ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Paul F. Rack will mark the Third Sunday of Advent this weekend by preaching on the "Spirit of Justice"  at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.

       The church will also continue its recently initiated informal service at 7 p.m. Saturday. The new 30-minute Saturday evening service is intended to offer area residents, both children and adults, an alternate time to worship together.   

       Both services will be held in the church's festively decorated sanctuary.

       According to the pastor, the Sunday sermon focuses on Isaiah 61:1-4 and 8-11 and conveys Jesus' message quoted at the beginning of his ministry, referring to the new world that God is bringing about.

       The David Nunez-directed adult choir will provide the music for the service.

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

       A Christmas skit will be performed by church youth during the Sunday, Dec. 21, worship service.

       The church will conduct its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.

       On Sunday, Dec. 28, the 11 a.m. service will largely consist to the singing of the carols of the holiday season.

       On Sunday, Jan. 4, the church will conduct a "Great Blessing of the Waters" prayer service at 12:30 p.m. in the municipal yacht harbor.

       Child care and activities for all children are provided during all services at the church, which is located at the corner of Third and East Highland Aves., where extra parking is available is in a new municipal lot next to the Christian Education building on East Highland Ave.