ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach Sunday on Jesus' effort to work out some issues with his disciples as he prepares them for their ongoing ministries.
The title of the pastor's sermon is "Rehab" and is based on John 21:15-25. It will be presented at the 11 a.m. Mother's Day worship service at the 126-year-old First Presbyterian Church at Third & E. Highland Aves.
Elder Ray Carroll will serve as liturgist and the David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform.
"First, he has to get Peter to work through his guilt about having denied Jesus three times," the pastor says. "Then he has to establish the relationship between Peter and the unnamed 'Beloved Disciple' so there will be no rivalry or factions.
"In the end it is all about the power of forgiveness. Peter is given the authority to feed the 'sheep' but loses his freedom. The 'Beloved Disciple,' though, remains the witness to Jesus' presence."
All area residents are invited to Sunday's service while all young people are welcome to attend Sunday School, both beginning at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served both before and after the service.
At Sunday's service, the congregation is urged to contribute to the Church World Services "Blanket Sunday" program.
On Saturday, May 14, the church Board of Deacons will be participating in the annual town-wide garage sale by selling bag lunches on the church steps.
Area residents are also invited to attend weekly Bible Study at 11:15 a.m Wednesday at Sissy's Restaurant in the yacht harbor.