ah first presbyterian churchATLANTIC HIGHLANDS --- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on how we are all born spiritually blind -- and if we want to see we have to let Jesus heal us -- during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service, marking the Fourth 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 "Who Sinned" and is based on John 9:141.

"Here is a long story about Jesus healing a man who had been born blind," according to Rack. "In a sense we are all born spiritually blind, requiring the new birth in the Spirit to begin to see the truth of who we are.

"This process is outlined in this passage, including an investigation by the authorities and the frightened testimony of his parents. 'I once was blind, but now I see' is now part of a great hymn, and it describes the Christian life. If we want to see, we have to let Jesus heal us."

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 at the First Presbyterian Church will be held during the 11 a.m. service on Easter Sunday.