ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach Sunday on the "bread" of Jesus' teachings which, the pastor says, leads "one to spiritual life just as food is necessary for the physical body."
The pastor's sermon at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the First Presbyterian Church will be entitled "Wonder Bread" and will be based on John 6:22-34.
"After the miracle of feeding the 5,000, Jesus begins to talk to the people," according to Rack. "First he (Jesus) has to get it out of their heads that this is all about regular bread. Rather, he is speaking metaphorically and symbolically about the “bread” of his teaching. Jesus gives himself as the “bread” which energizes our spirit."
The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service, including an introit entitled "Nothing But the Blood" and an adaptation of "Shine, Jesus Shine."
Sunday School will begin right after the children’s sermon and all area children are invited to attend.
The church is also continuing its shorter, informal weekend service but now at 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings rather than Saturdays. The service is entitled a "Gathering in God's Love" and all area residents are invited.
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 onregular basis through the church for the pantry.The emphasis for donations for the coming month is "May Flours," which includes baking items or treats like flour, sugar, vegetable oil, non-stick baking spray, brownies, cake mixes, and boxes of store-bought, ready-to-eat cookies or snacks.
The food pantry is operated by the Association of Area Community Churches. Presbyterian Church donors are asked to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable items in the entrance Narthex at the church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves.
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.