ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Pastor Paul F. Rack will present a message entitled "Hypocrites" during the Palm Sunday worship service starting at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
Members and friends, as well as all area residents, are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served before and after the church service.
According the Rack, "We will begin the service with the traditional procession of palms; later the tone of the service shifts to an anticipation of Jesus death on the cross."
The pastor's sermon is based on Mattew 23: 13-36.
"Anyone seeking to know why Jesus got himself crucified need look no further than Matthew 23, where he calls out the powerful religious and legal leaders of his society, explicitly condemning them as 'hypocrites,'” Rack says. "His words make it clear that he is thoroughly disgusted by leaders who make a point of looking good, while doing evil and corruption, especially among the poor.
"With these words he finishing making himself someone they wanted to do away with."
Elder Barbara Stone will be the liturgist for the service.
The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform special music during the service in the 127-year-old church at Third and East Highland avenues.
Child care is available during the service.
Members and friends are also invited to a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 13, at the church followed by a Candlelight Communion Service at 7 pm.
On Friday April 14 community churches will stage the annual Good Friday service starting at noon at the Quinn AME Chapel in the Hillside section of Middletown Township.
The annual community Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:30 a.m., Sunday. April 16 at the yacht municipal harbor.
Confirmation of new church members at the First Presbyterian Church will be held during the 11 a.m. service on Easter Sunday.