ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -- The Rev. Michael Riley will explore how God uses unexpected people and events to bring people grace in his message at 10 a.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.
The pastor's sermon is entitled "Treasures in the Dark."
Riley, who is a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, will also 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.
Next Sunday, July 1, the Rev. Barbara Macfie will be the guest speaker at the church and will administer Communion, while Riley acts as liturgist. Riley will return to the pulpit on Sunday, July 8.
In addition to being a columnist, Riley he is a staff writer and editorial writer at The Press. His column, now called the "Irreverent Reverend," appears on Fridays.
The 122-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available in a 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.