The Epistle of James provides us the spark we need for this late summer series that gets us ready for the launch of fall programming. Many churches shift into a higher gear once the community’s schools have started up again. James gives us a chance to reflect on the nature of Christian service and how we can continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by engaging with our wider community in acts of service. One thing that is clear from current sociological research is that while there are many who question the institution of the church, getting involved in providing real help to better our neighborhoods and to lift up the individuals and families within them is an easy entry into the worship life of the church. James asks us to maintain an outward focus, even when we gather for worship. We invite you to engage with this epistle as we seek to be doers of the word.