ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — In answer to his critics, Jesus said who he is is revealed by what he does, according to the Rev. Paul F. Rack, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.
“It is the same with us in the sense that who we are is demonstrated in the quality of our actions,” said Rack, whose sermon will be entitled “The Works” at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the 125-year-old church.
The pastor’s message is based on John 5:19-47.
The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.
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Sunday School, which is open to all area children, begins following the children’s sermon.
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the 11 .m. service will have a Celtic theme, followed by a special Irish feast at noon.
According to Rack, Presbyterians have a claim to St. Patrick inasmuch as they emerged in Scotland, Scotland was evangelized by the Irish and the Irish were evangelized by St. Patrick, meaning St. Patrick as one of their spirtual forebears.
The church also continues to hold a shorter, informal service at 7 p.m. on Saturdays, entitled a “Gathering in God’s Love,” to which all area residents are invited.
At 7 p.m., April 2, the church will conduct a Maunday Thursday Passover seder to which the public is invited.
The annual Easter Sunrise Service, conducted by the Area Association of Community Chuches (AACC) will be held at 6:30 a.m. April 5 in the municipal yacht harbor with Central Baptist Church youth pastor Daniel Vitello preaching.
In marking its 125th anniversary, the First Presbyterian church is dedicating itself to the support of the local food pantry. Members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and money through the church for the pantry on a regular basis.
The food pantry is operated by the AACC. Presbyterian Church donors are asked to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable food stuffs in the entrance Narthex at the church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves. The emphasis for donations during March is boxed rice, potatoes, pasta and cereals.
Area residents are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study, called “Bible by the Bay,” which is held at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Sissy’s Restaurant in the harbor.