ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Michael Riley will preach about the grand vision of John at the end of the Bible during Sunday’s 10 a.m. worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.

In a sermon entitled “Alpha and Omega: All Greek to Me,” the pastor will examine the premise that God is the beginning and the end and try to answer the question “but what about the middle, where we live and toil?”

Riley, who is a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, also will resume his “mystery bag” children’s sermon series during which youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by placing personal “treasures” in brown paper bags. The pastor then creates a message from the contents of a bag.

Sunday School, which is open to all area youngsters, begins following the children’s sermon.

The adult choir, under the direction of David Nunez, will also sing during the service. The group, which welcomes new members, rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.


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The pastor’s weekly Bible study is held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Riley, pastor since April, also reminds members that the church will hold its annual congregational and corporate meetings after church on Sunday, Jan. 29, during which 2012 officers will be elected and next year’s budget will be reviewed.

Riley is a former Baptist minister studying for ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA. In addition to being a columnist, he is a staff writer and editorial writer at The Press. His column, “Only Human,” appears on Fridays.

The 122-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves., has extra parking available in the new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building on East Highland Avenue.

Child care for four-year-olds and younger continues to be provided during the regular worship service.   


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