ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on how we can attain unity with God during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church.
Rack, the church's pastor, will present a message entitled "God Is as God Does," based John 10:22-42. He will also administer Communion.
Next Sunday. Sept. 6, the Rev. Wendy S. Bailey, general presbyter of Monmouth Presbyery, will both preach and serve Communion.
In regard to this Sunday's message, Rack explains, "Jesus claims again to be God, and asks his opponents to consider not just his words but his actions. It is doing what God does that verifies Jesus’ identity with God.\
"But it’s not just about Jesus; it is also about us. For through him we also attain unity with God, as verified by the things the disciples are able to accomplish in God’s name."
Elder Ray Carroll will act as liturgist Sunday and Brookdale Community College music professor Joe Accurso will substitute for organist David Nunez.
Sunday services for the rest of the summer will be held in Fellowship Hall, rather than the church sanctuary, with the exception of the Sept. 27 when worship again will be held at the Gazebo in the municipal yacht harbor.
In marking the church's 125-year anniversary, it is dedicating itself to the support of the Atlantic Highlands food pantry. Members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and 125 coins onregular basis.The emphasis for the rest of the summer is on lunches for schoolchildren who don't receive meals when school is out of session.
The food pantry is operated by the Association of Area Community Churches (AACC). First Presbyterian Church donors are asked to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable items in the entrance Narthex of the church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves.