The service kicking off the New Year at the nearly 127-year-old church New Year, will honor St. Stephen, the First Martyr, and will feature Scripture readings from Isaiah 63:7-9 and Matthew 2:13-23.”
Elder Ray Carroll will conduct the service while Elder Barbara Stone will serve as the liturgist.
The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.
Hymns scheduled for the Jan. 1 service are "O Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noel," 'What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright," "He Came Down," "Let the Whole Creation Cry," "Mary and Joseph Came to the Temple" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem." The holiday hymn-sing will be held in lieu of a sermon normally offered by Pastor Paul F. Rack, who is away over the New Year's holiday.
At 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, the church will resume its weekly "Bible by the Bay" Bible Study program, conducted by Reverend Rack, at Sissy's Restaurant in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Yacht Harbor, to which all area residents at invited.
Rack, will return to the pulpit for the 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 service at the 126-year-old church at Third and East Highland Avenues. At 12:30 p.m., all area residents are invited to join the church as it marks "The Great Blessing of the Waters" on the beach to the west of the Municipal Marina.
Child care and Sunday School are offered during all 11 a.m. worship services.