ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie will preside over the ordination and installation of recently elected members of the church governing body, the Session, and Board of Deacons during Sunday’s worship service.
She will also be the guest preacher during the 10 a.m. Second Sunday of Lent service and administer monthly Holy Communion.
The visiting minister’s sermon is entitled “Faithfully Connecting All the Dots.”
“Some things are hard to believe and some things we just don’t want to believe,” according to Macfie. “Abraham found it hard to believe he and Sarah were to have a child. He was 99 and she 90.
“Peter struggled with the idea that Christ’s suffering and dying on a cross could be connected to future glory.
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“Both had a difficult time trusting God to do what they thought impossible,” the minister explains “However, even in their doubts, they continued to believe.”
“Where is God in our equations of what is believable and possible?”
The Rev. Michael Riley, First Presbyterian Church pastor, greets guest preacher Rev. Barbara Macfie following a recent appearance at the Atlantic Highlands church.
The church’s pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will act as liturgist during the service and will continue his “mystery bag” children’s sermon series where youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by placing a personal “treasure” in brown paper bags. He then picks a bag and creates a children’s message from its contents.
Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will resume next, Sunday, March 11, while the pastor’s wife, Sue Riley, will preach that day because Rev. Riley will be vacationing that week. The pastor will return to the pulpit March 18.
Macfie has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 12 years and is a counselor who concentrates on her private practice at Phoenix Counseling Center, Metuchen.
Riley is an author, editorial writer, staff writer and Asbury Park Press columnist, as well as the leader of the 122-year-old handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. His column, “Only Human,” appears in The Press Fridays.
Child care for youngsters four and under is provided during all Sunday worship services.