ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Michael Riley will be preaching Sunday on how Jesus' parable of the barren fig tree teaches about both God's justice and the mercy of his son.
     His sermon, entitled "A Flying Fig," will be presented during the 10 a.m. worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.

     Deacon Nancy Falkenhagen will serve as the liturgist.

     Riley will also continue his "mystery" children's sermon series, creating a message from items given him by the youngsters of the church. Sunday School will follow.

     The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will also sing.

     The scheduled hymns are "In the Day of Need," "There is a Wideness in God's Mercy" and "Here I Am,  Lord."
     The Sessions will host a coffee hour following the service.

     Riley has been an ordained minister for over 20 years and is the former pastor of the church. He is a staff writer, columnist and 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 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 each worship service.