ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Pastor Michael Riley will be preaching on what Jesus meant when he cried out from the cross, "It is finished?"

   Riley's sermon, entitled "The Ongoing Ending," will be presented at the 10 a.m. worship service on the fifth Sunday of Lent.

   The minister will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series during which youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by putting personal "treasures" in small bags and challenging Riley to create a message from the contents.

   Sunday School, which is open to all area children, follows the children's sermon.

   The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will perform special Lenten music during the service.

   Riley has been an ordained minister since 1985 and served as the pastor of three Baptist churches over a period of 20 years before turning to journalism full-time in 1997.

   He is as columnist, staff writer and an editorial writer for the Asbury Park Press. His weekly column, "The Irreverent Reverend," appears in The Press on Fridays.

   The 123-year-old, handicapped-accessible Presbyterian 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.

   The church provides child care during all worship services.