ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Sunday, the Rev. Michael Riley will examine the passage in Luke where a man's friends bring him to Jesus for healing and Jesus tells him to rise up because his sins are forgiven.
The pastor of the First Presbyterian Church will present the message, entitled "Paralyzed," during the 10 a.m. worship service on the Third Sunday of Easter at the church.
Riley, who is a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, 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.
Sunday School, to which all youngsters are invited, begins following the children's sermon.
The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will present special music during the service.
Riley, who has been pastor here for a year, is a former Baptist minister studying for ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA. In addition to being a columnist, he is a staff writer and editorial writer at The Press. His column, "Only Human," 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.