ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Pastor Michael Riley will preach Easter Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church about the risen Lord eating and speaking with his disciples after his resurrection.
The message during the 10 a.m. celebration service is entitled "Honey, Fish, and Blessing."
Riley, who is also a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series during which youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing personal "treasures" in brown paper bags. The minister then creates a message from the contents of a bag.
The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will present special music including "Hallelujah! Jesus Lives" and "Lamb of God," featuring soprano Patty Hinze.
Riley, who has been pastor since last April, is a former Baptist minister studying for ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA. In addition to being a columnist, he is a staff writer and editorial writer at The Press. His column, "Only Human," appears on Fridays.
The 122-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available in the new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building on East Highland Avenue.
Child care for four-year-olds and younger continues to be provided during the regular worship service.