ah gazebo 2012 400ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- All  area residents are invited  to worship Sunday at the Gazebo in the municipal harbor. The annual First Presbyterian Church picnic will follow the 11 a.m. service.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the
air-conditioned Fellowship Hall in the rear of the church at Third and East Highland avenues.

The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on why Jesus' coming "in the flesh" is so important in a sermon entitled "Matter Matters," based on II John 1-13.

"The historicality of Jesus was apparently hotly contested in the early church," according to the pastor. "Many seem to have claimed that he was not a mortal human. Some claim this today as well.

"Why is Jesus' coming 'in the flesh' so important? What does this confession mean for us today? How is this belief revealed in the way we live?'

Musical director David Nunez will provide the music.

Sunday's service at the Gazebo will be followed be the annual picnic. Both the service and picnic are joint activities with the Hope Presbyterian Church of Tinton Falls.

Members and friends are urged to bring food for the picnic, first leaving a message as to what they' will be bringing with the church office at 732 291-9265.

The church will also worship at the Gazebo on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Rack is pastor of both the local First Presbyterian Church and the Hope Presbyterian Church.