ah first presbyterian churchATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach that Jesus inspired his disciples to shed their fears and confront change and that we should all do the same in following the message of Christ.

The pastor's sermon will be presented during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.

All members and friends, as well as all area residents, are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served before and after the church service.

The pastor's sermon, entitled "Get Up and Do Not Be Afraid," is based on Matthew 17:1-9 and comes a week before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

"The disciples, having witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration in divine light with Moses and Elijah, are paralyzed with fear," according to Rack. "Jesus inspires them to continue on a journey without fear, which will take them to Jerusalem, his death, and his resurrection.

"It is the journey all who follow Jesus are on. The point is to walk into change without fear."

Elder Ray Carroll will serve as liturgist.

The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service in the 127-year-old church at Third and East Highland avenues.

Among the hymns scheduled during the service are "Of A Father's Love Begotten," "Angels, From the Realms of Glory," "Why Are Nations in an Uproar?" "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" and "Shine, Jesus Shine."

Child care is available during the service.

Area residents are also invited to attend the pastor's weekly "Bible by the Bay" Bible Study at 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Sissy's Restaurant in the municipal marina.