ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - With the rapid approach of Christmas, the theme of the Rev. Kathy Genus' Sunday sermon at the First Presbyterian Church will be how God's continuing presence always makes things new.

In a sermon entitled "Joy Comes in the Morning," Genus will cite scripture from Psalm 126 and Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, to show how "it is our personal responsibility to claim the truth as well as to be a witness to the light of Jesus Christ."

Her sermon is the third of a four-part Advent series called "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"

All area residents are invited to attend the 10 a.m. service at the festively decorated 127-year-old church at Third and East Highland avenues, which will feature Genus' message and the lighting of the third Advent candle.   

She will also peach at a 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 24th although there will not be a 10 a.m. service that day.

Genus lives in Toms River and has served congregations in the Monmouth and Elizabeth Presbyteries as a director of Christian Education. She was previously the pastor of Osceola Presbyterian Church in Clark Township.

She is a graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary and is a certified Christian educator.