ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — The Rev. Michael Riley will lead in the honoring of those who have given their lives for their country at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.

   The new pastor’s Memorial Day sermon is entitled “Until All Wars Cease.”

   The adult choir will lead the congregation in singing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” featuring soloist Peter Donoghue.

   Riley will continue his popular “mystery bag” children’s sermon series when youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by placing a personal “treasure” in a brown paper bag. He then picks one bag and creates a children’s message from its contents.

   Regular Sunday School classes, which are open to all area youngsters, begin after the children’s sermon.

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   The pastor will also continue his weekly Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a class to which all members and friends of the church are welcome.

   Riley has been the church’s pastor since April 1. He is also a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His weekly Press column, “Only Human,” appears on Fridays.

   The 121-year-old handicapped accessible church at the corner of Third and E. Highland Aves. A new municipal parking lot is available next to the Christian Education Building on E. Highland avenue.

   Child care for four-year-olds and younger is provided during the regular 10 a.m. Sunday worship service.

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