ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Members of the First Presbyterian Church will observe Memorial Day at Sunday's 10 a.m. worship service.
The Rev. Michael Riley's sermon honoring those who have died in the service of the United States is entitled "A Way Out of Hell" and is about the way to peace in a strife-ridden world, "the way of Jesus Christ as peacemaker and God the father who ends wars."
Among the hymns are "America the Beautiful" and "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory." The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will perform special music for the occasion.
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 him to create a message from the contents. Sunday school will follow the children's sermon.
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 has been pastor at the Atlantic Highlands Presbyterian Church for three years and a regular preacher before that.
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.