ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The First Presbyterian Church will initiate Saturday evening contemporary services beginning at 7 p.m., Nov. 29.

     The church's regular 11 a.m. Sunday worship service will continue under the leadership of its pastor, the Rev. Paul F. Rack. This coming Sunday, Nov. 30, the first Sunday of Advent, the title of the pastor's sermon will be "Dancing Under Bombs."

     "God is coming to redeem and renew the world," according to Rack. "But this often looks like the destruction of our old ways of thinking and acting. Part of awaiting and preparing for God is being okay with that. It is having the courage, hope and trust to have our chains broken off of you."

     The sermon Is based on Isaiah 64:1-12.

     "It's the First Sunday of Advent, a season when we look forward to God's coming into the world in Jesus Christ. What we anticipate in Advent is the end of the world," Rack said. "That means the crumbling of systems of oppression and injustice, and it means the revelation of Jesus Christ, God's love Incarnate, as the true purpose, goal, and meaning of the world."

     The David Nunez-directed adult choir will provide the music at the Sunday service. The choir practices at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and is seeking new members.

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

     Child care and activities for all children are provided during all services at the church, located at the corner of Third and East Highland Aves.    

     The 124-year-old church will hold its Hanging of the Greens service at the beginning of the Saturday evening worship.

     The church also announced that its annual Christmas Eve service will be held a 8 p.m. on Dec. 24.

     Extra parking is available at the new municipal lot on East Highland Ave.