ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Like Jesus did with his disciples, the Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on the need to spread the good news of unity in Sunday's message at the First Presbyterian Church.

The pastor's sermon, entitled "That They May Be One," is based on John 17 and will be presented during the 11 a.m. worship service at the 126-year-old church.

"In Jesus' final prayer with his disciples, he commissions them to go forth into the world, sharing in the oneness of God and spreading the good news of this unity with all," according to Rack.

"It was a central message of the early church, as we see in Paul's writings as well, that all are one. That is, social, economic and political divisions are either wiped out or don't matter. Our hatreds and hostilities are pointless Jesus males us one."

David Nunez and the adult choir will perform during the service

All  area residents are invited to Sunday's worship service while all young people are urged to attend the church Sunday School, both beginning at 11 a.m.

Area residents are also invited to attend weekly Bible Study at 11:15 a.m Wednesday at Sissy's Restaurant in the yacht harbor.

The church will conduct its annual Palm Sunday service on March 20, which is also the first day of spring, during which palms will be distribute to all members and visitors.

The following week, Holy Week, the church will conduct its annual Maundy Thursday Candlelight Communion Service at 7 p.m. while on Easter Sunday it will mark the "Resurrection of the Lord" at 11 a.m.