ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on how Jesus described himself as the "good shepherd" during the First Presbyterian Church's 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Gazebo in the municipal yacht harbor.
Rack, the church's pastor, will present a message entitled "Other Sheep" based John 10:7:21, during which he described Jesus as continuing his rant about the difference between good a bad leadership.
"He (Jesus) also makes a remarkable statement about there being other sheep that are not of this fold, which is to say, other people in his holy community who are not Jews," the pastor explains. "This opens the church to the mission to the Gentiles, and also makes space for the possibility of accepting followers who are not defined by the conventional, institutional, religious definitions.
"Fortunately, because he is the truly Human One, there is a sense in which he (Jesus) has chosen to include everyone. The tragedy is that some exclude themselves from his love."
The pastor will also administer Holy Communion during the service, which is open to the public.
Elder Ray Carroll will act as liturgist and organist David Nunez will provide the music for the service, which will feature an offertory anthem by Elder Peter Donoghue.
Sunday services for the rest of the summer will be held in the church's air-conditioned Fellowship Hall, rather than the chur sanctuary, with the exception of the Sept. 27 when worship again will be held at the Gazebo.
Informal Sunday evening services at the church will resume Sept. 6.
In marking our church's 125-year anniversary, it is dedicating itself to the support of the Atlantic Highlands food pantry. Members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and 125 coins onregular basis.The emphasis for the rest of the summer is on lunches for schoolchildren who don't receive meals when school is out of session.