ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -- The Rev. Michael Riley will preach Sunday on Paul's advice to the Romans that living in joy is not always easy but is rewarding in a message entitled "Easier Said Than Done."

   The worship service at the 121-year-old, handicapped accessible First Presbyterian Church, Third and E. Highland Aves., begins at 10 a.m.

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Rev. Michael Riley

   The new pastor also will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series when youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing a personal "treasure" in a brown paper bag. Riley then picks one bag and creates a children's message from its contents.

   In addition to being the church's pastor, Riley is a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His weekly Press column, "Only Human," appears on Fridays.

   Child care for four-year-olds and younger is provided during the regular 10 a.m. Sunday service.