ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The Rev. Michael Riley and the members of the First Presbyterian Church will celebrate Pentecost during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

   The pastor’s sermon will be entitled “Holy Fire, Holy Wind, Holy Words,” a Pentecost message about the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives on the occasion marking the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples.

   The church will be festooned in red and members and friends are urged to dress in scarlet.

   The church will also mark Memorial Day weekend with the adult choir, directed by David Nunez, presenting a special arrangement of “God Bless American,” featuring baritone Peter Donoghue.

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


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   Sunday School, to which all youngsters are invited, begins following the children’s sermon.

   In addition to being a columnist, Riley he is a staff writer and editorial writer at The Press. His column, now called the “Irreverent Reverend,” 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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