ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie will preach on “His Steadfast Love Endures Forever” during the 10 a.m. Palm Sunday worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.
She will also administer Holy Communion and preside at the ordination of newly elected deacon Jenn Luyster.
The church’s pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will act as liturgist and will continue his “mystery bag” children’s sermon series where youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by placing a personal “treasure” in a brown paper bag. He then picks a bag and creates a children’s message from its contents.
Macfie’s sermon is based on Mark 11: 1-11 and is about the irony that is at the heart of Holy Week, a time period that begins with the people crying “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!” And as their cries grow faint and they become disappointed, little did they know that their hopes would be fulfilled in very unexpected ways.
The adult choir will also sing this Sunday, presenting “The Palms,” featuring baritone Peter Donoghue, and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The choir rehearses at 7:30 p.m on Thursdays and welcomes new members.
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The congregation will sing “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” “Ride On! Ride On in Majesty“ and “Ah, Holy Jesus” during the service.
Pastor Riley will be back in the pulpit next week, Easter Sunday.
Riley’s weekly Genesis Bible Study is being held at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
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 and Asbury Park Press columnist, as well as the leader of the 121-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.