph.
Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.
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 of the AME Zion Church, 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.
Sermonic Scripture Reading - Acts 5:12-16
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
Song of Preparation - Let the Church be the Church
Sermon -- The Community Church
Performed by The Times Square Choir
Performed by Jesse Dixon
Performed The Fellowship Baptist Church Reunion Choir
Invitation – Decision Time Now is the time when we offer Christ to you. If you wish to unite with our Church, please call (408) 688-6980.
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Performed by Marvin Winans
Performed by First United Tabernacle
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