ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The First Presbyterian Church will mark the third Sunday of Lent with the Rev. Kathy Genus of Toms River offering a message entitled "Be Watchful."
All area residents are invited to attend Sunday's 10 a.m. worship service at the 127-year-old church at Third and East Highlands Aves.
This week Reverend Genus we will focus on Tuesday of Holy Week.
"It is a very long day for Jesus as he escalates the conflict with the scribes and priests at the Temple. Jesus warns to be watchful of the powerful who will take the last coins of a widow and warns the disciples not to be impressed with the fleeting success of this world. It is easy for any of us to get caught up in the throws of a well-executed plan of oppression," according to Genus.
"As we study our text this week, we are being warned to stay awake, and pay attention!"
Elder Judy Curry Phipps will serve as the liturgist for the service.
Organist David Nunez will provide the music. Among the hymns to be sung are "Thy Word," "Change My Heart O God," "Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ" and "Crown Him With Many Crowns."
Genus, who lives in Toms River, is a graduate both Thomas A. Edison College and New Brunswick Theological Seminary and is a certified Christian educator in the Presbyterian Church USA.
She is the former pastor of the Osceola Presbyterian Church in Clark.
On Good Friday, the church will participate in a Stations of the Cross program from noon to 3 p.m. at various local churches.