ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - With the departure of Hurricane Irene and the restoration of power, the First Presbyterian Church will resume its Sunday services this weekend with the Rev. Barbara A. Macfie preaching and administering Holy Communion at 10 a.m.
The church canceled its service during the height of the storm.
The church's new pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will act as liturgist and will resume his "mystery bag" children's sermon series where youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing a personal "treasure" in a brown paper bag. Riley then picks a bag and creates a children's message
from its contents.
Macfie's sermon is entitled "Self-giving shepherds" and will focus on the stained-glass Shepherd's Window located in the rear of the Sanctuary.
She will use both Psalm 23 and the Gospel of John (10:11-18) do so.
The visiting preacher believes the window provides a picture of how much God cares for us and knows us, knows we are going to make mistakes and, at times, get lost.
Macfie says the window shows us that God loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to us. So, she says, when we look at this window, no matter what scripture reading comes to mind, one thing is certain and that is God’s love for us.
Macfie has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 12 years and is a counselor who concentrates on her private practice at Phoenix Counseling Center, Metuchen,
Riley is an author and Asbury Park Press columnist, as well as the leader of the 121-year-old handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves.
Sunday School will start on Sept. 18 and registration forms will be available Sunday in the back of the church.
The church will also begin regular Family Fellowship on Communion Sundays, the first Sunday of each month, following worship in Fellowship Hall with an activity and snack and coffee/tea/juice.
Child care is provided during all Sunday worship services.