ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will mark "Christ the King Sunday" this week by preaching on how the ramifications of Jesus' death redeem us all throughout our whole lives.
The sermon planned Sunday by the church pastor at 126-year-old the First Presbyterian Church at Third and East Highlands Aves. is entitled "The King Much Die" and is based on the Biblical message offered in Luke 23:33-43. His message will be presented during the 11 a.m. worship service at the church.
"This is the last Sunday before Advent," Rack reports.
"Jesus was crucified under the Roman inscription 'The King of the Jews.' This is not just a past event but a permanent dynamic of the soul in which we have to die in order to live," the pastor says.
"True change does not come easy. Jesus calls on us repeatedly to give up our lives, then he gives us the example of giving up his own for us and all. This would be nonsensical were it not for the certain hope of resurrection to new and eternal life, a resurrection in which we participate even now."
In addition to Sunday's service, the church conducts a weekly Bible Study entitled "Bible by the Bay" at 11 a.m. Tuesdays at Sissy's Restaurant in the municipal yacht harbor, to which all area residents are invited.
The church and other members of the Area Association of Community Churches will participate in a Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23 at Kings Highway Faith Fellowship at 44 Memorial Parkway.