ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS —  The adult choir of the First Presbyterian Church will resume its weekly singing during this Sunday’s 10 a.m. worship service.

       The David Nunez-directed choir, which had been on summer hiatus, rehearses at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and welcomes new members.

       The Rev. Michael Riley will preach a sermon entitled “Bestiary,” focusing on what the animals in the Bible can teach us about Grace and God, according to Riley. It is based on scripture found in Genesis 1:20-25
       Among the hymns to be sung are “All Creatures of Our God and King.”
       The minister will continue his “mystery bag” children’s sermon series during which youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by putting personal “treasures” in small bags and challenging him to create a message from the contents.
       Riley has been an ordained minister since 1985 and served as a pastor for over 20 years before turning to journalism full-time in 1997. He was pastor at the First Presbyterian Church for the past three years and a regular preacher there before that and since. 

        He is as columnist, staff writer and an editorial writer for the Asbury Park Press. His weekly column, “The Irreverent Reverend,” appears in The Press on Fridays.
       The Riley-conducted weekly Bible study is held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday and is open to the public.
       The 123-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available in a 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 each worship service.

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