ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS --- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on how Jesus reframes our whole life during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service -- marking the Third Sunday of Lent -- 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 "Everything I Have Ever Done" and is based on John 4:5-42.
"When Jesus’ encounters a woman of Samaria, she is led to evangelize her whole town by bidding them come and see a man who told her 'everything she has ever done.' according to Pastor Rack. "That is how Jesus reframes our whole life, by giving us a different way of seeing and talking about who we are.
"The Christian life is about moving from a life of dissipation and compromise to a new life in which everything fits together and works together for good. Because she met Jesus, not only is her whole life rearranged, but she is inspired to go and tell all her friends and neighbors about it.
"Her whole village comes to see Jesus because of her witness."
Elder Judy Curry-Phipps will be the liturgist for the service.
The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform special music during the service in the 127-year-old church at Third and East Highland avenues.
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.
Members and friends are also invited to a pot luck supper at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the church and to attend the annual community Good Friday service starting at noon, Friday, April 14, at the Quinn AME Chapel in the Hillside section of Middletown Township.
The annual community Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:30 a.m., Sunday. April 16 at the yacht municipal harbor.
Confirmation of new church members will be held during the 11 a.m. service on Easter Sunday.