ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will explain how Jesus' raising of Lazarus represents our hope that life and love always win in the end.
The pastor will present his message, entitled "Take Away the Stone" during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service, marking the Fourth Sunday of Lent, at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands.
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 is based on John 11:1-45.
"Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead is another piece of the puzzle this gospel is presenting about new life, according to Rack. "Here Lazarus also represents us, humans subject to death and decay.
"The story shows that trusting and obeying Jesus will deliver us from the power of death. Participating in his "I am” will bring us out of our tomb-like existence, and into the Light.
"Jesus has the power to redeem us from anything; nothing can ever separate us from God’s love in him. Lazarus represents our hope… not that we will endure forever in this mortal body, but that life and love always win in the end."
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.